Sweeney says gov has to account for $5 million revenue loss

TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) said he does not know how lawmakers will plug a $5 million budget hole caused by Gov. Chris Christie’s 11th hour decision to scrap a business filing fee.

“I don’t know how we’re going to find that money or where, but the governor is going to have to explain it,” Sweeney told PolitickerNJ.com.

On the day it considers Christie’s $29.4 billion budget, the senate now awaits Assembly action before it proceeds here into the evening hours.

On Friday, Christie decided to chop the business tax as a concession to state Sen. Michael Doherty (R-Washington Twp.), who refused to support the supplemental budget bill. 

“If they want to suggest a cut, we’d really like to hear it; we’d really like the assistance,’ said Christie Press Secretary Michael Drewniak. “We haven’t heard them suggest a single cut all season.”

Sweeney says gov has to account for $5 million revenue loss