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NJ Dems say good, bad in Christie budget plan



TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Democratic leaders say they like some of Gov. Chris Christie’s spending plan for the next year. But they say he came up short on ways to deal with the state’s high property taxes and help the state’s low-income communities.

Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver says she was happy to see Christie agree to expand Medicaid and increase school funding.

But she says the governor needed to address New Jersey’s high property taxes.

Majority Leader Lou Greenwald is criticizing Christie for not speaking about the state’s high unemployment rate. And he says he disagrees with the governor’s plan to defer property tax rebates for three months to cope with an expected $400 million shortfall in the budget ending June 30.