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For the past two years, legislators and staffers have been trying to convince Governor Chris Christie that a significant budget shortfall between acquired revenues and spending was looming. However, the Governor’s response was one of denial, often denigrating those who predicted the worst. Senator Paul Sarlo, and Assemblyman Gary Schaer, chairmen of their respective House Budget Committees, are now facing a shortfall of $803 million dollars for the current fiscal year. Worse still, it is expected that the shortfall will increase next year.