RILEY: GOVERNOR’S VETO OF SENIOR CITIZEN TAX RELIEF ‘DISAPPOINTING AND SHOCKING’

(TRENTON) – Assemblywoman Celeste Riley (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland) released the following statement Thursday after Gov. Chris Christie vetoed her legislation (A-4202) to provide a retirement income tax break to senior citizens:

“It’s disappointing and shocking that this governor has now twice refused to give New Jersey’s senior citizens a tax break they deserve, yet he continues to safeguard tax cuts for millionaires.
“This bill would have given 474,000 New Jersey senior citizen income tax filers $62.4 million in tax relief in the coming year. That’s money that could have gone toward keeping a home, paying for health care, visiting grandchildren or building a strong savings account for the unforeseen emergencies that so often arise.
“Now, thanks to this governor, that tax relief will never arrive.
“The governor’s priorities are out of whack. It’s very sad, actually.”