TRENTON, N.J. – Criticism poured-in on social media from Republicans in the state Assembly after Gov. Phil Murphy delivered his first state of the state message to a joint session of the Legislature Tuesday.
“Governor Murphy’s top NJ priorities for 2019 are increasing minimum wage and legalizing pot,” tweeted Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-Bergen). “What about crushing property taxes? What about huge outflux of our residents to cheaper states? What about NJ’s $195.5 billion financial hole? What about fairness for the middle class?”
“I’m surprised Murphy is touting his success in providing property tax relief,” tweeted Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney (R-Bergen). “How does an increase of $639M in property taxes last year fall under ‘relief?’”
“We need pension reform & property tax reform to keep our residents in our State,” tweeted Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-Monmouth). “Largest outward migration, haven’t heard how we are going to keep that from happening.”
“The Governor offered no specific plans to reduce the property tax burden on NJ residents or reduce the crippling corporate business taxes on NJ businesses,” tweeted Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips (R-Bergen). “It is now up to the Legislature to do it.”
“Program after program, ad infinitum,” tweeted Assemblyman Robert Auth (R-Bergen). “Nowhere has it been mentioned where the money is coming from.”