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Balancing budget on backs of suburban taxpayers hurt Chris Christie’s grade for first six months as governor

Balancing budget on backs of suburban taxpayers hurt Chris Christie’s grade for first six months as governor
BY MURRAY SABRIN
COMMENTARY

Recently, The Record of Hackensack reviewed Governor Christie's first six months in office. Reporter John Reitmeyer reviewed the governor's promises kept and promises not met in a front page article. Governor Christie's most notable accomplishments to date: no state income tax hike, public workers will now pay 1.5% of their salaries for health care, and no pensions for part time state workers. Governor Christie was also successful in pushing through a 2 percent property tax cap. In the works are the following initiatives: an economic growth agenda with more ‘public-private partnerships," strengthening "pay-to-play" laws, and greater transparency for local governments. Other promises of the governor are not close to becoming law: relying only on recurring revenue for the budget, eliminating dual office holding, cutting the state income tax for all taxpayers, and consolidating renewable energy manufacturing initiatives under "Renew NJ."

In the gubernatorial campaign as well as during the primary Chris Christie said he would maintain property tax rebates. Once in office the governor ended the rebates because the alleged $10 billion deficit for the 2010-2011 fiscal had to be closed. In essence, eliminating tax rebates was tantamount to a tax hike.

 

This Christie veto threatens New Jersey’s economy

This Christie veto threatens New Jersey’s economy
BY LOU GREENWALD
COMMENTARY

The facts are simple.

Home sales in New Jersey fell 23 percent in May and 27 percent in June. Those numbers are even scarier considering those are typically busy times for the...

Hyped Corzine-Katz e-mails reveal absolutely nothing

Hyped Corzine-Katz e-mails reveal absolutely nothing
BY CARL GOLDEN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

The Corzine-Katz e-mails (former Gov. Jon and former public employee union leader Carla) are finally out and they reveal — drum roll, please — absolutely n...

Pentagon losing control: Wikileaks and leaking Iraqi funds

Pentagon losing control: Wikileaks and leaking Iraqi funds
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY MIKE SCOTT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Blame Wikileaks if you must about the 92,000 documents they obtained about the war in Afghanistan, but something is really amiss at the Pentagon. Th...

New Jersey’s pension obligation on Christie’s hit list

New Jersey’s pension obligation on Christie’s hit list
BY PATRICK MURRAY
COMMENTARY

Numbers matter. Poll results, budget deficits, health statistics. Attach a number to any issue and it becomes reality. But sometimes a reality check is in order.

When this...

Sherrod case: Andrew Breitbart should be edited, too

Sherrod case: Andrew Breitbart should be edited, too
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY MIKE SCOTT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Liberal, conservative, whatever ... it doesn't matter. What matters most from the entire Shirley Sherrod affair is the shoddy "journalism" Andrew Br...

Keynes, Obama and the future

Keynes, Obama and the future
BY CHRISTOPHER W. YOUNG
COMMENTARY

Despite the overwhelming amount of commentary about the Great Depression and the recently labeled Great Recession, the United States has survived twelve or more panics...

Christie’s N.J. property tax toolkit needs a hammer

Christie’s N.J. property tax toolkit needs a hammer
BY WILLIAM G. DRESSEL, JR.
COMMENTARY

Over the past month, the governor signed a budget that cut municipal property tax relief funding by about $400 million, and a new 2 percent cap on future property t...

New Jersey’s economic recovery will not come easy

New Jersey’s economic recovery will not come easy
BY HANK KALET
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

Gov. Chris Christie was elected promising a rebirth of the state's economy, a promise it was clear he couldn't keep given the structural changes that have h...

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