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.

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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.

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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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