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(TRENTON) – Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Cryan (D-Union) released the following statement Friday on Department of Community Affairs figures showing property taxes increased 4.1 percent under Gov. Chris Christie in 2010, the highest increase since 2007:

“At least now we can stop the ridiculous myth that Gov. Christie didn’t raise taxes.
“It’s now a proven fact that Gov. Christie gave New Jerseyans their highest property tax increases since 2007.
“That’s unfortunate, but not surprising considering the governor’s cuts in state aid to education and towns and his elimination of 2010 property tax rebates.
“It’s worth noting that these figures don’t show the negative impact of the Christie school activity taxes imposed on children and parents throughout our state. The numbers also don’t measure the ramifications of public safety layoffs and other cuts forced by his policies.
“The governor has failed to make true property tax relief for working class New Jerseyans a priority and we’re starting to see the damage. Gov. Christie is simply making matters worse with his anti-middle-class policies.”