(TRENTON) – Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic) released the following statement on Monday:
“Tax relief is not something that should be subject to political theater and misleading statements, but sadly that’s what we saw today.
“Democrats have responsibly vowed to provide additional tax relief if the revenue is there, but Gov. Christie has presided over a 9.2 percent unemployment rate, economic output that ranks 47th out of the 50 states and revenue collections that have consistently come in below projection.
“Time and time again Gov. Christie has failed when it comes to tax relief.
“New Jerseyans have endured a net 20 percent property tax increase under Gov. Christie. Gov. Christie has consistently opposed middle-class property tax relief. He has repeatedly vetoed income tax relief for the working poor. Gov. Christie’s only consistency is a devotion to protecting tax breaks for the wealthiest New Jerseyans at the expense of the middle-class and senior citizens.
“Gov. Christie today highlighted his opposition to middle-class and senior citizen tax relief, and the revenues he needs did not w magically appear, but the Gov. Christie sure got to show off in front of the television cameras. New Jerseyans deserve better.”