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Greenwald: Christie Owes Haddonfield Families Explanation for His ‘Jersey Setback’ Policies

(VOORHEES)–Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington) issued the following statement Tuesday on Gov. Christie’s impending visit to Haddonfield:

“I’d like to welcome Gov. Christie to the 6th District. The governor owes the middle-class families and senior citizens who make our communities strong an explanation: when will he give up his obsession with massive tax breaks for the wealthy that continue to harm New Jersey’s families?
“And when will he end his policies of catering to the wealthy instead of the middle-class, policies that have landed New Jersey 47th in the nation for economic growth? The governor talks a lot about a Jersey Comeback, but under Gov. Christie, we’re seeing a Jersey Setback with ever-increasing property taxes, an economy that’s falling behind and an unemployment rate that is far worse than the national average.
“When you look past the slogans, the governor’s record becomes clear. Under Gov. Christie’s policies, net average property taxes have gone up 20 percent while New Jersey’s economy is ranked 47th in the nation. Our unemployment rate is worse than our neighbors’ and a full percentage point worse than the national average.
“Unfortunately for Haddonfield residents, the governor would rather gallivant around the country auditioning to be on Mitt Romney’s ticket and hobnobbing with the Koch brothers and his Tea Party supporters than explaining to his constituents why he supports more tax cuts for the mega-rich while middle-class property taxes continue to rise and our economy continues to struggle under his watch.”

The Jersey Setback in Haddonfield

Haddonfield Avg. Net Property Taxes, 2009 $10,104
Haddonfield Avg. Net Property Taxes, 2011 $12,282…nearly a 22% increase

Haddonfield School Aid Cuts under Christie $686,380…nearly 45% of all state school aid to Haddonfield over his term, including a 100% cut in state school aid in FY 2011
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