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Senate President Steve Sweeney
Senate President Steve Sweeney (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Sweeney: We’ll Be Able to Reach a Budget Deal [AUDIO]

Will New Jersey's revenue shortfall affect the ability of state officials to hammer out a final budget deal? State Senate President Steve Sweeney doesn't think so.

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Coalition: NJ Lawmakers Must Consider Tax Hikes [AUDIO]

If New Jersey is going to invest in its most important priorities, the legislature should pass its own budget, and it should include revenue raisers according to Better Choices for New Jersey, a coalition of business groups, environmentalists and labor leaders.

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NJ Domestic Violence Group Makes Plea for More Funding [AUDIO]

Dozens of groups turned out for a public hearing on Gov. Chris Christie's proposed $34.4 billion state budget proposal at the Statehouse on Tuesday. Most asked for some extra money to be included for their groups, including an advocate for battered women who made a very compelling case for more funds.

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NJ Gov. Chris Christie Delivers Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Address
Gov. Chris Christie (Jeff Zelevansky, Getty Images)
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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.

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Senate Rejects House Conditions on Spending Bill

The Democratic-led Senate has rejected conditions that House Republicans attached to a temporary spending bill.

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Republican Study Committee Chairman U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) (2nd L) introduces the RSC's "American Health Care Reform Act" during a press conference with other members of the committee
Republican Study Committee Chairman U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) (2nd L) introduces the RSC's "American Health Care Reform Act" during a press conference with other members of the committee ( Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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House To Vote On Stopgap Funding Bill, Obamacare

The GOP-controlled House is cruising toward a vote to gut President Barack Obama's health care plan as part of a temporary funding bill to prevent a partial government shutdown on Oct. 1.

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Will Newark Budget Include Property Tax Cut?

Newark mayor and Senate hopeful Cory Booker says homeowners will see a reduction in property taxes on their next bill.

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Governor's Office/Tim Larsen
Governor's Office/Tim Larsen
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What’s The Big Deal About The Sequester? [VIDEO/AUDIO/POLL]

At the end of last week, there was a great deal of talk about the horrible effects across the nation that would take place if the automatic federal budget cuts that were triggered by the sequester took effect.

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Senate President Steve Sweeney and State Senator Paul Sarlo
Senate President Steve Sweeney and State Senator Paul Sarlo tour beach damage from Sandy. (Senate Democratic Office)
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Democrats Says Budget Cuts Needed Now [AUDIO]

Democratic leaders in the legislature say New Jersey's budget was in serious trouble long before Sandy battered the Garden State. They claim there is a huge revenue shortfall in the current fiscal year's spending plan and they strongly believe things are only going to get worse. Democrats say the time to indentify cuts is now.

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Governor Chris Christie
Governor's Office, Tim Larsen
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Chris Christie Nixes Faster Budget Reporting

Gov. Chris Christie has conditionally vetoed a bill that would have required more prompt reporting each month of state finances and expanded the areas covered by the law.

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