(TRENTON) – Assembly Budget Vice Chairman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic/Bergen/Essex) released the following statement Tuesday on Gov. Christie’s budget address:

“Gov. Christie’s cuts to state government are yet another reminder of the economic crisis facing our nation, state and local communities.

“But massive cuts to local schools, colleges, health care and economic development is the last thing this state needs and not what Gov. Christie promised to do.

“His hospital tax increase and plan to boost taxes on the working poor are particular worries, especially after Gov. Christie vowed repeatedly not to increases taxes.

“Budget cuts are necessary, but we have to be judicious about cutting spending to insure those less fortunate are not forced to carry the burden.

“The loss of property tax relief coupled with Gov. Christie’s 25 percent NJ Transit increase means the worst is yet to come for working New Jerseyans.”

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