Christie warns of budget fight at town hall
June 25th, 2014
03:23 PM ET
4 weeks ago

Christie warns of budget fight at town hall

(CNN) - With a budget deadline just days away and New Jersey facing a billion dollar shortfall, Gov. Chris Christie told a town hall audience on Wednesday that he will veto any bill that crosses his desk containing a tax hike.

The Republican governor was greeted with a standing ovation as he entered the gymnasium at an elementary school in Haddon Heights, a suburb of Philadelphia, for his 122nd town hall. Before taking questions, Christie said he will not approve any budget that raises taxes and fees.

New Jersey lawmakers are expected to hand the governor a budget bill on Thursday that contains what he called a millionaire's tax - an income tax increase for people earning more than $400,000, as well as a 10% increase in fees for business owners.

"I believe what we need to do is reduce spending and reform entitlements," Christie said. "They want to raise income taxes to second highest in the country, and pass a 10% surcharge increase on every business that pays corporate taxes."

Christie, a possible 2016 presidential contender, argued that such increases would further hurt a state that is already lagging behind the rest of the country in the economic recovery from the recession. He warned that additional tax hikes would cause more people to leave New Jersey when many residents already move away to avoid estate and inheritance taxes.

The governor and lawmakers have until July 1 to enact a balanced budget.

There was a brief interruption at the town hall when a man stood up and shouted at the governor about New Jersey's medical marijuana act.

"Governor Christie, my daughter has been waiting for the MMA for a year and a half. My daughter has been dying and withering away. It's not right. You worry about the future. The only ones that you're worried about is the money and that's about it," said the man.

Christie ignored the protestor as police escorted him out of the room without incident.

The governor was asked about a variety of topics such as pension reform, education and the Sandy recovery.

No one posed any questions about ongoing probes into the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge or the Securities and Exchange Commission's investigation into the funding of a highway rehabilitation project in Jersey City. At question in the latter controversy is whether the use of funds from a Port Authority of New York & New Jersey bond offering on a non-agency property fits the definition of fraud.

Christie did not comment on a report from public radio station WNYC on an investigation of phone records that revealed the New Jersey appointed chairman of the Port Authority was in frequent contact with the governor's office during the days that access lanes at the George Washington Bridge were closed and the borough of Fort Lee was crippled by traffic gridlock. The records also showed that chairman David Samson was on the phone regularly with top Christie aides in the aftermath of the lane closures scandal.


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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    This jerk won't reinstate the tax on the richest New Jersey millionaires, but he will plunder the pension fund of working people. Typical Republican piece of garbage!

    June 25, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. just asking

    New Jersey lawmakers are expected to hand the governor a budget bill on Thursday that contains what he called a millionaire's tax – an income tax increase for people earning more than $400,000
    --

    as usual, the math challenged returded democrats think $400,000 is $1,000,000!! democrats are usually the goverment to steal more and more from taxpayers while giving more and more to their do nothing, produce nothing supporters. if they pass the bill, all of the targetted people should move to another state and teach them a lesson they will never forget.

    June 25, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein

    Christie should have understood what was going on when he agreed to putting money in the pension system like the workers have all along. If he fails to do the pension payment, he is dooming the state to have to pay higher interest rates on the money that needs to be borrowed. It also shows that he can't be trusted. The tax in NJ that most people are concerned about are property taxes not income tax.

    I think that if he is unwilling to be an administrator and see what needs to get done for the greater good of the state, then he is a fool. If you are in charge, you can't act as an ideologue like he now. Taxes need to be raised to get the necessary income. I don't want to pay more, but I see the need to maintain roads and honor the agreements that the state has made before in good faith.

    June 25, 2014 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    In other words you tighten you your belt up democrats and and dont worry about mine its tight enough live within your means and stop trying to be like a robbin hood and work and make a life for yourself if your not to old or sick . And stop worrying about the Jones little sparrow if you dont work you dont eat .

