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Gov. Chris Christie Touts Tax Relief As NJ Lawmakers Review Budget Cuts

PERTH AMBOY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) -- Gov. Chris Christie visited a Perth Amboy woman Thursday to highlight increases in property tax relief for seniors.

Christie told Sultana Kizides his budget doubles a property tax relief program for seniors and spends $90 million more on a program that freezes seniors' property taxes.

Democrats acknowledge the additional appropriations for senior tax relief, but say they are responsible.

Christie's original budget proposed a $25 million cut to the Senior Freeze program.

Assembly Democrats in Trenton also tried to show the negative impact the governor's budget will have on nursing home patients and Medicaid recipients during a hearing on Thursday at the Statehouse.

Gov. Christie slashed $1.3 billion from the budget Democrats sent him before signing a $29.7 billion budget June 30. Nursing homes lost about $30 million in aid.

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