Governor Chris Christie is back in New Jersey, hitting the beach in Monmouth County for the first stop of his so called "endless summer tax relief tour."


Christie kicked off the summer tour in Manasquan, bashing Democrats who he says are blocking tax cuts.

"These are the same folks who followed my predecessor and voted for tax increases 115 times, its all political with them."

Both sides want a tax cut. Democrats have set aside $183 million for a tax cut in January if state revenues match the governor's projections. Christie says tax relief should be guaranteed now.

"This will help make our state more competitive and put more New Jerseyans back to work, people will have more of their own money back in their pocket. We need to add more gasoline to the fire, this is the kind of thing that accelerates a recovery."

He told a couple hundred people who joined him at a beach pavilion that if they saw a Democrat on the beach, they should tell him or her: "Just go back to Trenton for one day and vote for the governor's bipartisan tax cut. ... That's what we need to do this summer, get them the hell off the beach to vote for your tax cut."

Christie also asked residents to email Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver to say "pass my tax cut now."

But Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington) said the governor's tour is nothing but his usual attack on the middle class.

"It's nice of Governor Christie to stop by New Jersey every once in a while, but his brief swing through the state unfortunately won't repair the damage he's done to middle-class taxpayers. Actions speak louder than words, and Christie's actions prove his priority is protecting tax breaks for the mega-rich at the expense of the middle-class" Greenwald said in a statement.

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg called the tour "more irresponsible political theater."

Christie said the summer tax relief beach tour will head to spots up and down the Jersey Shore from Belmar to Cape May.

Courtesy Governor's Office