Christie downplays Assembly Judiciary budget hearing as ‘election year theater’

NEWARK – Gov. Chris Christie criticized Wednesday’s scheduled  Assembly Judiciary hearing on legal service aid cuts as nothing more than political posturing.

“Tomorrow will be election year theater,” he said during a question-and-answer session during a bill signing ceremony in Newark today.

However, he said he refuses to get the least bit annoyed, saying if he did, he would be in “a perpetual state of annoyance.”

“Government is about choosing. When you are presented with a budget that is $1.3 billion out of balance, you have to choose,” he said, referring to the spending plan that Democrats introduced in June.

He added that he did add money to several items, such as education , hospitals and federally qualified health centers.

Christie added the Democrats should have been willing to negotiate during budget season, instead of stonewalling.

He said he will continue to reach across the aisle, as he’s done with several Democrats who joined him in Newark – Mayor Cory Booker, Assemblyman Albert Coutinho, Sen. Teresa Ruiz, Sen. Ray Lesniak, and Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo.

“We can walk and chew gum at the same time,” the governor said.

 

Christie downplays Assembly Judiciary budget hearing as ‘election year theater’