TRENTON) — Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex./Passaic) released the following statement on Monday after Republicans failed to join the Democratic effort to override Gov. Chris Christie’s vetoes of property tax relief for more than 600,000 New Jersey senior and disabled citizens:
“Nothing has been more important to Democrats than protecting our most vulnerable senior and disabled citizens who are struggling to pay their property taxes and keep their homes, but sadly Republicans do not share that value.
“Unfortunately, Republicans sided with millionaires over senior citizens, even when they had a chance to correct their mistake. I was hopeful they would show some independence from their governor and work with us to protect elderly New Jerseyans.
“This was a compassionate plan to allow the shared sacrifice of our most fortunate 16,000 residents to help more than 600,000 senior and disabled citizens struggling to keep their homes.
“Republicans will now have to reflect on their votes and the pain they will bring to our senior and disabled residents.”
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