Gov. Christie delivers first budget address

Gov. Chris Christie delivered his first budget address Tuesday before a joint session of the Legislature.

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.

Reaction to the proposal by mayors from around the state was mixed. Democrats agree drastic measures must be taken, but say cutting the property tax rebate program may be the wrong choice.

Democrats also claim the governor is rescinding on a campaign promise to reinstitute the so-called millionaire's tax.

AP wire services contributed to this article.

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