Senate Democrats have taken a page from the Christie play book and will hold a series of townhall meetings to discuss their version of tax reform.
Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg will take their show on tour in hopes of convincing the public that not only is their plan a good one, but also that it is better than Gov. Chris Christie’s proposal for a 10 percent across the board income tax cut.
Christie has had great success with a series of townhall meetings around the state in which he touts his policies and takes questions from the audience. The sessions have given rise to some of the governor’s greatest PR hits as he spars with members of the public.
Sweeney has proposed a plan to offer a tax credit equal to 10 percent of property taxes paid. Democrats are touring their plan as one that favors the middle class versus Christie’s, which they say favors the wealthy. Christie has latched on to Sweeney’s plan in ads, saying he and the Senate President agree that taxes need cutting and calling Sweeney’s plan an income tax cut similar to his own.
Sweeney has done his best to distance himself from the governor, claiming his plan is a property tax cut.
The first meeting will be held Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m. at the Mercer County Library – Lawrence Branch, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville.