Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Speaker Oliver: Governor's Cut to Abused Children Among His Most Sickening

(Trenton) - Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic) released the following statement Friday on Gov. Chris Christie's $537,000 cut to the Wynona M. Lipman Child Advocacy Center in Newark:

"Many of the governor's cuts are repulsive, but one immediately stands out as especially mean-spirited. That's the cut to the Wynona M. Lipman Child Advocacy Center.

"The advocacy center works with law enforcement to help investigate child abuse.

"We're not talking about political hacks here.

"We're not talking about pork spending.

"We're not talking about special interests.

"We're talking about abused children.

"We're talking about traumatized children.

"We're talking about protecting and healing the most innocent amongst us.

"Many of the governor's cuts are heartless, but this is inexplicable. This is sickening.

"The governor can wield the power of his office to be heartless, if he so chooses, but he should at least have the humanity not to be that way toward abused children."

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