SPEAKER OLIVER: CHRISTIE SIGNATURE MARKS START TO TOUGH YEAR FOR HARD-WORKING NEW JERSEYANS

(TRENTON) — Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic) released the following statement Tuesday after Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a budget that raises taxes middle-class, poor, senior and disabled New Jerseyans:

“Gov. Christie’s signature marks an unfortunate day for New Jersey, one that steers us away from our long-term commitment to protecting our most vulnerable residents.

“Senior and disabled citizens will see their property taxes rise. The working poor will suffer from income tax increases. Families struggling to make ends meet will go without health insurance. Education and higher education will be slashed.

“Democrats were able to make change to make this budget better, but it’s still a bad budget for working class New Jerseyans. This signature is not cause for celebration. It is a sad start to a tough year for hard-working New Jersey families.”

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