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Will New Jersey Get A Tax Cut? [AUDIO]

For months, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was hyper-focused on his proposed tax cut, but lately we haven’t much about it; however, Christie says the issue will soon be front and center once again.

Governor Chris Christie speaks in Mount Laurel, NJ (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

During an event in South Jersey, Christie pointed out when he brought up the issue of a tax cut during budget negotiations he was told the issue was dead in the water, so it wasn’t part of the discussion.

“At some point you’ve got to stop banging your head against the wall,” says the Governor. “When Steve Sweeney looks at me and Sheila Oliver looks at me and says, ‘I’m not going to cut taxes.'”

He points out now that the budget season is over, “and I know for sure that they’re unwilling to cut taxes…Between June 24th and November 5th this will be a big issue…Back in February I said I’m proposing a tax cut and if you don’t give it to me, I’ll be happy to take this issue to the public in November – and that’s just what I’m going to do.”

“I can’t force’em to, but it doesn’t mean I’ve given up my fight for it. Now I’m going to have to go over their heads, and that’s exactly what I intend to do between now and November 5th – you guys are going to hear a lot. If you guys are pining for a discussion of tax cuts, you’ll have to pine no further – you’ll get plenty of it between now and November 5th.”

He points out election results are often extraordinarily persuasive to politicians.

“So let’s see what happens in November – my pitch isn’t to them – between now and November 5th. I’m done dealing with them on this issue. My pitch is to the 5 million or so registered voters in New Jersey.”

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