New Jersey lawmakers reach budget deal, avoid government shutdown
By Kyle Maichle
TRENTON, New Jersey: Legislators and Governor Chris Christie reached a deal on a biennial state budget during the evening hours of June 21, 2010, which averts the possiblity of a government shutdown.
As part of the agreement, hearings on the state budget will begin on June 23, 2010, with the final vote scheduled on June 28, 2010. Most of the budget cuts that Governor Christie pursued in his originial budget would be upheld. Key restorations in the budget compromise include keeping the Sunday blue laws intact in Bergen County, keeping Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital open, and restoring funding for urban enterprise zones.
The compromise comes after legislators earlier in the day failed in its attempts to override Gov. Christie's veto on the millionaire's tax. The tax surcharge on citizens making over $1 million dollars was sought by Democrats who control both houses of the Legislature to fix the budget.