Christie on transitional aid restoration: Ball in Legislature’s court

TRENTON – On the issue of restoring transitional aid to municipalities, Gov. Chris Christie today said the ball is in the Legislature’s court.

He said this summer he would restore $139 million but only if the Legislature included his demand for accountability and oversight.

Since then, nothing has happened.

“Language means nothing,’’ Christie said, “if you can’t pay people to enforce the language.”

The transitional aid was cut by Christie from the Democrats’ budget, but he later said he would restore it if they could ensure money was included for making sure the program was administered properly.

“I believe the Senate is in session next week,’’ Christie said. “The Assembly should come back the same day, they can pingpong it back and forth and I will sign it right away.

“The municipalities are trying to figure out what they should get. I cannot imagine a Democratic Legislature will say no to a governor who wants to spend $130 million-plus dollars to help struggling cities that they represent.

“Pass the bill. I’ll sign it. There’s nothing more I can do.”

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Christie on transitional aid restoration: Ball in Legislature’s court