Governor Chris Christie took his message to voters of New Jersey during a town hall meeting on January 18, 2012. He hit the airwaves in many media appearances. The first-term Republican governor of the Garden State attempted to sell his 10 percent income tax cuts for all. One day after his state of the state address, he informed crowds that he is the architect of New Jersey’s economic comeback.
With a boldness that only success can give, Christie presented the plan as a model for national economic policy too. Of course, this continues to feed into the speculation that he is positioning himself in a positive light for the 2016 presidential election. Political spectators also believe the tax cut is a way to firm up his qualifications as a fiscal conservative. He has not only cut spending, but also he has cut taxes. New Jersey has a notorious reputation for high taxes and high spending.
Governor Christie takes credit for the current economic environment of New Jersey. In the first two years of his term, he has added private- sector jobs, reduced more than 375 government programs, placed a cap on increased property taxes, and overhauled that state’s pension and employee benefits programs. He plans to outline detail of the entire state budget in February. Christie stated that the intention is to pass that tax relief in phases over the next three years. His plans are a sharp contrast to other governors in liberal states such as New York, California and Illinois. Those Democrat governors raised taxes and targeted successful taxpayers with tax hikes. Christie’s tax cut idea caused thunderous applause at his town hall meeting in the New Jersey suburbs.
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