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Christie Touts Recovery, Continued Momentum in Budget Address

The governor presented his $32.9 billion budget for fiscal year 2014.

Progress is evident. Momentum is building.

As he laid out his $32.9 billion proposed budget for fiscal year 2014 at the Statehouse Tuesday, Gov. Chris Christie said the state’s future, both economically and in recovery following Hurricane Sandy, is moving in the right direction.

With talk of compromise and bipartisanship — as well as a few customary jabs at former governor Jon Corzine’s administration — Christie called on the state’s Legislature to keep it going, to make the conscious decision to help New Jersey return to a position of prosperity it once knew.

Of course it will do so with the help of funding from the federal government.

Included in the governor’s proposed budget is just $40 million in supplemental aid for Sandy-related recovery efforts. And the Sandy funding is last resort funding, stopgap aid aimed only at bridging the delay gap between recovery projects and anticipated federal aid.

When it comes to making New Jersey whole again after being devastated by Sandy, the bill is being laid directly at the feet of the federal government with the hopes that its $50.7 billion in relief aid will cover the tab.

“In the past year, of course, our economy has been challenged by Superstorm Sandy. In the face of this unprecedented emergency, we have stood together,” Christie said during his address.

The proposed $40 million “contingency fund” will be used for expenses not reimbursed by the federal government. The funding, he said, will allow small business to reopen and infrastructure improvements to go ahead as planned as the state waits for federal aid.

According to New Jersey Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff, the supplemental aid could also be distributed to towns in need throughout the state by the Department of Community Affairs, though only as a final option. Municipalities have been instructed to send their requests for recovery aid or emergency cost reimbursements directly to the federal government.

In his 45-minute presentation, one that received several standing ovations from both Republicans and Democrats, Christie lauded what he said is a record amount of funding for schools, greater pension contributions, and the presentation of a balanced budget with no tax increase for residents.

Begrudgingly, Christie also announced the state’s expansion of its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Though he said he doesn’t approve of the bill, Christie said, as law, participation is necessary because it represents what’s best for New Jersey’s citizens.

Praised by state Republicans but chided as unrealistic by state Democrats, Christie’s budget could be significantly altered, some say, based on the actions of President Barack Obama and the U.S. House of Representatives. Should Congress and the White House fail to reach a compromise on budget cuts by this Friday, March 1, the U.S. would enter a sequestration.

Sequester would prompt significant funding cuts in federal aid, including trimming the $50.7 billion Sandy relief package only just approved by Congress in January. Funding for programs such as U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s Community Develop Block Grant program, which will be used to help residents in New Jersey rebuild and elevate their homes after Sandy, would be reduced.

If that’s the case, some worry the $40 million in Christie’s budget for contingency Sandy aid might not be enough.

State Sen. Linda Greenstein, D-14, said she believes the contingency fund is a good move by the governor. A member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, she said even if New Jersey sees every penny of the federal aid package its been promised, there might still be funding holes that need to be plugged. Seeing the aid package cut do to sequestration, however, could wind up costing New Jersey a lot more in its recovery effort.

“If sequestration goes through, no, (the $40 million) wouldn’t be enough,” she said. “I have a feeling if sequestration goes through we’re in some trouble.”

