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Christie Town Hall Draws Lighter Crowd

Gov. Chris Christie got a rare tepid welcome at his 81st town hall in Democratic Piscataway Wednesday.

Governor Christie Town Hall
Tim Larsen, Governor's Office

The Republican was greeted by electronic protest signs urging him to restore funds raided from the clean energy program to balance the budget.

The church gymnasium was pocked with empty seats, another rarity at Christie’s usually filled events.

Christie pushed his plan to cut income taxes by 10 percent and urged the Legislature to enact his proposed budget by June 30.

He didn’t mention the state’s revenue collections, which are lower than expected.

Democrats in the Assembly want a property tax cut tied to reinstatement of a millionaires’ tax.

Christie assured the audience he would veto an added tax on the wealthy if Democrats send it to him again.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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