(TRENTON) – Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Chairman Albert Coutinho (D-Essex) released the following statement Monday after Gov. Christie conditionally vetoed Democratic efforts to abolish the state Council on Affordable Housing and a 2.5 fee on non-commercial development:
“This conditional veto simply means costly court fights and higher business taxes.
“Gov. Christie is continuing a job-killing 2.5 percent fee on non-residential development that has stalled economic growth throughout our state. We’ve tried to abolish it. Gov. Christie apparently has no problem continuing it.
“It’s an absolute shame that Gov. Christie continues to fail to grasp the need to create jobs and economic development for working class residents.”