DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED: Christie announces lawsuit settlement with an advocacy group that said the state was keeping developmentally disabled adults in institutions even though group homes would be better for them. He proposes $42 million in additional state and federal spending to help develop community placements and services. Under the settlement, 600 developmentally disabled adults are to be transferred out of big institutions and into group homes over the next several years.
SANDY CONTINGENCY FUND: Proposes $40 million be added to current-year budget to cover Sandy-related expenses not reimbursed by the federal government. Christie says the fund will help ensure that "those things that fall through the cracks do not bankrupt families, businesses or local governments."
CHRISTIE ON WASHINGTON BUDGET GRIDLOCK:
"It seems to me our leaders in Washington, D.C. could learn from our example here. Their failure to take on the nation's budget challenges and address the unsustainability of the nation's long-term liabilities is nothing short of inexcusable.
"It's past time for Washington to get its act together. That will take two things: bipartisanship. And leadership. Unfortunately, both are missing today."