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.