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More than 30,000 protesters rally against budget cuts in Trenton

05.23.10

More than 30,000 protesters rally against budget cuts in Trenton

TRENTON — Teachers, police officers and state workers filled the street around the Statehouse today to rally against Gov. Chris Christie and his budget cuts.

State Police spokesman Sgt. Stephen Jones said the final crowd estimate was between 30,000 and 35,000 people, making it the largest protest ever staged in Trenton. No arrests or other problems were reported.

“Everything went very smoothly,” Jones said.

The rally was centered around a stage in front of the New Jersey State Museum, where a series of speakers began taking the stage around 12:20 p.m.

New Jersey Education Association President Barbara Keshishian criticized Christie for his “arrogant, destructive policies.” The governor and the state teachers’ unions have been feuding for months over pay freezes.

“We are not the problem! We are not the problem!” New Jersey Education Association President Barbara Keshishian said, leading the crowd in a chant.

James Harris, president of the New Jersey chapter of the NAACP, criticized Christie’s aggressive tactics…….

Read more at link below:

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/05/public_workers_turn_out_in_for.html

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