Source: NorthJersey.com - For the first time since 1994, the state treasurer and legislative budget officer agree on revenue projections for the year ahead. But the two experts of New Jersey’s finances diverge on two of the higher profile issues affecting taxpayers: pensions and the current state of transportation funding.
In a day-long, split session before the Assembly Budget Committee on Monday, the two officials – Office of Legislative Services budget chief David Rosen and Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff – offered their analysis of Governor Christie’s 2016 budget…
When the committee’s two Republicans at the hearing – Declan O’Scanlon of Monmouth County and Christopher Brown of Burlington County – had an opportunity to question the treasurer, they focused mostly on countering the Democrats. O’Scanlon said if there are elements of the budget that Democrats dislike, they have the power to vote it down. And he said it was hypocritical of party members to criticize elements of Christie’s previous budgets when the Legislature must approve his proposals.
Brown, who is not running for re-election in November, said the committee was not focusing enough on serious matters, like how to find a solution to the pensions rather than criticize the governor’s plan.
“What is realistic is to come up with a plan, and if the plan that the governor has is not the right one, then join in the discussion and talk about what is the right one,” Brown said.