Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-West Deptford) accused GOP Gov. Christopher Christie of breaking his pledge of bi-partisan cooperation.
“So much for a handshake,” said Sweeney. “Governing by executive order and keeping plans secret until the last minute is not bipartisanship.
Sweeney said that Christie’s proposed spending cuts will close the budget cap “in an irresponsible manner.”
“Voters sent a clear message last November that they want smaller, more responsible government that is focused on its core responsibilities. These cuts don’t even begin that job,” Sweeney said. “Instead of using the state’s current surplus to protect property taxpayers, he is simply plowing under the small, middle-class districts that have been carefully watching their budgets.
Sweeney said Christie’s cuts to hospitals will be doubled by the loss of federal matching aid.
“Hopefully, he’ll remember what he promised during his inauguration and actually look to the Legislature as an active partner in governing, not just a studio audience,” Sweeney said.