OLIVER & GREENWALD: CHRISTIE PLAN TO HIT TAXPAYERS WITH EVEN MORE TAX HIKES WILL REQUIRE HARD ANALYSIS

(TRENTON) — Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver and Assembly Budget Committee Chairman Louis D. Greenwald on Friday said the privatization recommendations unveiled by Gov. Chris Christie’s administration represent even more Republican tax and fee hikes on working class New Jerseyans.

“Well, there he goes again,” said Greenwald (D-Camden). “It’s becoming clear this governor hasn’t met a fee hike on average New Jerseyans that he couldn’t embrace, and fee is just another three-letter word for tax.”

The Christie plan would have motorists pay for their own emissions tests, among other recommendations. The plan also gives new life to the failed 1990s plans to privatize inspections and other services.

Oliver said she expects to call an Assembly Budget Committee hearing to look into the plan.

“This plan and its tax hikes on average New Jerseyans will require a hard analysis,” said Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic). “It was bad enough Gov. Christie’s budget included more than $1 billion in tax increases on average New Jerseyans. Now he wants to sting residents with even more fees for services such as car inspections. Where does it stop?”

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