Democrats Push to Restore Transitional Aid to Distressed Cities

NJ Spotlight News | December 7, 2011 | Politics
The Assembly voted Monday to restore $139 million in transitional aid to struggling municipalities in the state.

New Jersey Democrats made a move Monday to restore $139 million in transitional aid to struggling municipalities in the state: Camden, Trenton, Paterson, Union City, Asbury Park, Lawnside, Chesilhurst, Harrison, Maurice River, Penns Grove and Prospect Park. Governor Christie had vetoed that amount because the budget didn’t include funds for oversight. The money is called transitional aid because it is meant to temporarily help the municipalities become fiscally stable and will eventually not be handed out. The state Assembly passed a measure to restore the funds, but the Senate must approve it and the Christie has to sign it before it is a done deal.

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Darryl Isherwood, Editor of politickernj.com, sat down with NJToday’s Mike Schneider to talk about transitional aid and its political implications for both Democrats and Republicans. He also talked about state politics in general and how an uptick in employment can help incumbents of both political parties.