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(TRENTON) — Assembly Appropriations Chairwoman Nellie Pou (D-Passaic/Bergen) released the following statement on Wednesday as the Assembly Budget Committee heard testimony from the state treasurer on Gov. Chris Christie’s budget plan:

“I’m hopeful of at least one thing from the testimony we’ve heard — Gov. Christie is going to have to revise his tax-increase budget that targets working class New Jerseyans and senior citizens.

“Gov. Christie wants to tax hospitals, working poor families, businesses and senior citizens while eliminating property tax relief for the middle-class and seniors and slashing school aid, all while digging in his heels to protect the wealthy.

“Just because the governor says this budget is built on shared sacrifices doesn’t make it so.

“Senior citizens and working families who would suffer under Gov. Christie’s income and property tax increases as the rich get richer may have a different definition of shared sacrifice.”

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