TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie has signed a $32.5 billion state budget.
The signing came Monday, after Christie used his executive powers to veto two tax hikes passed by lawmakers and cut back the state’s contribution to pension funds for public workers.
Christie’s vetoes were expected.
The signing put a budget in place for Tuesday’s start of the fiscal year and averted any chance of a government shutdown, something that never seemed to be a serious threat this year.
Christie signed the budget in private and did not take reporters’ questions about it. His office announced the signing just before 6 p.m.
Not surprisingly, the budget fallout fell along party lines, with Christie saying more taxes would be irresponsible and Democrats accusing him of favoring the rich.