Gov. Christie Encouraging Medford Voters To Call Township Council’s Bluff

MEDFORD, NJ (AP/CBSNewYork) – Members of the all-Republican township council in Medford are furious that Gov. Chris Christie is telling voters to “call their bluff” and vote down a proposed tax increase.

On Monday, Christie said on radio station NJ101.5’s “Ask the Governor” show that voters in Medford and Lawrenceville — the only towns with local tax referendums — should reject them.

Officials in the southern New Jersey town are asking voters next month to allow the town to exceed the state’s two percent cap on property tax hikes.

“We’re in a very unique situation,” Medford mayor James Pace told WCBS 880. “We’re one of two townships — as the governor  pointed out — that are going to referendum. It was the idea that the governor did say, ‘Call our bluff and don’t vote for the referendum because they’re not going to stop picking up trash.’ But quite frankly, we’re not bluffing.”

Local officials say they need to raise the town’s taxes by 25 percent to keep trash collection.

“This isn’t something I relished,” Pace added. “This isn’t something that I looked forward to doing or wanted to do; It truly is a necessity. Unfortunately, we don’t have enough revenue to simply pay for the services that the municipality is required to provide its residents.”

Pace wrote the governor, saying the proposed tax hike is not “a political game being played to manipulate the public.”

Do you agree with Gov. Christie or the mayor of Medford? Sound off below…

  • Wiseup

    25% is only $400. Less than what they will have to have private trash collection. Repubilcans have always run Medford and the destroyed the town’s finances. They wouldn’t raise taxes in the past and now because of Christie they can’t raise taxes now.

  • ted

    25% increase to pick up Trash – are they picking it up in Caddy escalades and paying sanitation workers $200 per hour. I’d vote this down if it were my town. The bs never ends with politicians.

  • Jarvis Jones

    Help Chris Christie get the bad guys. Send him an email at and let him know that multi-billion dollar Fortune 500 companies like Prudential don’t deserve to steal $250 million from the state.

  • John McLafferty

    Increases taxes 25% for garbage pickup ??? There are a lot of garbage pickup choices. I guess this is not a full time job.

  • Moe

    Pace, Medford and every other town needs to start living within their means. Stop raping the taxpayer. Stop the obscene salaries, benefits and pensions. We want our services. Start cutting salaries!

  • eathen lord

    good for him, I say the voters should decide.

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