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New Jersey lawmakers get antsy about budget gap

Local News | May 08, 2014

New Jersey lawmakers get antsy about budget gap

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lawmakers are expected to grill New Jersey’s state treasurer for a second straight day on how Gov. Chris Christie intends to fill an $800 million budget gap between now and June 30.

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff is scheduled to appear Thursday at a state Senate budget hearing, one day after he appeared before an Assembly hearing.

He told lawmakers Wednesday that decisions have not been made on how the state will fill the gap, but listed some of the obligations the state has over the next two months. The list includes aid payments to hospitals, schools and universities and a pension contribution for public employees.

The treasurer also says the proposed $34.4 billion budget for the coming fiscal year might need to be rethought in light of this year’s shortfall.