CRYAN STATEMENT ON CHRISTIE CONSIDERING REBATE CUTS

(TRENTON) — Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Cryan (D-Union) released the following statement Friday after The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Gov. Chris Christie may renege on a pledge by scaling back or eliminating property-tax rebates:

“Gov. Christie’s pledge not to increase taxes is evaporating with each passing day.

“It was Christie himself who called reducing property tax rebates ‘a declaration of war on the middle class.’ It’s clear that Gov. Christie’s war against the middle-class is now marching forward.

“I also expect broad bipartisan opposition to Christie’s plan and support for alternatives.

“After all, I couldn’t agree more with a key Republican leader who just last year said cutting rebates ‘is actually a tax increase’ that ‘will take money out of people’s pockets and continue to drive middle class taxpayers and senior citizens to bankruptcy.’

“That same leader also added, ‘It is of great concern when people cannot rely on the governor to keep his word.’

“It’s becoming evident that in Gov. Christie’s vision, the rich get richer as the middle-class and poor fall further behind.”

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