Governor Christopher Christie plans a speech to a joint session of the legislature next week about the state’s current year budget deficit, which is estimated at approximately $2.2 billion.
The speech is scheduled for some time next Thursday, according to a statement from Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak. Drewniak said that Christie spoke with Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-West Deptford) and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-East Orange) to request the joint session.
Both during his transition period and his first two weeks in office, Christie has repeatedly said the state is “broke” and chastised former Gov. Jon Corzine for approving $44 million in additional special municipal aid.