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Gov. Chris Christie delivers his budget address
Gov. Chris Christie delivers his budget address (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Christie’s Proposals Could Lead to Rifts with Union Leaders [AUDIO]

During his budget address, Gov. Chris Christie trumpeted the idea of expanding educational opportunities, proposing $5 million in grants for schools to come up with different ideas about lengthening the school day, but he didn't offer specifics about how the state would pay for having children in school for more hours.

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Governor's Office/Tim Larsen
Governor's Office/Tim Larsen
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Christie: NJ Hampered by ‘Exploding’ Retiree Costs

Gov. Chris Christie will again take aim at what he calls the `exploding' costs of public employee pensions and health care in his fifth annual budget message.

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New Jersey Statehouse
New Jersey Statehouse (VisionsofAmerica/Joe Sohm, Getty Images)
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Gov. Christie: Make $2.25 Billion Pension Payment

Gov. Chris Christie will seek a $2.25 billion payment to the state pension system when he issues his proposed state budget at 2 p.m. today. This according to the following excerpts released at 6 a.m. this morning.

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Governor Chris Christie during Ask the Governor
Governor Chris Christie during Ask the Governor (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Top NJ Democrat Threatens Government Shutdown

At a State House press conference, the Senate president and Senate Budget Committee chairman talked about New Jersey’s current financial situation and they drew a line in the sand.

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New Jersey Statehouse
New Jersey Statehouse (VisionsofAmerica/Joe Sohm, Getty Images)
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State Treasury Department Releases Incomplete Revenue Figures

The Christie Administration may have broken some of its own rules by not providing full information in its latest tax revenue report.

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(Tim Larsen, Governor's Office)
(Tim Larsen, Governor's Office)
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NJ Legislature Approves $33 Billion State Budget

By a margin of 29 to 11, the New Jersey Senate has passed the almost $33 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 State budget. The Assembly followed suit late this afternoon. The new fiscal year starts midnight June 30.

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Governor Christie delivers his Budget Address
Governor Christie delivers his Budget Address (Governor's Office, Tim Larsen)
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No Surprises Expected in NJ Budget [AUDIO]

In late February, Gov. Chris Christie proposed what he described as a fiscally responsible budget plan. He set a specific dollar amount as governors always do. Rarely is the final spending plan as close to what was proposed as this year's budget is expected to be even though Democratic leaders are still tweaking it a bit.

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NJ Legislature
New Jersey Legislature (Tim Larsen, Governor's Office)
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NJ Budget Deal Could Be Close

In February, Governor Chris Christie proposed a $32.9 billion State Budget. Hearings on the spending plan have been going on for months and closed-door negotiations have been taking place for weeks. The constitutionally mandated deadline for a signed and balanced budget is midnight June 30, but it appears the process is way ahead of schedule.

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NJ Legislature
New Jersey Legislature (Tim Larsen, Governor's Office)
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NJ State Budget on Track For Early Approval

Legislative leaders in New Jersey are hoping to strike a deal on Gov. Chris Christie's $32.9 billion budget as early as Monday.

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Chris Christie Optimistic About On-Time Budget Deal

Gov. Chris Christie says he's optimistic he and the Democrat-led Legislature will strike an agreement on a state budget by the June 30 deadline.

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