Christie touts tax cuts and constituent service record in town hall meeting

MANCHESTER – In the friendly confines of Ocean County, where Gov. Chris Christie defeated former Gov. Jon Corzine by over 70,000 votes in 2009, the governor touted his tax-cutting record and constituent service responses in a standing room only town hall meeting this afternoon.

Christie also said he would be working with Senate President Steven Sweeney, (D-3), West Deptford, and the Senate majority to hammer out the details of the FY 2013 budget.

Christie has proposed a 10 percent income tax cut, while Sweeney and the Democrats have proposed a competing property tax cut.

Christie also said, as he has said previously, that the Assembly’s proposed budget plan is “dead.”

The governor touted his record of budget cutting to a friendly crowd.

“Today we have less employees on the state payroll than when (former Gov.) Christie Whitman was in office in 2001,” Christie said. “We did it through tough choices. They weren’t easy. None of us loved making these choices, but we knew we had to.”

Christie also spoke about his administration’s constituent service record since taking over as governor.

He said of the approximately 366,000 letters and emails his administration received since taking office, his staff has answered 359,000.

Christie touts tax cuts and constituent service record in town hall meeting