(TRENTON) – Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem) released the following statement Wednesday as the Assembly Budget Committee heard testimony from the Department of the Treasury:
“Senior citizens who are about to lose $1,295 in property tax relief and pay $430 in new and increased prescription drug fees certainly won’t care what these increases are called, but there’s no denying they’re about to pay significantly more under Gov. Christie’s budget.
“Now we learn that under Gov. Christie’s plan senior citizens enrolled in the Senior Freeze program also would not receive any increased relief commensurate with their property tax increases.
“And this is with enrollment in this valuable program set to be cut off by the governor.
“I continue to emphasize that we must find a way to restore property tax relief for senior citizens and eliminate Gov. Christie’s plans to tax them with new health care fees.
“During his budget address, Gov. Christie said, ‘If you tax them, they will leave.’ He may have meant the wealthy, but under his budget, it would be senior citizens and the middle-class who will be fleeing our state.”
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