Governor Chris Christie Proposes New Budget for 2018

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Governor Chris Christie’s speech not only proposed a new budget for the fiscal year 2018 but to also take a look back at the financial successes of his governorship.

Before proposing plans for the future, Christie spoke of his administration's accomplishments, including cutting state spending and selling off state-owned properties.

Christie also touted a tax policy that brought new businesses and jobs to the state.

The Republican governor also had a warning for those candidates looking to succeed him.

"The next governor cannot take their eye off the ball and slide back into bad spending habits, bad budgeting, and the unrealistic expectation that more taxes can be tolerated by our citizens and businesses," said Christie. 

"The public will not tolerate it and they will kick out those who do it."

Christie's spending priorities include $400 million to improve and repair the state's bridges and roadways.

He also focused on spending for what he says will be his top priority for his final ten months in office, fighting New Jersey's addiction crisis.

Another highlight of the speech is Christie's plan for making a $2.5 billion payment to the state's pension program, that's $647 million more than last year's payment.

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