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NJ Lawmakers battle over family planning funds (Catherine Yeulet, ThinkStock)
NJ Lawmakers battle over family planning funds (Catherine Yeulet, ThinkStock)
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Lawmakers battle over family planning funds in New Jersey

In 2010, Gov. Chris Christie eliminated $7.45 million as a state budget line item for family planning and other women's health services. Every since then, Democratic lawmakers have added the funding into the state budget only to see Christie veto the money out.

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Lawmakers set to decide in four days how to spend $33 billion

With less than two weeks to go before lawmakers must meet a constitutional deadline for a signed and balanced state budget, New Jersey's budget process is about to kick into high gear.

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Millionaire’s tax hike – Take five

A millionaire's tax increase is likely to be included in the budget proposal expected to be introduced on Monday by Democratic leaders in the New Jersey Legislature.

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Governor Chris Christie delivers his budget address to the Legislature at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Chris Christie’s budget – NJ Democrats plan to present an alternative

The state legislature's Democratic majority is planning to present an alternative to the spending plan Gov. Chris Christie presented in his budget address in February, a speech which kicked off a series of town hall meetings focused on the state's underfunded pension system for public employees.

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Bond rating for New Jersey is now the second worst in nation

New Jersey's bond rating is now the second worst in the nation. While many taxpayers may think that doesn't impact them, it does. A weak credit rating will translate into higher interest rates when the state needs to borrow money, and it's the taxpayers who foot the bill.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his budget address, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his budget address, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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Chris Christie’s $33.8 billion budget for NJ – paying more, getting less?

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Christie's $33.8 billion budget won't go anywhere in the Legislature without a green light from Democratic leaders, and so far their reaction amounts to more of a yellow caution light.

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Jersey mayors are hoping to receive more state aid

New Jersey's mayors are crossing their fingers that they will see more money coming to their municipalities from the state in the future.

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New Jersey revenue running ahead of projections

State data shows New Jersey's government revenue was above Gov. Chris Christie's administration's projections for the first half of the fiscal year.

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A look at the governor’s summmer plans, the end of bipartisanship

In this edition of Political Bytes, David Matthau, Joe Cutter and I discuss what's on tap for Governor Christie this summer and whether or not this is the beginning of the end to bipartisanship as we know it

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Discussing the NJ Legislature’s Recent Budget Approval [VIDEO]

In this edition of our weekly Political Bytes videos, State House reporter Kevin McArdle and I discuss the state budget, which was approved Thursday by the NJ Legislature. We also discuss Gov. Chris Christie's potential response to the millionaire's tax that was included in the spending plan.

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