One’s a city Democrat. The other, a suburban Republican. The two state legislators went toe-to-toe on the question of whom to fault for the collapse of a reading program and other New Haven budget woes.

The friendly but impassioned Crossfire-like exchange took place Thursday afternoon between New Haven State Rep. Cameron Staples, the legislature’s finance co-chairman; and State Sen. Len Fasano, who represents Wallingford, North Haven and Cheshire.

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