More scrutiny of NJ budget proposal

(AP) - New Jersey's top budget officials face a second day of questioning about Gov. Chris Christie's proposed $29.3 billion budget.

Treasurer Andrew Eristoff and legislative budget officer David Rosen are scheduled to appear before the Senate Budget Committee Thursday. The two kicked off a weeks-long legislative budget review in the Assembly Wednesday.

Christie's budget slashes aid to schools and towns and suspends property tax rebates.

Democrats say the budget contains hidden tax increases on the working poor, middle-class and senior citizens while sparing the wealthy. Republicans say the new governor is taking overdue steps to halt New Jersey's reckless spending habits.

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