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Christie touts budget vetoes at Caldwell town hall

Local News | Jul 02, 2014

Christie touts budget vetoes at Caldwell town hall

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie defended his new $32.5 billion state budget on national TV and at a local town hall meeting Tuesday.

Christie touted his vetoes of Democratic tax hikes and railed against public employee benefits he says threaten to bankrupt the state. Christie presented himself as a no-nonsense, fiscal conservative as he works to repair his brand ahead of a potential presidential run.

He slammed state Democrats for trying to push through what he described as “crazy things,” like temporarily raising income taxes on those earning more than $1 million to fill an unexpected budget hole.

Christie vetoed the hikes and delayed contributions to the public employees’ pension fund to fill the gap, which his administration estimated at $2.75 billion over the current and previous fiscal year.