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Christie's Budget Sails Through New Jersey Legislature

A surprisingly tame budget season ended as New Jersey lawmakers approved Gov. Chris Christie’s $33 billion spending plan with only a few minor changes.
June 25, 2013

A surprisingly tame budget season ended as New Jersey lawmakers approved Gov. Chris Christie’s $33 billion spending plan with only a few minor changes.

Lawmakers from both parties blessed Christie’s budget — which is 4 percent, or $1.3 billion, larger than what he signed last year — after removing a $2 million pilot program for school vouchers and securing slightly more funding for education, nursing homes and programs for disabled residents.

The Assembly passed the budget, 52-25, and the Senate approved it, 29-11, with none of the insults or profanity-laced tirades that have marked the budget battles during Christie’s first three years in office.

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