ROBBINSVILLE - Presenting himself as the people's champion against an entrenched culture of Trenton government, Gov. Chris Christie asked residents to lean on their elected officials to pass a referendum question that would cap government spending at 2.5% and require a ballot question for spending outside the cap.
"The state didn't elect me to run a charm school and they didn't elect someone to nuance this thing to good health," said Christie, reflecting on a 70% uptick in property taxes statewide over the past decade.
Standing onstage with Mayor David Fried and Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, Christie said his 2.5% cap (modeled on Massachusetts, and reflected locally by Fried's austerity measures and efforts at consolidation) would restore power to property taxpayers and restore discipline to government.
"The legislators in Trenton are scared to death of giving that power to you," said the governor.
If the legislature does not put the 2.5% cap on the ballot and property taxes rise again, "Call my office," Christie told the crowd, "and I'll tell you where to go. If this doesn't pass, you will know who is accountable for it. I need your help."
In a telephone interview, state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Elizabeth) said he plans to oppose Christie's 2.5% cap proposal.
"It shouldn't be in the Constitution," said the veteran Democratic Party leader. "It's a way to pass the buck. I'm prepared to make those decisions, I make them everyday, in fact. We've seen what inflexible provisions have done to California. To me, it's a way of letting politicians off the hook and perpetuating fiscal disaster.
"This idea of looking for parallels with Massachusetts, we're different. We're not as homogenous. In New Jersey, we have the wealthiest communities and the poorest communities. To try to force a one size fits all is grossly unfair and would further create a divide of haves and have nots.".
In his capacity as head of the Republican Governors' Association, Gov. Chris Christie went to Chicago tonight to help the canddiacy of Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.Read More >
After 'briefly' meeting with Christie in Aspen, Astorino says he can live with not having Christie's help New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino's campaign described their candidate's fundraising trip to Aspen last night as a success - even if they will not be depending on the chairman...
By Michael Capelli As a 30 year union carpenter, I learned first-hand how important it was to have the right tools for the job. Now as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the 30,000 men and women of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters I... Read More >
"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran- Star-Ledger
Press releases are submitted by PolitickerNJ users, not by staff. They do not represent the viewpoint of PolitickerNJ.com.