Efforts To Overturn Budget Vetoes Continue To Fail

TRENTON – The state Senate met again today as Democrats continued to try without success to overturn Gov. Christie’s line item vetoes, spending items he cut from New Jersey’s budget.

Bills that would have restored funding for cities, higher education, municipal public safety grants, the Urban Enterprise Zone program and after-school programs for city children have failed to receive the necessary two-thirds majority to pass. Lawmakers split along party lines on the votes, 24-13.

“Governor Christie’s cutting After 3 school programs targets his wrath on working single parent mothers who struggle every day to make ends meet,” said state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Union.)  “The After 3 program also protects at risk children from gangs, drugs and violence.  Ending After 3 makes no sense, is irresponsible and cruel.”

“Just like yesterday, the Democrats are attempting to spend far more money than the state of New Jersey has in the bank,” said state Sen. Tom Kean (R-Union.)

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