TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) takes a chair in front of the Senate Budget Committee and the back drama of Kean-Doherty-Christie shinks from view.
Now Sweeney pitches his 2.9 percent property tax cap, which state Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-Boonton) promptly denounces in favor of Gov. Chris Christie’s 2.5% hard cap.
Christie’s cap contains a provision enabling voters to decide when they want their elected officials to hike the cap over 2.5%.
Sweeney’s doesn’t, and therein lies the difference, says Bucco.
“Constitutionally, where the people can vote yes or no, it’s more prudent to do that so legislators from here on don’t arbitrarily change it again,” says the budget committee’s ranking Republican. “I’m not going to support this bill at this time.”