Gov. Christie Wants His Education Cuts to Stick

Monday, 25 Apr 2011 12:36 PM

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may defy the state’s Supreme Court if it orders that the Garden State must spend nearly $2 billion more on education, WTXF-TV Fox 29 News in Philadelphia reported.

christie, education, cutsOn his weekly radio show, the governor said that he’ll face “ugly, ugly choices” if the court decides against him. Christie cut about $1 billion from school aid this year to balance the budget. Advocates for children in poor cities sued.

The host of the radio program on New Jersey 101.5 FM, Eric Scott said the governor is considering his options if he were to defy the court.

"He's told the treasury, you know, draw up contingency plans, hospitals are going to close, almost all municipal aid will be cut,” Scott said. “All of these draconian cuts are possibilities if the state has to come up with, you know, almost another $2 billion. But he said yeah, there is certainly the possibility that we may simply say, 'No,' and see what happens.

"That would be a very interesting YouTube moment if the court finds the governor in contempt of their order and seeks to arrest him and, you know, force him to spend that money.”

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