CRYAN: ASSEMBLY DEMOCRATIC VOTES TO RELEASE BUDGET BILLS DON’T SIGNIFY SUPPORT FOR REPUBLICAN TAX HIKES

(TRENTON) — Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Cryan (D-Union) released the following statement Thursday on the Assembly Democrats providing enough votes to release Gov. Chris Christie’s tax increase and budget bills from the Assembly Budget Committee:

“I want to be clear — Democrats do not support this Republican budget replete with tax increases on working class New Jerseyans.

“We did what we could to make it better, but most of it remains an assault on the middle-class, senior citizens, disabled and the poor.

“I can assure every resident that Democrats did everything possible, but as we know the Republicans wouldn’t even budge on their preference for tax cuts for millionaires over property tax relief for more than 600,000 senior and disabled residents.

“Knowing we’ve done all we could against Republican resistance, and also knowing that shutting down state government would be disastrous for our state, we provided enough votes to release budget bills from committee. Those votes do not signify support.”

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