As the old saying goes, "It is better to bend than break."
In New Jersey politics, that thought hasn't been at the center of many policy debates. But when the issue is property taxes, the need to position for a partisan advantage all but evaporates. With average property tax bills topping $7,000 — and some communities with average bills well over $10,000 — taxpayers don't care whether a solution comes from Democrats or Republicans. They just want a break.
That's what makes the recent compromise on a 2 percent property tax cap so remarkable. On the most important issue facing New Jersey — both in polls and around kitchen tables — common sense took precedence over party.