Governor Christie Lambastes Legislature for Holding Up “Toolkit”
October 18, 2010 1 Comment
By Michael Aron
At a wide-ranging press availability this morning in his outer office, Governor Christie accused the Democratic majorities in the Legislature of “obstructionism” on his toolkit bills. He said a hard cap on property tax growth of 2% is coming on January 1, 2011, and if local costs aren’t put under control, the resulting layoffs of police, firefighters, teachers, and public works employees, will be laid at the doorstep of the Democrats. Christie said he’d invited Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver in several times to talk about this, but she never showed up after having said she would. He reminded Senate President Steve Sweeney that in July Sweeney promised passage of the toolkit by September. Sweeney is now promising floor votes by November 22nd. On other topics, the governor reiterated his opposition to the ARC tunnel project unless some other entity besides New Jersey agrees to pick up the cost overruns. He defended his Administration’s restrictive rules on medical marijuana. He sided against Cablevision in its battle with News Corp. And he called speculation about his running for President “a monumental waste of time.”
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