$2 million cut from NJ tourism budget

(AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has cut $2 million that would have paid for a tourism marketing campaign this spring.

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno delivered the disappointing news at the 2010 Governor's Conference on Tourism in Atlantic City Thursday.

Guadagno said New Jersey can't afford to fund tourism for the rest of the fiscal year that ends in June.

Guadagno apologized because a scheduling conflict kept the governor from attending. The lieutenant governor said it was a "rookie mistake" and said Christie would attend the conference next year.

New Jersey funds tourism through a 5 percent hotel-occupancy tax. The state Travel Industry Association says that will generate about $9 million in the next fiscal year.

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