AP: NJ gov won't sign Dems' 'unbalanced' budget

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, is interviewed by co-hosts Brian Kilmeade, foreground left, Steve Doocy and Alisyn Camerota, on the "Fox & Friends" television program, in New York, Monday, June 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

June 28, 2011 8:47:39 PM PDT
Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is warning the Legislature he won't sign the budget Democrats are planning to send him.

A letter from state Treasurer Andrew Eristoff to Democratic leaders says Christie is unable to sign the $30.6 billion budget the Legislature is expected to pass Wednesday because it's unbalanced.

A copy of the letter was obtained late Tuesday by The Associated Press. The letter urges Democrats to close the gaps.

Democrats call the letter "ridiculous." They say it's a sign Republicans "are panicking over the prospect of opposing a responsible budget."

The Democrats' budget for the fiscal year that starts Friday is about $1 billion higher than the one Christie proposed in February. It assumes revenue the governor says isn't guaranteed.

The state constitution requires a balanced budget be in place by July 1.

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