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Behind Christie’s budget claims, a more controversial legacy

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie frequently criticizes budget 'sins' committed by his predecessors – underfunding pensions, borrowing against future revenues, using one-shot budget-fixes – and claims he has shied away from such maneuvers to put the state on a stronger fiscal footing. But an analysis of the New Jersey budget by NYFWA members Allan Sloan and Cezary Podkul found that he has committed many of the same sins, and some new ones that have no precedent. The story was a team effort between Sloan, financial columnist for The Washington Post (and past Elliott Bell Award recipient), and Podkul, a finance reporter for ProPublica, and was co-published by the two news organizations on April 17:

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