TRENTON – Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff tells the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee that Gov. Chris Christie found education unavoidable in assessing a $10.7 billion budget deficit.
“This budget contains many tough choices, but I am convinced these choices are necessary,” says Sidamon-Eristoff. “Past legislatures and governors of both political parties would not address the problems.”
While New Jersey faces a budget gap, “I assure you, we don’t suffer from a leadership gap,” the treasure adds.
Thirty-six percent of the governor’s $29.3 billion budget contains education funds.
“This budget was impossible to achieve without cutting school aid,” Sidamon-Eristoff says.