    June 25, 2014 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. Chris-E...al

    In other words you tighten your belt up democrats and dont worry about mine its tight enough .

    June 25, 2014 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Wilkinson

    Perfect. I work hard to avert any and every tax legally possible and I appreciate him. Here is to the fat man not being gentle...

    June 25, 2014 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    1. NJ has a one billion dollar shortfall.
    2. Christie refuses to add taxes to increase revenues.

    Where or where has this played out before? America the Beautiful being dumped on one state at a time Republican style. Here's looking at you NJ. You chose the right man to "dance" the crowd circuit with his ego in tow and little else in his repertoire of accomplishments.

    June 25, 2014 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Haha. Tubby is the one who CREATED the budget shortfall in the first place by CUTTING TAXES. When is the MSM going to get honest about its reporting and just admit that this is all part of the "starve the beast" strategy the GOP adopted years ago? Kill revenue, claim budget shortfalls it creates are a "spending problem" then demand that the "spending problem" be fixed by killing anything that prevents our oligarch overloards from truly establishing the plutocratic utopioa that gives them a throbber whenever they think about it. Next stop banana republic.

    June 25, 2014 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. PaulCat

    Only loved by the people in NJ.
    So keep him there.

    June 25, 2014 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "In other words you tighten your belt up democrats and dont worry about mine its tight enough ."

    Around your neck apparently...cutting off the oxygen to your brain. Christie is responsible for creating the budget shortfall by cutting the taxes in the first place. It's not a "spending problem" when the problem was created by voluntarily reducing revenue. He simply wants to kill the pension as a way of punishing the unions.

    June 25, 2014 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. MaryM

    So Krispy is giving tax CUTS to the Rich and no funding the Pension of NJ employees. Which will cost NJ millions and Millions of dollars in interest rate hike, My God, Krispy is a fool!!

    June 25, 2014 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. jrsgta

    how to destroy state, no job growth with the tax cuts given to SO CALLED job creators and jersey is dead last in job growth. trying the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. INSANE Christie

    June 25, 2014 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    At question in the latter controversy is whether the use of funds from a Port Authority of New York & New Jersey bond offering on a non-agency property fits the definition of fraud.
    -----------------------------------
    These scandals are the only thing that interest me about Christie at the moment. Is someone going to get whacked before they snitch?

    June 25, 2014 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. Tommy G

    There is simply NO LIMIT to what the leftist Democrats will take from taxpayers. In NJ, the only thing protecting the taxpayers is Chris Christie. Thank you for sticking up for the hard working tax payers of NJ!! It is high time that GOVERNMENT went on a diet!!

    June 25, 2014 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "That was hyperbole and as a result you completely missed the point."

    Hehe, Silence, fact is, while most people can tell the difference when someone is using hyperbole as a rhetorical and argument device to illustrate a point, there's no such concept as hyperbole in the conservative mind. The simply swim in an ocean of hyperbole, and like the fishy who doesn't know he's immersed in water, they don't know they're swimming in cartoonish exaggerations.

    June 25, 2014 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    @just asking: "as usual, the math challenged returded democrats think $400,000 is $1,000,000!! democrats are usually the goverment to steal more and more from taxpayers while giving more and more to their do nothing, produce nothing supporters."

    The "he" in that sentence is referring to Christie – so I guess YOU'RE the "returded" one in this scenario, just.

    In regard to your second statement, most recipients of public assistance are the working poor, the elderly (living on Social Security after a life of working), the disabled (who are not always able to work), students (getting educated, which benefits society), veterans (if you can't figure this one out, you're helpless), children (if you want a society based on child-labor, move to any number of third-world countries).

    Further, those able-bodied folks who can work often receive public benefits because they are unable to find employment or are working low-paying jobs (the "working poor" above).

    Instead of just parroting RWNJ talking points, just, why don't you use your computer to actually LEARN SOMETHING.

