Christie's 2016 budget cuts snow removal funding

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey's tight budget could affect the state's snow removal funding.

That's because the $33.8 billion budget Gov. Chris Christie sent the Legislature for fiscal year 2016 cuts funding for snow removal by $44 million.

The proposed decrease comes as the latest winter storm drops wet, heavy snow on the state with Christie declaring a state of emergency and closing state offices.

Treasury spokesman Joseph Perone says that cut reflects a one-time cash infusion from fiscal year 2015 that the governor is not carrying into 2016.

A message to the Transportation Department about how the cut could affect operations was not immediately returned.

Whether the cut goes into effect depends on the Legislature. Lawmakers are planning hearings on the 2016 budget next week.

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