Senator Pennacchio to Murphy: Bag the Bag Tax; Will introduce Legislation to Repeal Democrats’ Grocery Bag Tax

Senator Joe Pennacchio called on Governor Phil Murphy to veto a grocery bag tax that was recently approved by Democrats in the New Jersey Legislature, saying he will introduce legislation to repeal the five-cent per bag tax if it is signed into law.

“Democrats will literally nickel and dime New Jerseyans through a new five-cent tax on each grocery bag you use,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “This overtaxing of everything we do in New Jersey needs to stop. I’m calling on Governor Murphy to bag the bag tax. If he doesn’t do the right thing, I’ll fight to repeal the grocery bag tax to protect New Jersey’s overtaxed residents.”

The Democrats’ legislation, A-3267/S-2600, imposes a five-cent tax on each single-use plastic or paper bag used that is provided to customers at various retail establishments, including drug stores, supermarkets, and chain stores.

This new grocery bag tax is in addition to a separate effort by Governor Murphy to increase the New Jersey sales tax to seven percent, which would cost consumers another $600 million.

Pennacchio said the grocery bag tax is reminiscent of former Governor Jim Florio’s infamous toilet paper tax.

“Taxpayers helped to flush Florio’s toilet paper tax down the drain,” added Pennacchio. “They should call Governor Murphy and tell him the grocery bag tax deserves to go out with the trash.”

The grocery bag tax, which is pending the Governor’s approval, advanced through both houses of the Legislature on June 21st. Pennacchio’s repeal legislation is being prepared for introduction.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. WHAT IN THE BLAZES IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE?!? DONT THEY HAVE ANYTHING BETTER TO DO WITH THEIR LIVES?!? SHOPPING BAG TAX? GET A LOFE! THINK OF A WAY TO SAVE NEW JERSIANS MONEY NOT CONTINUE TO TAX AND TAX AND TAX!!!

    THEYRE IN THE WRONG POSITION IF THEY CAN ONLY THINK OF HOW TO REMOVE HARD EARNED (AND NOT BY ANY CHANCE, ENOUGH) MONEY FROM THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE THEY REPRESENT.

    THROW THEM ALL OUT.

    • Hey Mark,
      They are Democrats, it’s what they do!

      Their answer to all problems is to TAX ans Spend the problem away.
      Look at the history of the State and see how well its been working for us.

  2. ALL OF YOU PLEASE CALM DOWN. ALTHOUGH DEMS ARE THE WORST THING THAT HAPPENED AS WE HEAR EVERY DAY ON 770/10 AND ON THE WEEKENDS FROM ALL OUR INFORMATIVE MAGAZINES. SOME TAXES DO MAKE SENSE, LIKE THE BAG TAX THAT PPL ARE GOING TO GET USED VERY EASILY TO REUSABLE BAGS, AND ITS GOING TO BRING ALOT OF AWARENESS TO GLOBAL WARMING AND AS A SIDE AFFECT KEEP OUR TOWN CLEANER

  3. Hey Sam get with the times, global warming was sooo 2000’s!! It’s been debunked, they now call it climate change( much harder to disprove). Now they’re trying to ban plastic straws and disposable diapers… there’s a never ending list!

  4. Don’t ever forget about the gas tax increase that they all voted for…how about them running an efficient government and cut some do thr waste!!

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