By David Madden
TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — Governor Chris Christie was expected to quietly sign the new budget for New Jersey by the end of the day today.READ MORE: Philadelphia School District Students, Staff To Resume Masking As COVID Cases Continue To Rise In City
Why no drama? The Democratic-controlled legislature passed the $32.9-billion spending blueprint after negotiating with Christie’s staff.
And while the governor concedes it’s not exactly what he proposed in late February, “For the most part, I think, I got most of what I wanted. But you’re never going to get everything you want if you want a compromise.”
This compromise allows Christie the chance to avoid major use of his line-item veto authority, which he utilized in the last two budgets when there were no talks with the state Senate or Assembly.READ MORE: West Philly Double Shooting Leaves 30-Year-Old Man Dead, Teen Hospitalized: Police
There’s no school voucher program in the next budget — something the governor wanted — nor a return of a tax credit program for the working poor.
But $9 billion is allocated to education in the state, and another $1.6 billion will go to the state pension fund.
And property tax rebates for the elderly, disabled, and low-income residents, which are usually paid in July, will be delayed until August this year.
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