VietNam Vet March 03, 2013 at 06:10 AM
Stigg, you are so right, all this idiot knows how to do is spend money and go on lavish vacations at our expence with Moochele. This country is going down the tubes and they aren't trying to stop it.
VietNam Vet March 03, 2013 at 06:19 AM
Nose, I wouldn't even bother with this gut because he has his nose so far up dumbos butt, if he stopped kevin would have a broken nose. The DNC borrowed $10 million dollars and now says they have no intention of paying it back, if the RNC did that the demoncraps would have been all over it and never let that drop, but these pigs do it and thats OK. Thats whats wrong with this country today, but the day is coming to fight this all where it belongs, and its not at a crooked voting booth, because after last years election we'll never see an honest election in this country again. It showed us that we can't trust the lying crooked judges that were paid off, and we can't trust the election officials anymore either.
VietNam Vet March 03, 2013 at 07:02 AM
Hey Nedd you better answer that e-mail you just got Odumbo the " I'm not a dictator " is calling for you, he needs you to clean him up nice.
SockPuppet March 03, 2013 at 08:10 AM
Ojo, you thimblewit, there are things that one would like to be true, like "moving the goal posts" (a phrase from discredited former journalist Bob http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/02/bob-woodward-emails/62614/ Woodward) and things that are actually true. You're flailing, Ojo, in your hatred. One more time, Ojo, Woodward absolutely claimed that he felt threatened by Mr. Sperling's remarks, something that their email exchange proves false and proves Woodward KNEW was false way before he went sobbing to Faux. If you can read, read the emails. Afterwards, it would behoove you to STFU.
SockPuppet March 03, 2013 at 08:13 AM
Lordy, Nose, take a freaking writing course.
Drew Wilcow March 03, 2013 at 05:31 PM
More inconvenient FACTS: http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterferrara/2012/09/02/obamas-accelerating-downward-spiral-for-america/ How anyone can defend this President's performance in well beyond me! Unless I guess he's given you free cell phones, free food, a free place to live, and free cash to boot, then I understand! How is it you get on that wagon? Should I walk into work on Monday and quit? I'm damn close to thinking that IS the answer! Why bother working when the fruits of your labors are taken from you and given to those who don't work! What's the point? Maybe it is getting to be time for all Americans in private jobs to just quit! Just imagine! WTF would anyone in power do? Send the army to force us back to work?
Monk March 03, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Maybe confiscate your property?
stewart resmer March 03, 2013 at 07:47 PM
The Economists' statement opposing the Bush tax cuts was a statement signed by roughly 450 economists, including ten of the twenty-four American Nobel Prize laureates alive at the time, in February 2003 who urged the U.S. President George W. Bush not to enact the 2003 tax cuts; seeking and sought to gather public support for the position. The statement was printed as a full-page ad in The New York Times and released to the public through the Economic Policy Institute. According to the statement, the 450 plus economists who signed the statement believe that the 2003 Bush tax cuts will increase inequality and the budget deficit, decreasing the ability of the U.S. government to fund essential services, while failing to produce economic growth.[1][2] yeah inconvenient huh? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economists%27_statement_opposing_the_Bush_tax_cuts
Liberty March 03, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Wall St Journal article: http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424127887323940004578255810468323252-lMyQjAxMTAzMDAwMjEwNDIyWj.html?mod=wsj_share_email Also, Obama approval rating is down to 46 from a 53 less than 3 wks ago. I believe Gallup, not Nedd.
paul smith March 03, 2013 at 11:14 PM
@Drew....most of the 47% live in Red States... that's kind of "inconvenient" for the Tea Party brethren don't ya think?....how about Tea party strongholds govern as per their beliefs... and blue state NJ can get back more than 60 cents on the buck ... the Darwinian challenged strongholds of 'bama, mississippi and the home of the human turtle majority leader to name a few mooch off of places like the garden state.
paul smith March 03, 2013 at 11:40 PM
WHOOPS- meant MINORITY leader! Thank God!!
BillBalls March 04, 2013 at 12:04 AM
Let them take it! I’ll just stand there with my hand out and they’ll have to put me and 100 million other people up in hotels, with 3 squares a day severed to us, air conditioning, a pool, hot tubs, saunas, and heck free cell phones, along with WIC cards, Food Stamps, Medicare, mass transit passes, car services for where mass transit can’t reach, it is a great deal. Seriously, it is time for those of us still stupid enough to support those who don’t want to work, along with all the government workers, 85% of them having jobs because they are politically connected, to sit back, relax, plop our a$$es in a harmonic and chill out, just like they do!
BillBalls March 04, 2013 at 12:08 AM
Steward – If one were to read your resume, one can clearly see you are one of the chosen few who financially benefit from certain people being in government. You carry their water for them, and they reward you with high paying, do nothing jobs.
paul smith March 04, 2013 at 12:30 AM
but the majority leader is no bargain either... both are pathetic....
VietNam Vet March 04, 2013 at 12:59 AM
I just want to add that these stupid demoncraps are ruining everything and I wish we could just put them all in jail they're such poopyheads. I got my VA and Medicare, so they should just let everyone else just die off because after all, I'm set and I don't use the government benefits, not like these mooching minorities who come to this great country and steal from us hardworking Americans. Now they want health care for free and Odummy and the demoncraps are gonna give it to them it just makes me sick to think that we might actually help other people. Maybe if I keep calling them rude names on the interwebs they'll realize how stupid they are and go back to they're African country they were really born in.
paul smith March 04, 2013 at 01:02 AM
