Governor Christie presented his fiscal plan for 2015 yesterday and many are calling this a “pre-presidential” speech. There was something in this budget proposal for everyone, including liberals, moderates and conservatives.
“The budget proposed is making the largest pension payment ever in state history at $2.25 billion. At the same time the budget includes an increase of over $600 million in tax relief for New Jersey businesses,” Christie announced.
After the speech, former Governor Dick Codey pointed out how subdued Christie seemed and that he was a little quieter than usual. He also noted that Christie really needs to take ownership of the debt crisis plaguing the Garden State.
“This is a reoccurring theme with this governor he overestimates income to the state and as a result we’re always behind the eight-ball,” he explained.
Other critics like NJ Director for Communication Workers of America Hetty Rosenstein feel like Christie has flip-flopped on pensions.
“When he became governor he said ‘oh I didn’t know it was this bad,’ and so he made 30% cuts to the pension and workers’ pay 30% more, and then he got up and said ‘we’ve saved the pension,’ and now here we are and he is now renaming the pension an entitlement,” she said.
“Due to our pension, health care and debt obligations, only 6% of new spending can be focused on the areas where our constituents really want us to dedicate their money: education, tax relief, and public safety,” Christie announced.
Regardless of whether or not the budget proposal appealed to all parties, Christie will continue to have critics. Assemblyman Reed Gusciora spoke out about taking precautionary measures to ban Christie from writing a book.
“As an ethical stand I have a problem with allowing a sitting officer, governor, to sign a book deal while they are in office. Whenever you sign a book deal you usually get an advance and that in effect would be your salary and if you’re talking about garnering a popular governor such as Governor Christie, that book deal could be in the potential of the millions,” he explained.Watch Chasing New Jersey weeknights at 10pm on My9 and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!