More Hearings On Christie Budget Plan
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. March 25, 2013
New Jersey lawmakers are continuing to examine Governor Christie’s $32.9 billion budget plan.
They’ll be holding a series of hearings over the next few weeks to hear from the leaders of the various state departments.
Assembly budget committee chairman Vinnie Prieto expects many of the state Commissioners will focus on the recovery from Superstorm Sandy.
He says issues affecting all areas of the state also need attention.
Prieto wants to hear how the department heads might make adjustments to the proposed budget.
“If they think that they need to have cuts, what will those be? They can restructure it internal, but we’ll keep an eye on that to make sure that the proper programs are funded.”
Prieto says the Democratic leadership wants to make sure that programs that help the middle class are maintained in the budget.
He doubts whether there will be major changes to Christie's budget plan.
“With these tough fiscal times it is very hard to move mountains at this point in time. So we’ll be mindful. We’re just beginning the process. Things could change on a dime. So hopefully we’ll do the right thing.”