Assembly to scrutinize Gov. Christie's budget cuts

The New Jersey Assembly is reportedly scheduling hearings throughout the summer to assess and highlight the impact of Gov. Chris Christie's budget cuts on the

TRNETON - The New Jersey Assembly is reportedly scheduling hearings throughout the summer to assess and highlight the impact of Gov. Chris Christie's budget cuts on the poor and middle-class.

Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver says she wants the Assembly to hear firsthand how the Republican governor's line-item cuts affect children, women, working families, college students and nursing home residents.

High on the list is $537,000 Christie cut from an Essex County center for sexually and physically abused children, representing 75 percent of the center's total budget.

Democrats say they hope to undo the cuts they see as most damaging. To do so, Democrats would have to approve supplemental funding bills, which Christie would almost certainly veto. Or they would have to override his vetoes with a two-thirds majority, which is also doubtful.

AP wire services contributed to this report.

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