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(TRENTON) – Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic) released the following statement on Monday:

“Assembly leadership is of course willing to review the governor’s proposal, but we also will want to see the money go directly to cities, not into building a new layer of bureacracy that obliterates local autonomy.
“Despite the governor’s rhetoric, the DCA has always retained proper oversight authority. Language providing for oversight remained untouched in the budget. In fact, I’ve made clear that fiscal accountability is always a priority, though these cities that are under constant fiscal stress need a level of independence to decide how best to serve residents.
“The simple fact is the governor should have never cut this money.
“At the very least it’s good to see the governor moving toward correcting one of his many errors that put working class New Jerseyans at risk.”