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Gov. Christie: Property Tax Problem Getting Better, More Work Remains [AUDIO]

Governor Chris Christie
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It’s no big secret that Jersey continues to have the highest property taxes in the nation, but during last night’s edition of Townsquare Media’s Ask The Governor show, Governor Christie said a lot has been done over the past year to get the problem under control.

“You know we now have pension and benefit reform in place, we have the arbitration cap, we have the cap on property taxes and I’m hoping we’ll see some results from that” said Christie, “but we need to do civil service reform, and shared services reform…the fact of the matter is, if we want to slow the growth or reduce property taxes- here’s the way we do it – spend less!”

He said that’s the reason he frequently has arguments and debates “with public sector workers about why they should pay for their benefits and they should pay more for their pension – and people say oh, that’s too mean, that’s too harsh – well, those are the main drivers along with salary of all your municipal expenses.”

Christie also said the bottom line here is pretty simple – “let’s get real- it’s easy to complain- the fact is, that you’re paying what the town says what your value is worth times their tax rate- if you want to pay less, they’ve got to spend less…that’s the only way it works.”

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