Gov Christie’s Budget Likely to Remain Unchanged
At just under $34.5 billion, Gov. Chris Christie’s Fiscal Year 2015 State Budget proposal would be the largest spending plan in state history, but that does not mean New Jersey is flush with cash.
At the Assembly Budget Committee’s second public hearing on the governor’s plan Tuesday, dozens of groups asked legislators to find some more money, but it doesn’t appear there is a lot to go around.
Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic) chairs the budget pane and was asked how many changes he expects to be made to Christie’s plan. “I’m not really sure at this moment in time. One of the big problems and one of the big issues is there seems to be little money.”
The ranking Republican on the budget committee is Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Red Bank). He was asked the same question.
“It is a bare bones budget,” said O’Scanlon. “It won’t be easy to make really any major changes. I don’t think we’re going to see and major changes.”