Assembly Democratic leaders issue statement in advance of budget address

Assembly Democratic leaders fired an early volley Thursday in advance of next week’s budget address by Gov. Chris Christie.

Speaker Sheila Oliver, Majority Leader Joseph Cryan and Budget Chairman Louis Greenwald issued a joint statement that the upcoming fiscal plan must provide access to quality health care as well as provide property tax relief.

The trio, stating that property taxes increased 7 percent last year, want to see municipal aid maintained at this fiscal year’s level, and see that school districts receive no less aid than the current fiscal year.

“The governor cannot present another budget that places the heaviest burden on the backs of working class New Jerseyans,” Oliver said in the release.

Assembly Democratic leaders issue statement in advance of budget address