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(TRENTON) — Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer (D-Essex) released the following statement Friday on comments made before the Assembly Budget Committee by Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Lori Grifa:

“Since when did Massachusetts being ‘whiter’ than New Jersey matter in the discussion of a 2.5 percent property tax cap? Ask Department of Community Affairs Lori Grifa for an answer. Because I have no idea what the relevance could possibly be.

“A property tax cap is being considered for the benefit of all property taxpayers in New Jersey, regardless of whether they’re black or white. For Commissioner Grifa to interject race in this discussion was inappropriate and unnecessary, and shows a lack of understanding of the issues at hand.”

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