Hearing to examine cuts to legal aid

The Assembly Judiciary Committee will take testimony Wednesday to gauge the effect of budget cuts on Legal Services of New Jersey and other legal assistance programs for the poor.

The hearing will examine $10 million that Gov. Christie cut from Legal Services of New Jersey, which helps low-income New Jerseyans with their civil legal problems. The governor also eliminated funding for clinical legal programs for the poor at Rutgers School of Law in Camden and in Newark. Both programs lost $200,000.

The hearing is set for 10 a.m. in Committee Room 12 of the State House Annex in Trenton. It will be streamed live online at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/live_audio.asp