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Education Gets Boost In Christie’s Proposed Budget

By David Madden

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s proposed $32.9-billion budget, unveiled earlier in the week, puts more money into education than ever before.

This is an election year budget and Christie has had his differences with the State Supreme Court over how to fund the state’s poorest districts, but this plan puts more cash into most districts across the state.

“This budget provides an increase of 97 million dollars for school aid, bringing total state aid to education to almost 9 billion dollars, an all time record for the second year in a row,” Christie said.

This time, no district will see its aid cut under Christie’s fiscal blueprint. Camden gets an extra $3.6-million, $276-million overall.

The other towns getting million dollar-plus hikes in aid include Atlantic City, Bridgeton and Ocean City, where the $1.5 million increase represents an 80-percent bump in state aid.

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