Christie: Democrats Hope You Don’t Read the Fine Print

Gov. Christie: Assembly Dems pushing property tax cut plan are using ‘oldest scam in the book’

By Jenna Portnoy/Statehouse Bureau –

Gov. Chris Christie lashed out at Assembly Democrats today, saying they are lying to taxpayers about their plan to cut property taxes 20 percent relative to the administration’s proposed 10 percent across-the-board income tax cut.

Democrats, meanwhile, continued to call on Christie to debate the plans.

Saying Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester) sides with him, the Republican governor noted “there’s a little bit of an argument still down in Trenton about taxes.”

Christie said Assembly Democrats’ plan really amounts to an 8 percent cut because “all those other property tax relief programs we have now, homestead rebate and all the rest of them, they collapse them and they use that money plus an income tax increase to fund their 20 percent plan.”

“They’re lying to you,” he said during a town hall at the Springfield Firehouse in Union County. “They’re playing the oldest scam in the book. They’re hoping you won’t read the fine print.”

Assembly Democrats fired back, saying Christie’s “defense of tax cuts for millionaires … doesn’t even make sense.”

“But then again,” spokesman Tom Hester said, “it’s no surprise the governor is trying to divert attention from his massive net property tax hike and his zeal for tax cuts for the wealthy.”

In Assemblyman Joe Cryan’s home county, Christie also called him; John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), head of the state Democrats; and Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Camden) “all those characters” who want to raise the gas tax. Hester said Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-Essex) has no plans to post a gas tax bill.