JOHNSON: CHRISTIE’S SHARED SACRIFICE NOWHERE to BE FOUND FOR SENIOR CITIZENS & DISABLED

(TRENTON) — Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen) released the following statement Monday as the Assembly Budget Committee heard testimony on Gov. Chris Christie’s budget plan for the state Department of Health and Senior Services:

“Let’s just be clear — Gov. Christie supports a tax cut for those earning more than $400,000 per year that will save them as much as $815.

“Yet Gov Christie supports charging senior citizens $310 just to get access to crucial prescription drugs and doubling co-payments for those drugs. Those plans would increase the cost-of-living by an average of $430 for seniors, including the 15,000 in Bergen County needing prescription drug help.

“On top of that, he backs increasing co-payments for families looking to help their disabled children through early intervention programs.

“We also shouldn’t forget his plan to strip senior citizens and the disabled of as much as $1,295 in property tax relief.

“Taxing hospitals, socking senior citizens with higher medication fees and property taxes and forcing families with disabled children to pay more for desperately needed services – while endorsing a tax break for the rich — hardly seems like shared sacrifice.”

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