NJ Politics Digest: Menendez Calls GOP Tax Bill a ‘Hit Job’ on NJ

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Sen. Bob Menendez called a proposed Republican tax overhaul “one giant hit job on New Jersey’s middle class” during remarks Wednesday on the Senate floor.

Two hours before the Senate voted along party lines to begin debate on the GOP tax bill, Menendez suggested the legislation is designed to punish blue states like New Jersey. The Senate bill would eliminate the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction, and high-tax states such as New Jersey would be particularly hard-hit by the move. Menendez said he planned to introduce an amendment to protect the SALT deduction.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has spoken with several potential candidates for Congress in the 2nd district, including Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, former Assemblyman Vincent Polistina, Hammonton Councilman Mike Torrissi Jr. and Assemblyman Chris Brown (R-Atlantic). Brown, who was just elected to the state Senate, said he is not interested in running for Congress.

And in 11th congressional district, 2018 has already arrived. Six challengers to Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11) participated in a candidate forum nearly a year before the midterm election.

Quote of the Day: “To borrow an old phrase from the Lower Trenton Bridge – what New Jersey makes, the GOP takes.” – Sen. Bob Menendez on the Republican tax plan.

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NJ Politics Digest: Menendez Calls GOP Tax Bill a ‘Hit Job’ on NJ