SPEAKER OLIVER: ASSEMBLY BUDGET PANEL WILL GIVE GOV. CHRISTIE’S PLAN THE THOROUGH REVIEW THE PUBLIC DESERVES

(TRENTON) — Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex) on Thursday released the following statement on Gov. Chris Christie’s speech:

“The Assembly will give Gov. Christie’s plan a careful review. The Legislature has already demonstrated a willingness to work with the governor in bipartisan fashion to tackle New Jersey’s problems and that will continue on our end.

“I am immediately directing the Assembly Budget Committee to hold a hearing on Gov. Christie’s plan next week so we can begin analyzing it and give it the transparency that it so far has lacked and the public deserves.

“Gov Christie’s plan isn’t without worry for New Jerseyans and may well send the wrong message to our residents, investors and businesses.

“I fear Gov. Christie’s plan to slash education aid will hurt our children and increase the crushing property tax burden facing our taxpayers. This would especially hit our hard-working middle-class and poor hard amid an ongoing recession.”

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