Partisanship abounds as Sidamon-Eristoff prepares to give his testimony on the budget

TRENTON – Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff settles into a chair facing the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee for the afternoon session. 

This is going to be D’s versus R’s

Hardcore.

“The sad reality is we don’t have money for the programs people want,” ranking state Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-Boonton Twp.) says for the minority. “Massive deficit increases and gimmicks will not help New Jersey recover.”

Committee Chairman Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge) now assumes the command position.

“Never has a sitting governor imposed a more onerous tax increase on the people of the State of New Jersey,” says Sarlo, referring to the school and municipal aid cuts proposed by Gov. Chris Christie in his $29.3 billion budget.

He excoriates the Christie administration for campaigning on transparency then daring to present a budget in brief just this past Tuesday in advance of today’s hearing.

“Embarrassing,” says Sarlo.

Partisanship abounds as Sidamon-Eristoff prepares to give his testimony on the budget