Assembly Dems: Christie Bears Responsibility For Property Tax Hikes

Assembly Democrats released the following statements Thursday, noting Christie’s preference for tax cuts for millionaires over property tax relief for working families and seniors. Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic): “Democrats passed civil service and sick leave payout reforms, only to see them vetoed by a governor more interested in playing politics than bringing relief to property taxpayers. That should come as no surprise, considering the governor’s preference for tax cuts for millionaires over property tax relief for working families and senior citizens. The governor is the one responsible for giving New Jerseyans the largest property tax hike since 2007, and this lack of leadership is why voters rejected his message last week.”

ASSEMBLY MAJORITY LEADER-SELECT LOU GREENWALD (D-CAMDEN):

“If we’ve learned one thing for sure about this governor, it’s that the buck surely doesn’t stop at his desk. In his mind, he is responsible for nothing and everyone else is to blame. That’s why New Jerseyans saw through his message last week and decided to increase the Democratic majority. Still, it’s understandable why the governor would try to shift the focus and the blame, considering how he’s hiked property taxes on working families while zealously ensuring tax breaks to millionaires.”

ASSEMBLY DEPUTY SPEAKER JOHN WISNIEWSKI (D-MIDDLESEX):

“This governor not only refuses to accept responsibility for the property tax increases he’s passed onto middle-class families while giving tax cuts to the wealthy, but the policies he’s playing politics with don’t even add up. Democrats believed the Civil Service system need to be reformed and modernized and sent the governor a bill to do so. Instead, the governor wants a system that eliminates taxpayer protections against corruption and nepotism. That’s poor policy and leadership.”

INCOMING ASSEMBLY BUDGET CHAIRMAN VINCENT PRIETO (D-Hudson/Bergen):

“The governor continues to be all smoke and mirrors and seems to have selectively forgotten that Democrats passed key bills to control property taxes, only to have that progress wiped out by his massive cuts in state aid that helped bring the largest property tax hike since 2007. We tried to alleviate that by asking millionaires to share in the sacrifice, but the governor steadfastly protected their tax cuts. It’s the governor’s ill-advised policies that continue to pour a heavy burden onto working class New Jerseyans and businesses.” TLS.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. It never fails to amaze me how the Democrats twist everything, and LIE LIE LIE to the American people.

    First, the facts:

    The Democrats want Christie to raise taxes on the rich, and use that money to give rebates to poor on their property tax bills.

    However, when Christie wanter to CAP property tax hikes, the Democrats refused.

    One more fact: Property tax hikes DOUBLED during the administrations of Corzine and McGreevy, both Democrats. They STABILIZED under the administration of Christie, the Republican.

    Now that we have the facts, let’s discuss the politics of it all.

    The Democrats want that local municipalities and school districts should be able to continue to raise taxes as much as they want,, and continue to spend and pay their union workers more and more money, while taxing the rest of us as much as possible. So they refuse to let Christie CAP PROPERTY TAX HIKES. Then, they want to raise taxes on the rich, and use that revenue to give rebates to poor people (including those who don’t actually pay property taxes, but just pay rent, through the Homestead Rebate)

    Christie however, knows, that the more you tax the rich, the more they will leave the state, and the less taxes they will pay. Just the other day, TLS had an article with a report that showed that NJ lost so many rich people due to high taxation, that the state actually got LESS TAXES from the rich by taxing them more. Because they simply LEFT THE STATE. In addition, the more you tax rich people, the elss they will hire YOU.

    So because Christie knows that it is NOT a good idea to raise taxes, he comes up with a novel idea!!! Let’s pass a law that prohibits local municipalities and school districts from raising taxes more than 2%. That would help EVERYBODY. But NOOOOOOO, the Democrats don’t want that. They want the union workers who work for the school districts and the municipalities to continue to get higher tsalaries and benefits while the rest of us in the private sector are loosing our jobs and our homes.

    So the Democrats stop Christie from passing the PROPERTY TAX CAP, so that municipalities and school districts can CONTINUE TO RAISE TAXES, and then when Christie refuses to raise taxes on the rich to pay for the refunds, the Democrats claim that it is Christie that is causing the property taxes to go up!!!

    What chutzpah.

    But worse than chutzpah. These Democrats are lying to the people. And they think they can get away with it, because they think we are too stupid to realize.

    Our country is going down the tubes big time, thank you Democrats.

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