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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 — — or by clicking here.

The audio file is available upon request.

A press release on the veto can be found at either 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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

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

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