NJ legislators vote on deficit compromise bill

(AP) - New Jersey's U.S. senators say they votedagainst the deficit reduction deal because they believe it's unfairto working families.Democrats Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez

WASHINGTON - (AP) - New Jersey's U.S. senators say they votedagainst the deficit reduction deal because they believe it's unfairto working families.

Democrats Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez were among 26senators opposing the compromise deal that coupled an increase inthe government's borrowing limit with the promise of more than $2trillion in budget cuts over the next decade.

Lautenberg called the legislation "a shakedown" and accusedtea party Republicans of holding the country hostage to theirideological demands.

Menendez said the measure lowers the deficit "on the backs ofworking class Americans" and does not require corporations and thewealthy to pay their fair share.

On Monday, four of New Jersey's 13 House members voted againstthe bill. Republican Scott Garrett joined Democrats Frank Pallone,Rush Holt and Donald Payne in voting no.

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