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In Transition, Christie Has Specific Requests for Outgoing Corzine

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The so-far collegial relationship between outgoing New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine and Governor-Elect Chris Christie, may be tested in the weeks ahead.

In a letter hand-delivered to Corzine late yesterday, Christie asked the governor to freeze all discretionary state spending, veto all legislation with any fiscal impact, and place in reserve much of the state's cash on hand.

In response, Corzine pledged continued cooperation, and noted his administration had already asked for hundreds-of-millions in additional cuts after this month's election. But he did not respond directly to any of Christie's 14 specific requests.

New Jersey's budget gap for next year is projected at $8-billion, but Christie's aides believe it will be more. Christie has pledged not to raise taxes.

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