Despite weaker than projected state revenues that may force Governor Chris Christie to go back to the drawing board for a state budget this fiscal year, he took himself out of the equation and instead attacked two top Democratic leaders in the state legislature.

“We have gotten a lot of things done in a bipartisan way…and I will make no apologies for working with Democrats to get the big things done” Christie said during a town hall at a firehouse in East Hanover.

“We have balanced two budgets without raising taxes on the people of New Jersey, a two-percent property tax cap and reforming the pension and benefit system.”

Christie said he worked with plenty of state Democrats, including Senate President Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Oliver, Senator Stack and Senator Cunningham.

“These people put political party aside and got to work with me on getting this stuff done.”

But he then singled out the two leaders in the legislature, Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald and Senator Paul Sarlo, chair of the budget committee.

“Last year they put $816 million in additional spending in the state budget and had no tax revenues to pay for it. They knew their numbers were fake and they sent it to me anyway purely for politics” Christie said.

Even though April tax collection revenues are down and are increasing at half the rate necessary to meet the governor’s 4.8% projected growth this year, Christie turned the focus of his town hall to Sarlo and Greenwald.

“These same jokers are back now…they want us to trust them on their revenue numbers..and its coming from the same people who last year were completely wrong and wanted to inflate the budget over $800 million with no way to pay for it.”

“We’re going to have a fight here over the next 46 days you can count on that” Christie added.


Courtesy Governor’s Office