$15-per-month welfare cut reversed in NJ

TRENTON - (AP) - A planned cut to welfare payments forchildless New Jersey residents is being reversed after Democratsrestored funding in their budget for 2012.

Gov. Chris Christie had proposed in his budget to reduce monthlypayments through the General Assistance program by $15 per month.But days before the deadline, Democrats restored the money in thebudget that lawmakers adopted.

Christie left the welfare money in.

Human Services spokeswoman Nicole Brossoie says July paymentswill still include the cut, because the state's computers hadalready been programmed for the lower amount. The state willreimburse recipients in a future payment.

The General Assistance program provides income support forsingle adults and childless couples. A separate welfare programhelps those with children.

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