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State Budget Hearings Begin Next Week [AUDIO]

New Jersey lawmakers are preparing to hold a series of budget hearings that begin next week.

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(Credit: Goodluz, ThinkStock)
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Gov. Christie Plans New Tax Rate for E-Cigarettes [AUDIO]

As part of his Fiscal Year 2015 State Budget plan, Gov. Chris Christie proposes taxing electronic cigarettes at the same rate as conventional cigarettes - $2.70 per pack. One state legislator, who has already asked the federal government to study the health impacts of e-cigarettes, supports the governor's idea.

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NJ Kids Ineligible for Drug Court Program [AUDIO]

Despite the heroin epidemic gripping the Garden State, juveniles are not currently eligible for New Jersey's drug court program, which offers supervised rehabilitation instead of jail time.

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Governor Chris Christie answers questions during the 112th Town Hall in Toms River.
(Governor's Office/Tim Larsen) Governor Chris Christie answers questions during the 112th Town Hall in Toms River.
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Christie Talks Pensions, ‘School Patriotism’ [VIDEO/AUDIO]

Gov. Chris Christie's 112th town hall meeting started with a focus on Superstorm Sandy and the second round of federal aid headed to New Jersey later this year, but much of the question-and-answer segment addressed issues unrelated to the October 2012 disaster.

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Bridgegate Messages Expose New Information [AUDIO]

Newly released versions of digital communications between two key Bridgegate figures portray arrogance, pettiness and callousness but shed no new light on the possible involvement of others.

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Gov. Chris Christie delivers his budget address
Gov. Chris Christie delivers his budget address (Jeff Zelevansky, Getty Images)
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Why Didn’t Governor Christie Propose Tax Cut? [AUDIO]

In his State of the State message Gov. Chris Christie hinted he would propose a tax cut in his Fiscal Year 2015 State Budget Address, but he didn't. That surprised many, but State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff explained that it all came down to money or more accurately, the lack of it.

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Who Caused NJ’s Road Salt Shortage? [AUDIO]

Who's to blame for New Jersey's road salt shortage this winter? It depends on who you ask.

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Democratic leaders react to Governor Christie's Budget Address (NJ Assembly Democrats Facebook)
Democratic leaders react to Governor Christie's Budget Address (NJ Assembly Democrats Facebook)
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NJ Dems: Job Growth, Economy Fixes Needed [AUDIO]

New Jersey Democrats responded to Gov. Chris Christie's $34.4 billion state budget Tuesday, calling for more job growth and an increase in state revenue.

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Gov. Chris Christie
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Thumbs Down From Unions on Pension Adjustments [AUDIO]

He didn't make any specific suggestions, but during his budget address Gov. Chris Christie did seem to suggest that additional accommodations will have to be made by public sector workers when it comes to their pensions and benefits, because the state simply will not be able to afford to pay out those costs in the future.

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Gov. Chris Christie delivers his budget address
Gov. Chris Christie (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Christie’s Proposals Could Lead to Rifts with Union Leaders [AUDIO]

During his budget address, Gov. Chris Christie trumpeted the idea of expanding educational opportunities, proposing $5 million in grants for schools to come up with different ideas about lengthening the school day, but he didn't offer specifics about how the state would pay for having children in school for more hours.

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