New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s budget philosophy is for the state and local governments to operate more efficiently with less revenue rather than increasing taxes or fees.

The Republican governor is also applying that ideology to New Jersey’s public colleges and universities. His fiscal 2011 budget proposal includes a $173 million reduction in state aid to the higher education sector. At the same time, the administration is seeking to cap at 4% undergraduate tuition and general fee increases at state colleges and universities for the 2010­-2011 school year.

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