CHERRY HILL – Even after catching a $500 million school bill this morning and passing the baton to the Legislature to balance the budget, the governor is not going to stand for a tax increase once the spending document lands back on his desk.
“A lot of them were yelling and screaming that they wanted this,” Gov. Chris Christie told a crowd in Cherry Hill today regarding the school funding decision. “Now they got it.”
That means, he said, it’s time for the Democrats to put their ideas on paper – several of which Christie said today he would veto without pause.
“If I let my foot off their throat on a tax increase – any of them – they’re going to come out and grab as much as they can grab,” he said.
There’s Assemblyman Lou Greenwald, (D-6), of Voorhees, who wants towns to have the ability to levy income taxes locally.
“If you’re trying to lower taxes, why would you make more of them?” Christie said. “(Former Gov.) Brendan Byrne tried to sell you that bag of garbage in 1977.”
If taxpayers hear, “We promise, we’ll use all that money to lower your property taxes,” Christie said don’t believe it. “It doesn’t come back (from Trenton).”
Then there’s Assemblyman John Wisniewski, (D-19), of Sayreville, and his co-sponsorship of a gas tax hike bill.
“This is like a Democrat’s dream,” Christie joked. “Before the sun sets tonight, you will have Democrats calling for the millionaire’s tax.”
Actually that began earlier today, an hour after the court decision that said the state owes $500 million in the Abbott case.
“Now they’re going to raise the income tax, also,” even though the Dems say: “Don’t worry we’ll just raise it on millionaires,” Christie said.
“You’re looking at the only person between you and higher taxes,” he said, following eight years that included 115 tax and fee hikes. “How many have they raised in the last 16 months? Zero,” he said.
Assembly Democrats reminded State Street Wire that regardless of Christie’s no-tax policy, the average New Jersey tax bill went up 4 percent last year.