Trenton, N.J., Jul 3, 2011 / 16:08 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Corrected July 7, 2011 10:23 MDT. Fixes reporting error by the Associated Press that said $7.5 million was given to federal health centers. The amount given to the centers was $4.6 million (paragraph 6).
New Jersey governor Chris Christie stripped $7.5 million in Planned Parenthood and other clinic funding from the state budget on June 30.
The governor narrowly avoided a July1 midnight deadline that would have shut down the state government. He did so by individually cutting $900 million from the Democrat-proposed budget and then signing it, as opposed to rejecting it outright.
The move allowed Gov. Christie to enact the state's $29.7 billion budget seven hours before the new fiscal year began.
“It is my solemn pact with the residents and taxpayers of New Jersey to never allow a return to the kind of reckless, autopilot spending that devastated our state’s economic health in years past and which was embodied in the budget I repaired,” Gov. Christie said.