Monday, July 18, 2011

Assembly Panel to Consider Christie Cuts to Senior Citizens

**Thursday Advisory**

(Trenton) - In what will be the second hearing examining the impact of the governor's budget cuts, the Assembly Budget Committee will meet Thursday to hear testimony on Gov. Chris Christie's cuts to senior citizens.

The hearing is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 21, in Committee Room 11 on the 4th Floor of the State House Annex in Trenton.

Audio of the hearing will be streamed live at:

Christie, among other moves, cut $25 million from nursing homes and $4.65 million from specialty care nursing facilities when he used his line-item veto on the Democratic budget plan.

The committee's first meeting on the cuts will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday to hear the impact of Christie's cuts to children's programs.

"Our focus must be on how Gov. Christie's cuts are further hurting our middle-class and poor, children, senior citizens and most vulnerable residents," Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic) has said.

"Working class New Jersey deserves no less than reasonable discussion and a responsible response," Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Cryan (D-Union) has said.

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