***MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE*** ASSEMBLY DEMS ON REPUBLICAN REFUSAL TO OVERRIDE CHRISTIE VETO ON SENIOR PROPERTY TAX RELIEF

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Assembly Republican’s Support of Millionaires for Second Time Means Increased Taxes for Seniors, Disabled; Tax Breaks for the Super Wealthy

(TRENTON) — Assembly members Paul D. Moriarty, John J. Burzichelli, Celeste M. Riley and Linda R. Greenstein today issued a multimedia package on Assembly Republicans’ refusal to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of property tax relief for senior and disabled New Jerseyans.

The multimedia package consists of a video response to the Republican refusal, audio of same, a transcript of comments from the members and a press release discussing the Republican override refusal in more detail.

The video can be accessed directly via our Web site — www.assemblydems.com — or by clicking here.

The audio file is available upon request.

A press release on the veto can be found at either www.assemblydems.com or by visiting the Assembly Democrats on Facebook.

A transcript of comments from the legislators is appended below:

Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty (D-Gloucester):
“Well, it’s very disappointing that the Republicans would not vote to override what I believe to be Gov. Christie’s biggest mistake of his term so far, which is to side with 16,000 millionaires and give them a $12,000 tax break.”

Assemblyman John J. Burzichelli (D-Gloucester):
“My Republican colleagues chose to vote to increase property taxes on senior citizens — over 500,000 households in New Jersey — by an average of 17 percent. That’s almost $1,300 for each of those senior households. They’re going to have their property taxes increased in calendar year 2010.”

Assemblywoman Celeste M. Riley (D-Cumberland):
“Basically, two-thirds of the population supports the millionaire’s tax. This is all about helping our seniors and our disabled get through this really tight economic time.”

Assemblywoman Linda R. Greenstein (D-Middlesex):
“People depend on these rebates and the Republicans were unwilling to tax millionaires. They were willing to tax everybody else — every other group — but just wanted to protect the millionaires and, in so doing, have voted for a tax increase on seniors.”

Riley:
“You know, I’m just very upset that Republicans have decided to side with millionaires for the second time, instead of siding with our seniors and our disabled.”

Burzichelli:
“And very simply put, 16,000 millionaire households got a tax break today; their taxes cut. And over 500,000 senior households had their property taxes increased. It’s not anymore complicated than that.”

Greenstein:
“So, tax break for millionaires, higher taxes for seniors. Not a good combination.”

Moriarty:
“I think it’s wrong. It doesn’t make sense. And it’s quite disappointing.”

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