Christie Calls Judge’s Criticism on New Jersey Schools ‘Crazy’

Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 06:36 AM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a former U.S. attorney, said a judge’s report criticizing his budget cuts in school spending was “crazy.”

Christie, a first-term Republican, said he hasn’t considered how to balance the budget of the state with the highest tax burden if he’s ordered to spend more than $1 billion extra on public schools.

Judge Peter Doyne, in a report to the state Supreme Court, said Christie and the Democrat-controlled Legislature underfunded schools by $1.6 billion last year. Doyne concluded that the budget cuts violated the state Constitution.

“Our courts have become crazy,” Christie, 48, said in his monthly call-in show on WKXW-FM in Trenton yesterday. “This is like banging your head on the wall.”

Asked what he could cut to compensate for increased education spending, if the Supreme Court agrees with Doyne’s conclusion, Christie said: “I don’t know. We’ll have to see.”

Doyne’s report released yesterday said $1.6 billion in education cuts had prevented New Jersey schools from offering the “thorough and efficient” education required by the state Constitution. The Supreme Court could prescribe a remedy.

In the radio appearance, Christie said the ruling addressed the narrow question of funding for disadvantaged schools, excluding the bigger picture of New Jersey’s finances.

In an exchange with a caller who identified herself as Penny, Christie said he wants to raise worker health-care contributions to 30 percent, from an average of 8.5 percent.

Call From Penny

Penny, who didn’t give her surname, said she earns less than $8 an hour as a government employee and can’t afford to contribute more toward health care. She asked how he expected her to live.

“How I expect you to live, Penny, is you have to choose another health plan that’s not as rich as the one you have now,” Christie said. “That’s how.

‘‘We can no longer afford to pay 90-plus percent of your health care,’’ he said. ‘‘The benefits are too rich and what you pay is too little.’’

Elected officials have scrutinized the cost of employee benefits as a way to cut the cost of government. Forty-four states face combined deficits of more than $100 billion for fiscal year 2012, according to the Washington-based Center on Budget & Policy Priorities.


© Copyright 2014 Bloomberg News. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Tea Party Takes Two of Three GOP Races for US House in Georgia

Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 10:23 AM

Although the stunning upset win by political newcomer David Perdue in the Republican runoff for the Senate was the big n . . .

Big Turnout, 'Non-Politician' Image Gave Perdue Ga. Primary Win

Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 09:36 AM

A lucrative TV broadside portraying him as a non-politician and a major turnout of supporters in Atlanta and its surroun . . .

National Journal: Probability of Republican 'Wave' Growing

Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 08:13 AM

Political analysts who are predicting that 2014 will not produce a Republican wave are "whistling past the graveyard," . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved