Following the Majority’s passage of a budget out of balance by upwards of $700 million, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) issued the following statement:
Poll-tested politics was the driving force behind the Majority’s budget plan. How else could one explain the decision to ignore the law and submit a budget that was unbalanced from the minute it was introduced?
Of particular concern is the Majority’s decision to cite $165 million in savings that two weeks ago they admitted were no longer realistic due to compromises made in the pension and benefits reform legislation signed into law yesterday.
Because of the difficult choices made last year by Governor Christie and Republicans, things are turning around. However, a little good news should not be viewed by the Majority as a license to spend and particularly, not to inflate revenues to pay for that spending.
This budget makes a lot of promises to the people of New Jersey, but they are promises paid for by completely fabricated revenues and savings in the interest of politics.
The people of New Jersey deserve better.