N.J. GOP looks to change Corzine's budget

May 29, 2008 5:06:37 AM PDT
New Jersey Republicans ready cost-cutting ideas as conservatives plan a protest.

Senate and Assembly Republican leaders will propose changes to Gov. Jon S. Corzine's budget on Thursday and discuss ways to fund transportation work.

Corzine's $32.8 billion budget plan calls for $2.9 billion in cuts but Republicans object to many proposals. They also oppose Corzine's plan to increase tolls to fund transportation.

The state Constitution requires a budget by July 1. Corzine's fellow Democrats control the Legislature.

Meanwhile, conservative group Americans for Prosperity plans a Thursday anti-tax rally at the Statehouse.

Organizer Steve Lonegan - a former Bogota mayor who unsuccessfully sought the 2005 Republican gubernatorial nomination and may seek the same nod in 2009 - says the protest will call for cutting spending and taxes.