Lobbyists Push For Restoration Of N.J. Budget Without Gov. Christie’s Cuts

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A lobbying group representing New Jersey mayors says Gov. Chris Christie’s budget cuts will hurt local efforts to stabilize property taxes.

The League of Municipalities says cuts totaling $240 million will adversely impact the ability of municipalities to provide much-needed property tax relief in their towns.

New Jersey’s property taxes are the highest in the country, averaging $7,576 per household last year. So Bill Dressel, the league’s executive director, has urged the Legislature to try to reverse some cuts.

Christie slashed all but $10 million from a $149 million aid program for cities and towns facing extraordinary circumstances. He also eliminated a $50 million public safety program for municipalities experiencing crime spikes that Democrats had put into their alternate budget.

In all, Christie cut $900 million from the Democrats’ plan.

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  • gary

    It will be interesting to see the reactions of the Republicans running my town when they see how their buddy has stuck it to us. Oh, but we should all feel better because he did in fact protect the millioninares.

    And Sweeney is upset now, the laughs keep rolling along.

    Can’t wait to vote out the fat blimp. Something to look forward to at least.

  • Tom

    Christie is disturbingly corrupt. He wants to cut services for the middle class and the poor in order to give more money to his big donors.

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