By Bill Mooney | September 4th, 2013 - 3:44pm
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TRENTON – In defending Sen. Barbara Buono’s education platform unveiled this week, her campaign today criticized some of Gov. Chris Christie’s funding priorities.

“Senator Buono has a record of prioritizing funding for education,” spokesman David Turner said in a release in response to comments Christie made Wednesday that Buono’s programs would cost $3 billion in new state spending.

“During the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, she was able protect New Jersey's public education system from cuts while still slashing $4.5 billion from the budget. 

"The Governor's newfound zeal on funding is interesting as he did not know nor care about the costs of a special election and has pushed a tax plan without any idea how to pay for it.

“He has coddled millionaires and doled out billions in unaccountable tax breaks to corporations while our schools have barely recovered from his devastating $1 billion cut.”

In talking about her education plans on Tuesday, Buono said she would use a millionaire’s tax to help fund them. Christie decried that approach on Wednesday and predicted that Buono would increase taxes on everyone.

"As Senator Buono has consistently said, a budget is about priorities and her plan puts students first,” Turner said in his release.

“Rather than protect millionaires and subsidize corporations without accountability, she will invest this money into our state's future by fully funding the School Funding Reform Act and expanding high quality early childhood education."

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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Governor Christie ripped President Obama this summer for failing to carve out some time during a Texas fundraising swing to visit the Mexican border, where the unprecedented flood of immigrant children from Central America had reached a crisis point. ...Yet Christie is not squeezing in a tour of the troubled border during his own three-day trade and diplomatic mission to Mexico, which is set to begin on Wednesday. The governor is planning a series of meetings with Mexican officials, including President Enrique Peña Nieto and the finance and energy ministers." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record

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