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Governor Christie: “Not Worried About Democrats Town Hall” [AUDIO]

Earlier this week, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg announced that they will be holding a series of town hall meetings across New Jersey to discuss the Democrats’ property tax credit proposal.

Governor Chris Christie
Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

Governor Christie has said that he and Sweeney are “close” to an agreement on tax cuts and that their proposals are similar. Christie wants a 10-percent income tax cut across the board for all New Jersey residents.

“I don’t think there’s a divide between us…It just shows that Sweeney wants to go out and talk about his plan, I think that’s great. We are both talking about income tax cut plans. I’m talking about an income tax rate cut, he’s talking about an income tax credit and that’s by anyone’s evaluation really close” Christie said during a press conference in Trenton.

But Senate President Sweeney has said the purpose of the town hall meetings is to explain to the public how the plans are different and let them decide which one is better for them.

“Our plan would put every penny of relief in the hands of middle class and working class New Jersey,” said Sweeney. “These are the families whose property taxes have gone up 20 percent under Chris Christie. We are going to go directly to the people so they can see how they would benefit under our plan versus the governor’s income tax giveaway scheme to millionaires.”

Christie said he spoke to Sweeney this week and they will be getting together to hammer out a tax cut plan.

“We’re going to sit down together and see if we can come to a compromise. I’m not wed to everything having to be my way, but I am wed to the idea that people of New Jersey need tax relief. He’s got his idea, I’ve got mine, let’s see where it lands.”

Over the last two years, Christie said he and Sweeney have shown they understand what bipartisanship means.

“We will work together, but we both understand that we won’t get everything we want. I’m confident that for the first time in more than a decade New Jerseyans are going to get tax relief and that’s a good thing.”

Christie also told Sweeney he would come to the town hall if he wants him there.

“I told him I would be happy to come and watch. I don’t know if my schedule frees up enough time, but Sweeney and Loretta Weinberg is going to be a great show, I can’t wait.”

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