CEDAR GROVE – State funding for public schools must be beefed up before Trenton approves tax cuts for the wealthy, state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18) said here today at a press conference with former Gov. Dick Codey, Assemblyman John McKeon (D-27) and Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-27).
“Everybody wants middle class tax relief,” Buono said, but she decried what she said were Gov. Chris Christie’s “outlandish revenue projections.”
The governor, Buono said, has underfunded public schools by $4.365 billion, according to the provisions of the School Funding Reform Act.
Speaking on 101.5 FM this morning, Christie said he plans to send a tax cut plan back to the Legislature.
Kevin Roberts, spokesman for Chris Christie for Governor, issued a statement in response to Buono’s press conference.
“With a record of voting to raise taxes 154 times, Senator Buono just can’t help herself when it comes to standing in the way of delivering tax relief to middle and working class New Jerseyans,” Roberts said. “Senator Buono must explain to New Jersey families why she refuses to support Governor Christie’s bipartisan compromise plan to lower property taxes for the middle class and increase the Earned Income Credit for working families. It’s inexcusable to rail against the tax burden of New Jerseyans while standing directly in the way of real, meaningful relief.”