Booker Refutes Report That Christie Shortchanged Newark

WNYC's Bob Hennelly discusses the Odd Couple of New Jersey politics with ATC host Janet Babin. Listen above.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker said he and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are not at odds over the city’s failure to adopt a budget for the past nine months — and that the governor did not shortchange Newark with his offering of $10 million in aid.

Speaking on WBGO on Thursday, Booker said the Newark had originally asked for $24 million in February but just last week had talked to Christie in Trenton about scaling back the request following cost-cutting and increased revenue.

“We don’t need $24 million from the state,” Booker said. “We don’t have a budget crisis right now.”

He later added, “There is no fight. He did not slash our budget."