Christie: League of Municipalities’ head a ‘whiner’ over user fees

ELMWOOD PARK – While taking aim at user fees and other loopholes that towns use to avoid the state’s 2 percent property tax cap, Gov. Chris Christie put the executive director of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities in his crosshairs.

The governor described the group’s executive director, Bill Dressel, as “a whiner,” saying the opposition of Dressel and others to closing the loopholes is unacceptable.

“Don’t they understand you’re stretched?” Christie asked the Elmwood Park crowd during his Tuesday town hall.

“You’re stretched already,” he said. “Let them start making sacrifices.”

Christie went on to say that pressure needs to be put on anyone not supporting closing the loopholes, saying “we need to start forcing the hard decisions on them.”

Christie: League of Municipalities’ head a ‘whiner’ over user fees