At the Shore, Christie Pushes Tax Cuts

Governor Chris Christie is continuing his Jersey Shore stumping with a visit to Ocean City on Wednesday as part of what he's calling an "Endless Summer Tax Relief Tour." But a new poll shows his summer push for a 10 percent tax cut isn't convincing a majority of voters.

Last week, Christie stood on the boardwalk in Manasquan and exhorted his audience to look for legislators vacationing at the Shore.

“I need you to go up to that Democratic legislator and I need you to say to him or her, ‘Listen, we’re glad you’re here, want you to spend more of your money. Just go back to Trenton for one day. Vote for the governor’s 10 percent bipartisan tax cut. Then come back here. You can stay on the beach after that. I can get my money back and everyone will be happy,’” he told a crowd.

But Fifty-four percent of New Jersey voters say it’s better to wait to see if there revenue is there before they can support the tax cuts, according to a poll (PDF) by Monmouth University and published by the Asbury Park Press Tuesday.

The governor made a deal with Democrats in June to enact a tax cut that was conditional on whether the states collects enough revenues by year’s end. Now, he is proposing the state go ahead with tax cuts anyway.

As of now, the cut will only go into effect in December if the state collects enough revenues to pay for it. In the budget bill passed by the legislature and signed by Christie, homeowners could get 10 percent of their property tax bill taken off their state income tax bill in April 2013.  

A non-partisan budget analyst for the legislature has testified that Christie’s projections are not realistic (PDF).

The poll was conducted on July 18 to July 22 and involved a random sample of 803 adult New Jersey residents including voters and non-voters. There is a 3.5 percent margin of error.