Christie pares, signs New Jersey budget into law

(AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has taken $900 million worth of spending out of the $30.6 billion budgetsubmitted to him by the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

The line-item veto of the spending plan Christie announcedThursday averts a potential shutdown of nonessential governmentservices. The new fiscal year starts Friday.

The budget the Republican governor signed adds $150 million inpublic school aid on top of his original budget. It also keeps $447million for the state's poorest schools, which was ordered by thestate Supreme Court.

Christie vetoed outright a separate bill pushed through byDemocratic lawmakers. The so-called millionaires' tax would haveraised the income tax rate on some of New Jersey's wealthiestresidents.

The Democrats can attempt to override the governor's actions,but they will need help from some Republicans to succeed.NJ Senate approves $30.6B budget drafted by Dems Dems, GOP begin hashing out state budget dealAP wire services contributed to this report.

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