NJ residents weigh in on Christie speech
People around the Garden State weighed in on the budget cuts announced by Gov. Chris Christie in Tuesday's budget address.
Christie announced sweeping cuts across many state agencies in an effort to correct New Jersey's financial position. The $29.3 billion budget proposal would eliminate property tax rebates for 2010 and cut state aid to towns and schools by more than $1 billion. The cuts would result in 1,300 layoffs of state employees.
"Christie is doing what he has to do; he said he was going to do this when he was running in the election," argues Roger Bettys, of Denville.
Karen Kundla, of Morristown, questioned Christie's decision on rebates, "Get rid of any property tax rebate? This is getting ridiculous; people can't even afford to live in NJ anymore."
The state constitution requires the new budget be voted on and signed by July 1.