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Christie on Lowering Property Taxes – How Do You Rate Him? [POLL]

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A report issued recently by the Monmouth Univeristy Institute rated the Governor’s performance ove the past few years.

And while he received high marks on a variety of issues, probably the one most vexing is his performance on keeping property taxes here stable, or perhaps even lowering them.

A monumental task indeed.

To be fair, should all the responsibility on lowering your property tax bill be put on the shoulders of the Governor?

Keeping them relatively stable might be a better indicator of how good a job he’s done in the last 4 years.

But then again, everyone’s story is different.

The 2 percent cap that was put in place in theory should be working to since raising your property tax bill over the cap has to go before you the voter.

Yet we still hold him accountable, and in a recent poll, his marks are not that good.

According to this:

Christie remains popular among New Jersey voters who approve of his response to Hurricane Sandy, but give him low marks on one of his highest priorities — lowering property taxes, according to a new Monmouth Univeristy Institute poll.

Christie’s grades aren’t as good in areas of controlling costs, education, creating jobs, same sex marriage debate and especially property taxes. 
On one of the signature issues of his administration, Christie’s grades are more negative than positive. With 35 percent of residents giving him a D or F, 29 percent a C and 27 percent an A or B.

“Property tax relief is the only area where the governor’s grades have been consistently weak,” Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a statement. “This has little impact on his overall job rating, though, because New Jerseyans place most of the blame for this problem on the legislature, past governors, and local entities.”

And that’s pretty much it in a nutshell.

Just for example’s sake, I took my property tax bill along with me.

My taxes for the last few years have been stable, with this year’s bill marking the first time I’ve seen an increase.

It only amounted to 100 dollars more a year, the bulk of the bill going to school taxes (65.22%)

I’m not unhappy, but I don’t live in opulence. Contrasting that with my mom, who lives in a similar type residence just across the river; and her taxes are half that.

But again, do you put that on the Governor. Lowering taxes in this state might be a great ideal; but it’ll never happen as long as we have to support a bloated bureaucracy, which will probably takes years to undo.

And just as an ancillary question, if you were disinclined to vote Governor Christie in for a 2nd term, what would the one issue be that would hold you back?

(Did someone say his intransigence on keeping the red light program intact?)

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