Bramnick, GOP blast Oliver, Dems for avoiding tax relief proposal

TRENTON – Assembly Republicans are ripping Speaker Sheila Oliver and other Democrats for failing to act on a tax relief proposal.

Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, (R-21), Westfield, blasted his Democratic colleagues ahead of today’s Assembly session for Oliver’s decision to post for a vote a bill that sets regulations on catching snapping turtles. Bramnick, along with the Republican caucus, argued lawmakers’ time would be better spent passing a tax relief proposal.

“They have put snapping turtle legislation ahead of tax relief,” Bramnick said.

“They do not want to give a win to Gov. [Chris] Christie,” he said. “I think they’re in disarray, to be perfectly honest with you.”

Assemblywoman Amy Handlin, (R-13), Middletown, echoed Bramnick’s comments.

“Anybody who puts snapping turtle regulations ahead of tax relief deserves to have a whole swarm of snapping turtles show up at their desk today and bite them,” she said.

The news conference doubled as a stumping event for two Assembly Republican hopefuls who are challenging Democratic lawmakers in two districts.

John Campbell Jr. and Maria Rodriguez-Gregg spoke briefly in favor of cutting taxes, saying if they were elected they would put a tax cut proposal ahead of snapping turtle legislation. Campbell and Rodriguez-Gregg are running for office in Districts 22 and 8, respectively.

An Assembly Democratic spokesman shot back following the news conference, referring to the event as “a ruse.”

“The Republicans can’t even fund the tax cut that’s on the books, and are silent on the hardship that’s causing seniors and the middle-class,” said spokesman Tom Hester. “Their comments are a ruse for their zeal to lavish the mega-rich with tax breaks.”

Bramnick, GOP blast Oliver, Dems for avoiding tax relief proposal