Prieto Calls Out Christie for Wasting Taxpayer Dollars to Protect His Own Political Interests

Assembly Budget Committee Chair Vincent Prieto called out Gov. Christie on Tuesday for his decision to waste millions of dollars on a special election for U.S. Senate three weeks before the regularly scheduled general election.

“Wasting roughly $12 million in taxpayer dollars to hold a special election three weeks before our general election is one of the worst instances of fiscal mismanagement I’ve seen in years and an egregious violation of the public trust.

“The Governor needs to decide whether the state is broke or flush with cash because he can’t have it both ways.

“I don’t know how he can argue with a straight face that we have no money to help the working poor or provide low-income women with access to health care and then throw away millions of dollars to protect his own political interests.

“If he is sincerely concerned with giving voters the chance to weigh in on their next elected U.S. Senator then he should allow this election to take place on the regularly scheduled general election date when turnout is at its highest,” said Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson).