N.J. governor proposes budget with steep spending cuts

03/19/2010 | NYTimes.com

A $29.3 billion budget released by New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie this week relies almost entirely on spending cuts to compensate for lagging tax collections. Christie, who said the state is facing an $11 billion deficit, called for laying off 1,300 state workers, closings of state mental health facilities and an $820 million cut in public school funding. The budget also cuts almost $500 million in aid to cities and towns.

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