A lot of New Jerseyans are wondering how the state is doing with its homeless population, but Gov.
Christie is pointing the finger at a couple of things: New Jersey is too big, and it is spending too much.
Christie’s remarks come amid a national debate over the state’s long-term commitment to addressing homelessness.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump said New Jersey should be spending $500 million a year to help people who have been in the shelter system for at least a year.
The New York Times reported that Christie is planning to sign an executive order on Monday to begin to address homelessness by next summer.
“The vast majority of our state is underserved and undersheltered, so when you look at our housing crisis, we are doing a really good job, and we should be doing even better,” Christie said Tuesday.
“And so, I think we have to spend more money, and I think our state has to spend even more money.”
Christie has repeatedly said he would be willing to sign a new executive order if it would provide a way for the state to spend $500,000 a year for homelessness prevention and treatment, but has not said whether he is willing to do so.
The Republican governor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
New Jersey has not yet committed to spending $1.3 billion on housing for the shelter population.
Christie has made housing a key priority, pledging to build a housing system that would “provide safe, affordable, and dignified housing for every New Jerseyan.”