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Chris Christie and the Politics of a Tax Cut [AUDIO]

By and large, New Jersey Democrats have worked well with Gov. Chris Christie since he took office, but many insiders believe they’ll be less likely to play ball with the governor in his second term. One pundit says even if Democrats decide not to bend to Christie’s will, it might not hurt the governor’s presidential aspirations very much.

Gov. Chris Christie
Gov. Chris Christie (Tim Larsen, Governor’s Office)

“He’s going to certainly push for an income tax cut which is probably the most significant item on his agenda which he has been unable to get through,” said Rider University political science professor Ben Dworkin.

The state doesn’t have the money to afford the cut according to top Democrats in the NJ Legislature. To a person, they say they would love to give residents some tax relief, but they cannot if it proves to be fiscally irresponsible.

“I’m not sure that (tax cut) is going to happen anytime soon,” Dworkin said. “The money doesn’t seem to be there according to the Democrats, and they’re not willing to cut half-a-billion dollars in order to fund a one year tax cut.”

If the governor is not successful in pushing through his suggested tax cuts, there’s no real downside for Christie other than not getting the cut he wants according to Dworkin. If he does get the cut, the governor can take credit. If he doesn’t get the cut, Christie can blame Democrats for standing in the way of taxpayers and some much needed tax relief.

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