(TRENTON) – Assemblyman John McKeon (D-Essex) released the following statement Thursday after Gov. Chris Christie vetoed legislation (A-4202) he sponsored to require New Jersey’s 16,000 millionaires to pay more to fund education in suburban and rural schools:
“The governor’s unrelenting defense of tax cuts for millionaires is truly hard to comprehend. At the very least, it’s crystal clear that the governor’s mantra of ‘shared sacrifice’ is nothing more than empty rhetoric.
“New Jersey’s middle-class and poor continue to struggle. Property taxes rose last year by the highest level since 2007. Unemployment still hovers above 9 percent. Schools are losing teachers and valued programs.
“Only one group is thriving in New Jersey under Gov. Christie – the millionaires. And they can directly thank the governor a second time now.
“The governor needs to seriously rethink his priorities. They are so far out-of-line with working class New Jersey that it would be laughable, except nothing about this is funny.”