$7.4M for family planning vetoed

TRENTON – Gov. Christie took the veto pen to $7.45 million that Democrats had hoped to restore to family planning

TRENTON – Gov. Christie took the veto pen to $7.45 million that Democrats had hoped to restore to family planning services.

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The bill also would have extended Medicaid coverage to people with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

Democratic Sens. Loretta Weinberg and Nia Gill earlier had argued strongly for restoration of the funds.

Democratic Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, who sponsored the lower chamber’s version, sharply criticized the administration for cutting S788/A3204.

“For two years, the governor was able to hide behind the guise of fiscal prudence when vetoing this legislation,” she said in a release.  “Given his rosy revenue projections for this year, there’s no reason why he should excise this funding when it provides such critical services women and low-income families.”

 

$7.4M for family planning vetoed