BURZICHELLI: SENIOR CITIZENS CARRY BRUNT OF CHRISTIE BUDGET THAT FAILS TO SHARE SACRIFICE

(TRENTON) — Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem) released the following statement on Wednesday as the Assembly Budget Committee heard from the state treasurer on Gov. Chris Christie’s budget plan:

“The governor has told us this would be a year of pain and that it had to be a shared sacrifice, but people earning more than $400,000 per year get an income tax cut as senior citizens get a property tax increase of at least $1,200 because their 2010 rebate is being eliminated.

“And besides losing vital property tax relief, senior citizens under Gov. Christie’s plan would also pay significantly more for prescription drugs that are crucial to their health and quality of life.

“I don’t think anyone could legitimately argue that equals shared sacrifice.”

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