New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that his proposal to cut spending in the Garden State isn't about him because he isn't running again as the state's top official.
"I can muddle throughout the next couple of budgets and leave this mess for the next governor," Christie said while speaking at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park hotel Tuesday night at the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner, The Star-Ledger in New Jersey reported
"But that's been done too many times. This is not about me. This is about the next person and what we're going to leave them to deal with. We can ignore it if you like, but it's not going away. And it will impact each and every one of you and your businesses and employees," he said. "I'd be the least affected of the bunch. You'll see me leaving, waving, smiling, relieved."
"Let me be clear," he added, The Washington Post reported
. "[It is] not political. I'm never running in this state again. I'm done."
Christie is proposing
that New Jersey cut public-worker benefits and has argued that the state's economy will get worse if it doesn't, The Star-Ledger reported.
"Are things better in New Jersey than they were four years ago? Of course they are," said Christie, a potential GOP candidate for president in 2016. "But this can be turned around in the blink of an eye if we refuse to deal with these things honestly."
"It's time to dig in and make a few people unhappy so the greater good can be achieved," Christie added.
Christie is asking that the state assembly renew the 2 percent cap he put on raises for policemen and firemen. The New Jersey governor and the state legislature agreed to cut public worker benefits during his first term as well.
Democrats say that the reforms are working, but Christie is arguing that they need to do more in a state that is still struggling to recover from the recession.
The New Jersey Republican said that $2.25 billion of the $34.3 billion budget that he is proposing goes to the state pension system, which is the largest in the Garden State's history.
The large expenditure is preventing money from being put into education and healthcare as well as preventing tax cuts, Christie argued.
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