Governor Chris Christie said that he will refuse to authorize any supplemental spending to address lead contamination in public schools’ drinking
New legislation to potentially mandate filters or additional testing for Newark schools, he said, should wait until experts have weighed in on the best course of action. When that time comes, Christie said that extra-budgetary spending will not be an option. Christie pocket vetoed a bill in January that would have set aside that same sum for the state’s Lead Hazard Control Assistance Fund.
“I just want to caution everybody not to have a knee-jerk reaction to this,” Christie said, pointing to the $12 million the state already spent on lead abatement this year. “My point to everybody is there is no danger in Newark at the moment. The children have been given alternate
“I would rather rely upon the experts to decide that, and not the politicians quite frankly,” he said of the state’s next steps in addressing the schools’
“What I’m doing today is taking FY ’16 money that has otherwise not been spent, and spending it on this. And it’s consistent with us not approving supplemental spending bills, which I won’t do. Because that’s what gets us into budget deficits. We budget for a certain amount of money, that’s the amount of money we should spend in a year absent some catastrophe like Hurricane Sandy.”