TRENTON – Gov.-elect Chris Christie today lashed out at outgoing Gov. Jon Corzine and the Joint Budget Oversight Committee (JBOC) over the appropriation of $44 million in special municipal aid to distressed cities.
“How do I feel about it? I think it’s an outrage,” said Christie, who said that Corzine was using “Wall Street math” by initially including the $44 million in budget savings. “If that’s the parting gift, we could have done with out it.”
“This is exactly the type of Wall Street fiscal shenanigans that got us in the spot we’re in right now. Seriously, there’s eight days left. Can he please keep his hand out of the cash register for the next eight days?” said Christie, who added that he felt the title “special extraordinary municipal aid” was a misnomer, because “when you give it every year, it’s no longer special or extraordinary.”
There was a brief moment of levity at the press conference, when Christie said that “hopefully” the legislature would not pass bills with “too much” spending. Unbeknownst to Christie, Senate President Richard Codey (D-Roseland) was in the back of the room.
“Not too much,” said Codey, leading to an eruption of laughter from Christie and reporters.