Assembly Majority Leader Challenges Guv To Tax Plan Debate

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TRENTON – Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald on Monday challenged Gov. Chris Christie to debate dueling tax-relief budget proposals.

Assembly Democrats have proposed a 20 percent property tax relief credit for the middle-class worth on average about $1,600 and a 25 percent property tax relief credit for senior and disabled citizens worth on average about $2,000.

Christie has proposed a 10 percent across-the-board income tax cut that would translate to less than $25 a month in savings for most New Jersey residents.

Last week, when opposing the plan for middle-class and senior property tax relief, Christie said he would “be happy to have that debate and discussion any time they want,” so Greenwald on Monday had a letter delivered to the governor inviting him to a debate on NJTV’s “On the Record” program to be moderated by Michael Aron.

“I know you will agree that middle-class New Jerseyans deserve to hear about how our plans would affect them and their families,” wrote Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington) to Christie. “By discussing our plans on ‘On the Record,’ we can move past slogans and 30-second sound bites – allowing New Jersey’s middle-class families to decide whether they would rather have our 20 percent property tax relief plan or your income tax proposal.”

Greenwald added, “I hope you will join me in this civil discussion about how best to provide relief to the middle-class. New Jersey’s middle-class and working families deserve nothing less. I eagerly await your reply.”

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