TRENTON - After initially cutting almost $150 million in "transitional aid" from his budget, Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) is breaking out the checkbook for New Jersey's poorest cities.
Christie announced plans to restore the money today with tougher oversight. He originally vetoed the funds because he says Democrats struck language from the budget that would cover state supervision.
State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) isn't buying it. Sweeney and other Democrats say the oversight has always been there, but the governor is using it as an excuse to cover up short-sighted cuts.
Last year, the state handed out $160 million in transitional aid. Christie says he wants to continue to shrink the amount cities get through the program.