TRENTON – Republicans took turns lambasting the Democrats’ proposed $30.6 billion budget as a political ploy designed simply to get Gov. Chris Christie to draw a veto line through bulked-up programs.
“This document is a political document,” said state Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-12) of Red Bank. “The money simply doesn’t exist and we’re appropriating it. It is the Ponzi scheme of state budgets that we’re considering today. …We don’t know where the economy is going. I have to admit, I am disappointed at what’s been presented.”
Among the Democrats’ wish list items trotted out Sunday night is a $50 million itemized list of restored police and fire aid, mostly for urban cities and acknowledged by sources as a face saver by a party flagging badly with public sector workers, a key Dem base.
Republicans harrumphed off the record that it’s little more than one example of the majority party firing up the glossy mailer presses that will be able to point out how Christie vetoed public safety aid.
“Where else, I don’t see how to make it work… If it’s not paid for, it’s out,” said one Republican, speaking on condition of anonymity, when asked if the governor will have no choice but to line item out the measure. Essentially yes, as with all other spending, another Republican told PolitckerNJ.com/State Street Wire, Christie will dig in with his veto pen.