(TRENTON) — Assemblywoman Celeste Riley (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem), the sponsor of legislation (A-20) that would have eliminated Gov. Christie’s cuts to property tax relief for senior and disabled citizens and guaranteed the elimination of new and increased prescription drug fees, released the following statement Monday after Assembly Republicans failed to support overriding Gov. Christie’s veto:
“This is a tragic day for more than 600,000 senior and disabled residents in New Jersey who will soon have trouble affording their home thanks to Gov. Christie and Assembly Republicans.
“This legislation was a compassionate attempt to ask our wealthiest residents to share in the sacrifice and help more than 600,000 middle-class and poor senior and disabled residents, but unfortunately Assembly Republicans have sided twice with millionaires over our seniors.
“I am deeply disappointed by this outcome and the Assembly Republican refusal to work together to protect our elderly and disabled.
“New Jersey has always had a core value of protecting our most vulnerable, not tax cuts for millionaires. Democrats continue to share this value, but Assembly Republicans are heading in a different direction.”
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