TRENTON – Republicans, continuing the drumbeat begun during Gov. Chris Christie’s address to the Legislature today, accused the Democrats of essentially letting New Jersey residents down on property tax relief.
A group of six Assembly members led by Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, (R-21), Westfield, hammered home their idea that Democrats really don’t want tax cuts.
Amy Handlin, (R-13), Belford, called it “a sad moment when our Democratic colleagues turned their backs and walked out’’ after the governor finished his address this afternoon.
The Republicans said the Democrats shunned the governor’s call to “open the board’’ and get to work on voting for a tax cut, so the Republicans will be out on New Jersey’s beaches and vacation spots this summer talking up what Handlin called “the massive lost opportunity’’ of tax cuts for which the GOP said the Democrats are to blame.
“People without jobs don’t want us going home,’’ said Donna Simon, (R-16), Flemington.
And Scott Rumana, (R-40), Wayne, said the Democrats’ tax cut is a “maybe,’’ based on revenue projections later this year, whereas the GOP wants a tax cut now.
Bramnick said the risk of enacting a tax cut now, knowing revenue may still fall short of projections, is limited and can be dealt with.
“The message itself is really important,’’ said Bramnick. If people think taxes will be reduced, then maybe they open businesses, maybe they don’t move out of state, he explained.
Bramnick said it comes down to the fact that Democrats believe Christie has had too many wins – pension/benefit reform, tenure reform, tax cuts – and they don’t want him to have yet another victory.