Corzine to NJ mayors: Expect less from state

January 14, 2009 9:06:16 PM PST
Gov. Jon Corzine says he expects to get a cool reception when he introduces the fiscal 2010 budget on March 10. He warned the state's mayors yesterday that next year's budget will include less state aid and more budget cuts.

Corzine says the state must first determine the the amount of tax revenue lost due to the recession, and how much New Jersey might get from the federal stimulus package before they can say how steep the cuts will be.

The Democratic governor also renewed his call for legislative approval of a plan to defer state worker pension contributions as a way to save municipalities money.

Some mayors say they feel Corzine is holding their town budgets hostage because the legislature won't approve his proposal.