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NJ Agrees With Christie, Rejects Unions

From the New Jersey Star-Ledger:

Chris Christie exits a voting machine at the Brookside Fire House after voting in the local school board election in Mendham Township. When asked by reports how he voted Christie said that it was his right to keep that information private.

N.J. voters reject school budgets in heated elections

By Star-Ledger Staff
April 21, 2010

New Jersey voters took a stand on school spending and property taxes Tuesday, rejecting 260 of 479 school budgets across 19 counties, according to unofficial results in statewide school elections.

In the proposed state budget he unveiled last month, Gov. Chris Christie slashed $820 million in aid to school districts and urged voters to defeat budgets if teachers in their schools did not agree to one-year wage freezes. The salvo ignited a heated debate with the state’s largest teachers union.

Christie said the cuts were necessary to help plug an $11 billion state budget gap.

In many districts Tuesday, the governor made himself heard as 54 percent of the spending plans were rejected, according to unofficial returns. If the trend continues, it would mark the most budget defeats in New Jersey since 1976, when 56 percent failed. Typically, voters approve more than 70 percent of the school budgets

Voter turnout was also high in elections that typically draw little interest. In Sparta, where turnout rivaled some presidential elections, the budget was defeated by roughly a 3-to-1 margin…

In towns where they failed, the budgets will now be presented to the local governing body, which can cut or leave the spending plans as is

So after all of this voting the “local governing body” can still ignore the will of the people and leave the budgets as they are? Or are we reading this wrong?

In any case, we have to wonder what happened to all the money that the states like New Jersey collected in property taxes when housing prices were going through the roof?

To the best of our knowledge most locals have not lowered their property taxes — so they should still be collecting large sums of cash.

Where is all that money?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “NJ Agrees With Christie, Rejects Unions”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    I must revise my opinion of New Jersey-ites.
    They are obviously awake and aware of the increasing water temperature.

  2. Right of the People says:

    I wonder if the Dimocraps are taking notice of this?
    The voters in New Jersey are proving you can only push people so far.

    Wake up America!

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