MONMOUTH BEACH - Gov. Chris Christie had some harsh words for the New Jersey League of Municipalities’ property tax reform task force recommendation to increase income taxes to reduce property taxes, saying once he gets a copy of the report, “I’ll throw it in the garbage can where it belongs.”
He described the recommendation of raising income tax rates on one’s entire income to reduce property taxes by as much as 35 percent within four years as “ridiculous,” “gimmicky and a “pretend property tax cut.”
The governor said Wednesday it’s akin to “(taking) more money out of the taxpayer’s left pocket, keep a bunch of it and put a little back in the right pocket.”
“That’s not a tax reduction,” he said.
Christie said the only way to make a dent in property taxes is to control state spending,
He had even harsher words for the NJLM Executive Director William Dressel.
“He s a whiner, moaner and complainer. He never supports anything.”
The property tax reform report was unveiled Tuesday at a forum at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, which featured Majority Leader Lou Greenwald and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, the Republican budget officer.
Reached later in the day for reaction, Dressel said he would have no comment on Christie's remarks.
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