Assemblyman Gary Schaer had the following published in The Leader :

“When both houses of the New Jersey Legislature passed the $29.4 billion state budget June 28 — which Governor Christie signed the next day — I was not one of those voting in favor of it. It is not that I disagree with the budget principles of lower spending and lower taxes, but because I strongly disagree with the budget’s priorities.

“Taxes in New Jersey are too high, which is why I supported our new 2 percent property-tax-cap legislation. The real challenge in New Jersey, however, is to change a 19th century-based tax system, in which we fund local government services and public education almost exclusively through property taxes, in favor of a more equitable method…”

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