***MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE*** BUDGET IN BRIEF: GREENWALD ON CHRISTIE’S PROPERTY TAX HIKES

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New Video Series Chronicles Assembly Budget Committee Activity in 60 to 90 Seconds or Less

(TRENTON) — Assembly Budget Committee Chairman Louis D. Greenwald (D-Camden) Tuesday issued the first in a series of multimedia packages that will deal with the issues and policies surrounding the FY 2012 budget.

In this multimedia package, Assemblyman Greenwald notes Governor Christie submitted a budget that does not address New Jersey’s highest-in-the-nation property taxes.

The multimedia package consists of a video of Assemblyman Greenwald talking about property taxes and the governor’s budget and audio and a transcript of same.

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

The audio file is available upon request.

A transcript of comments from Assemblyman Greenwald follows:

Assemblyman Louis D. Greenwald (D-Camden), Assembly Budget Committee Chairman:
“You know, this is the governor’s second budget and for the second year in a row, he’s turned a blind eye to the property taxpayers of this state.

“He continues to fail to fund property tax relief, through means of school aid, municipal aid and property tax rebates for seniors and middle class families. He’s taken the highest property taxes in the nation and driven them even higher, two years in a row.

“The governor’s solution to these problems, so far, have been 30-second sound bytes and band-aid approaches. What we really need is people who are going to think through these problems. We’re going to restructure our tax system — one that is broken and doesn’t mirror the success of other states.

“We have an overreliance on property taxes and until New Jersey gets off of that addiction of property taxes, we will continue to spiral in this recession.”