He could have done a lot better- Hagel is anti-Israel (at a minimum) and refers to the Iranian government as an "elected" government, as in the election wasn't rigged. Wrong example.
VietNam Vet March 04, 2013 at 01:03 AM
Hey kevin why don't you go eat a big pile of stinky boogers, you stinky booger brain demoncrap Odumbo lover? Your nothing but a big poopy face stinky butt. Hahaha I win you stink
stewart resmer March 04, 2013 at 01:06 AM
The GOP would fillibuster the nomination of the Pope if they could get in to the Vatican.
paul smith March 04, 2013 at 01:11 AM
Of course they would. The Catholic church preaches humility, compassion and charity until it hurts. They very things the human turtle and his cohorts find abhorrent. Many "GOP" members are equally repulsed by the stunts going on now from BOTH sides.
VietNam Vet March 04, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Oh yeah, nedd? Well your face is a terrible thing, you butt muncher. I bet you can't even get a date because your breath smells like poopy because you munch so much Odumbo butt. Doody face! Now get off my damn lawn or I'll get my hose!
paul smith March 04, 2013 at 01:34 AM
@Kevin Nedd- No, didn't serve- didn't get called in the '73 draft. Just wish you had a different example- this guy is too easy a target for the opposition-
paul smith March 04, 2013 at 03:25 AM
I respect your opinion but I still see him as anti-Israel and borderline appeaser with Iran. But just the same, he should have been up for an immediate vote pure and simple. I agree that a filibuster was obstructionist in this case.
Ojo Rojo March 04, 2013 at 04:25 AM
I am not terribly repulsed. Obama should have started cutting discretionary spending over a year ago. He hasn't cut a darn thing. He also already got his revenue increases, the largest tax increases this nation has ever seen but he pulled a re-trade and is now demanding more and refuses to cut a dime in spending til he gets more. Personally I hold him completely to blame for the impasse. A real leader would have been cutting spending by a million her and a billion there on a daily basis each and every day since that sequester was passed. But he hasn't done that. All he does is complain and play politics.
Ojo Rojo March 04, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Government agencies are not required to spend their entire budgets. I know this as a fact. Congress appropriates the funding, they don't spend the money. The executive branch does that. And FYI you clueless Hawaii resident, he has in the past signed executive orders mandating token spending cuts w/o Congressional approval. He could have done it again and mandated substantive spending cuts. He also could have proposed cuts and gotten Congress to pass those cuts into law. What did he do instead? He jetted around the country to rally the uninformed masses like you to protect wasteful spending all in the name of raising taxes.
stewart resmer March 04, 2013 at 12:15 PM
"Mr. Speaker, that's just not true," Gregory said. "They've made it very clear, as the president just did, that he has a plan that he's put forward that involves entitlement cuts, that involves spending cuts. That you've made a choice, as have Republicans, to leave tax loopholes in place and you'd rather have those and live with all these arbitrary cuts." We are seeing an oft repeated pattern here, where the right consistently attempts to substitute propaganda and talking points in furtherance of their political agenda the for facts, that is until they get outside of the Faux news studios.
Jack Q March 04, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Really, Stew. And the Prez's cabinet stating that the end of the world was coming if we go through with the sequestor that he came up with? That wasn't propaganda, along with factually inaccurate. Even the media is finally waking up and confronting the Obama admin and the spin is dizzying.
The Stig March 04, 2013 at 01:30 PM
Don't have to imagine it, it happened, only the Republican president's choice was voted down. In 1988 George Bush won an 8% victory, and CRUSHED Dukakis in the EC by 4:1. Bush nominated former Senator John Tower as his choice for Sect of Defense, but senators like Ted Kennedy claimed he was unfit because he was an alcoholic and a womanizer (what HYPOCRISY), and rejected the nomination. So don't talk about "sinking lower," every time the Reps drop a notch they are still looking down at the Liberal Dems, who wrote the playbook on dirty pool. Ironically, Bush's second choice was Dick Cheney, who used the fame gained from managing the DOD during the First Gulf War into his eventually spot as Veep for GWB. Sometimes unintended consequences are a B#$*@.
Ojo Rojo March 04, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Yeah go ahead and shoot the messenger b/c you don't like the message. Still doesn't change the fact that Obama doesn't need Congressional authority to not spend money that is appropriated. He can do that all by himself and he hasn't. He also hasn't proposed any substantial cuts. All the man has done is pass 2 massive tax increases and now he wants a 3rd. Well he isn't getting one b/c he already agreed that after that last tax increase that the next round of deficit reduction would come from cuts and the Republicans aren't going to just let him reneg like that. So if you just don't like the sequester or any of the highly visible symbolic or inconvenient cuts Obama is making b/c he refuses to find ways to cut spending that soften the blow on the public, then take it up with the man you worship blindly b/c he alone is to blame for not only proposing the sequester but also for refusing to make any spending cuts until forced to by the sequester.
stewart resmer March 04, 2013 at 01:39 PM
here jack-o http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMzd40i8TfA
paul smith March 04, 2013 at 01:39 PM
@Kevin- he was quoted as accusing a "Jewish lobby" of intimidating people in Washington, while he said he regretted those comments it was still said- In terms of Iran, their "democratically elected government" endorsed him I guess based on the fact that he said "the Obama administration supports “containment”" and called the country an “elected legitimate government.” First it should not be containment but prevention and if you look at the last Iranian election and resultant riots, I would put their election on par the the North Korean elections. Just the same, he's in and let's hope he does the right thing.

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