Buono criticizes tax increases under Christie

Sen. Barbara Buono, presumptive Democratic challenger to Gov. Chris Christie, pounced on tax data released recently by the Department of Community Affairs to criticize his policies.

“The Christie administration has now confirmed what millions of New Jerseyans already know – the Governor has an abysmal record on reducing the property tax burden for working and middle class families,” Buono said in a release.

“Under his administration, Governor Christie has stopped millionaires from paying their fair share while the average property tax bill has increased by nearly 20 percent. Today’s report reiterates the fact that if we want this state to start moving in a positive direction, we need new leadership in the State House.”

The data issued last week by DCA shows town by town breakdowns and countywide breakdowns of average tax bills and the net property tax for 2012.

For example, it shows that the highest average property taxes are in Essex County at $10,164; the lowest county is Cumberland at $3,588 on average.

By comparison with 2009, the last year Gov. Corzine was in office, the respective average tax figures for Essex County stood at $9,505, and for Cumberland, $3,549. In 2009, Bergen County was highest at $9,735.

Buono criticizes tax increases under Christie