(TRENTON) – Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington) released the following statement Friday on Gov. Chris Christie scrambling to explain his opposition to the Assembly Democratic plan for a 20 percent middle-class property tax relief credit and a 25 percent senior citizen property tax relief credit:
“It’s becoming clear Gov. Christie is running scared from his net 20 percent property tax hike.
“Still, I take it as a compliment that the governor is obsessed with talking about the Assembly Democratic plan for middle-class and senior property tax relief.
“Our plan is very simple – it will benefit 95 percent of the state’s homeowners and countless tenants. If you make $250,000 a year or less, you will receive up to a $2,000 credit to cut your property tax burden. Senior and disabled citizens will receive up to $2,500. Tenants get increased relief, too.
“Gov. Christie knows this, and that’s why he’s in panic mode.
“He knows the public embraces middle-class and senior property tax relief, not his zeal for income tax cuts for the mega-rich. In Gov. Christie’s world, it’s $40,000 annual tax breaks for millionaires and property tax hikes for everyone else.
“The governor may be desperately struggling to explain his opposition to middle-class property tax relief, but as soon as he’s done scrambling to duck his preference for millionaire tax breaks, he can either live up to his own words and debate our plans or join Assembly Democrats in our effort to protect the middle-class and seniors.”