(TRENTON) — Assembly Budget Committee Chairman Louis D. Greenwald (D-Camden) issued a multimedia package Wednesday in which he criticizes Gov. Christie’s continued failure to provide fiscal notes — cost saving estimates — for the majority of the bills in the governor’s so-called “toolkit.”
The multimedia package consists of a video of Assemblyman Greenwald discussing the governor’s lack of a credible property tax relief plan and audio and a transcript of same.
The audio file is available upon request.
A transcript of comments from Assemblyman Greenwald follows:
“The governor is not a fan of what I like to call ‘roll up your sleeves’ public policy. I think he would rather be lost in a 30-second sound byte.
“His toolkit solutions have not solved the problems that the State of New Jersey faces: the highest property taxes in the nation are higher than ever.
“Many of the bills that he introduced required a fiscal note, and that fiscal note would tell us how much each of those items would save. He had 22 bills that ultimately got put together. Seventeen of them called for a fiscal note. We only received three.
“He isn’t doing that because, again, the bills don’t have the substance to save that type of money.
“He’s lost the ability, I think, for people to trust him in blind faith and right now, we need a little bit of evidence.”