    June 25, 2014 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. ChrisM

    NJ citizens, you elected him as Governor and now you are paying the price. The illegal bridge manuver is just the tip of the iceberg. Now there is an investigation by the SEC for securities fraud. He cant issue bonds for the tunnel and then change his mind and put the money towards the polaski bridge. That is securities fraud!!

    June 25, 2014 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. ChrisM

    corrections *Pulaski bridge

    June 25, 2014 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    @Jeff Brown in Jersey: "This jerk won't reinstate the tax on the richest New Jersey millionaires, but he will plunder the pension fund of working people. Typical Republican piece of garbage!"

    Public employees negotiate compensation packages – not just wages. Part of their compensation is in the form of retirement benefits, i.e., they forego wages today and agree to put them aside for retirement.

    And then some jerk repub like Christie and others come in and say, "Fooled you, suckers! We're now going to steal your savings so Richie Rich and his buddies don't have to pay their fair share!"

    I'm seriously surprised we're not seeing torches and pitchforks outside the Governor's Mansion in NJ ...

    June 25, 2014 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    The GOP is in a world of hurt if Chris Christie represents the best it has to offer nationally. As is CNN for still trying to promote the TeaParty as the solution rather than the direct link to all that ails the Grand Old Party.

    June 25, 2014 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. Donna

    Governor Chris Christie should just issue Executive Orders to do whatever he wants to do. If it is OK for Obama to do, the Governor should be able to do it too. And I am 100% sure all the lefties on this board will back me up on this!

    June 25, 2014 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. Tony D

    Government needs to divest itself of the charity business it has become. No elected official should be able to use the power of the government to take my paycheck, without limit, in order to give some or all of it to people he promised to pay if they vote for him.

    Taxes were meant to be used for the common defense and the common good. That has been totally perverted by the left. A corrupt government/criminal enterprise now takes and uses my own money against me and my family.

    June 25, 2014 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  23. Donna

    Rudy NYC
    Donna
    There is no way they can leave out Hillary's great Russina Reset accomplishment.
    ----------
    They can if they exclude the part about the Bush administration alienating Russia in the first place, which is what created the need for a "Russian Reset", anyhow. Don't you folks ever think, or just listen to, your arguments through, from start to finish?
    --

    And just how did Bush "alienate" Russia? Oh yeah, a missle defense shield TO PROTECT THE USA and its allies. Which the clueless Obama unilaterally cancelled for nothing in return. Well, not entirely true. His show of weakness got the Ukraine invaded.

    Well, it's been lots of fun mopping the floor with you today Rudy but I gotta run now.

    June 25, 2014 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  24. Climate Scam

    What is this we hear that Lois Lerner of the IRS was trying to audit Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa for no apparent reason.
    Do any of you remember one of the articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon? It was for using the IRS to go after his political opponents. Obama will be lucky if he is not impeached before his second term is completed.

    June 25, 2014 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  25. just asking

    ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority
    ---
    @just asking: "as usual, the math challenged returded democrats think $400,000 is $1,000,000!! democrats are usually the goverment to steal more and more from taxpayers while giving more and more to their do nothing, produce nothing supporters."
    ---
    The "he" in that sentence is referring to Christie – so I guess YOU'RE the "returded" one in this scenario, just.

    In regard to your second statement, most recipients of public assistance are the working poor, the elderly (living on Social Security after a life of working), the disabled (who are not always able to work), students (getting educated, which benefits society), veterans (if you can't figure this one out, you're helpless), children (if you want a society based on child-labor, move to any number of third-world countries).
    --

    so a hundred years of liberal policies and we have ended up with half the country being poor and dependent on the government. which is exactly what the left wanted. destroy the individual and the family, and replace it with the government. welcome to the future the left has to offer us, government slavery. and it worked so well in the soviet union, for the rulling class. the rest of the people starved.

    June 25, 2014 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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