Tags: income | tax | cuts | Christie

Christie Hopes to Repeat Whitman’s NJ Tax Cuts

Monday, 23 Apr 2012 12:45 PM

By Greg McDonald

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is trying to cut state income taxes for the first time since former Gov. Christie Todd Whitman did it nearly 20 years ago, according to the Bergen County Record.

But opponents say the timing is bad and may get worse, given the state’s debt and rising property taxes, which they say began moving upward not long after Whitman’s cuts took effect in 1994.

“I think there are lessons we can learn from that,” said Gordon MacInnes, president of the liberal New Jersey Policy Perspective. “The circumstances for this tax cut are more dangerous.”

Democrats who oppose Christie’s income tax proposal say it should be targeted instead at property tax relief, which the Record reported is now mentioned most often in polls as the biggest concern among New Jersey voters.

According to the newspaper, the average New Jersey homeowner paid a record-high of $7,759 in property taxes last year. State Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald calls the property tax “the most crippling, destructive tax we have.”

“It’s strangling our families,” the Democrat said last week as he pitched his own tax relief proposal.

Christie, however, appears determined to press ahead, just as Whitman did two decades ago, under the belief that cutting income taxes now as the state is beginning to climb out of the recession will provide a boost to the economy and create more jobs.

“If we cut income taxes in this state you’re going to see more growth in the private sector, we’ll be more competitive with our neighbors. That’s all going to be very helpful to us,” Christie.

Jerry Cantrell, president of the pro-free market Common Sense Institute of New Jersey, agrees.

“I think that that’s the justification for it,” Cantrell told the Record. “We need a shot in the arm to send a positive message that we are optimistic.”

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved