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Codey Statement On Gop Budget Proposals

TRENTON – Senate President Richard J. Codey (D-Essex) today released the following statement on the budget proposals unveiled by Senate and Assembly minority leaders:

“New ideas are always welcome. New Jersey is in the midst of a fiscal crisis and we cannot afford to dismiss any proposals without examination. We intend to pour through all of these suggestions, giving a serious look at those that are attached to legitimate funding cuts.

“Right now we’re working with the Governor’s Office and our Assembly counterparts to identify practical solutions that will reign in spending while restoring some of the more harmful cuts to those most in need.

“We’re willing to examine any proposals as long as they’re realistic. Telling the Turnpike Authority they have to fund a multi-billon dollar widening project by tightening their belts is like telling Steve Wynn to fund his casino by collecting loose change along the AC Boardwalk.”

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