TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman John DiMaio, who took the oath of office as the minority party’s new leader, challenged returning and new Assembly members to enact meaningful property tax reform at the ceremony to mark the 220th legislative session at the Trenton War Memorial on Tuesday.
“Services are a mile wide and an inch deep. Our residents pay the highest property taxes in the country. While the patchwork of progressive programs has made life less affordable for people both parties want to help,” DiMaio (R-Warren) said. “The message is clear of the so-called red wave that rolled through last November. We must make New Jersey more affordable. We must lower the costs people pay in every facet of life beginning with their taxes. Let’s get to work.”
Assembly Republicans picked up 11 new members, flipping several seats red, in the November election. During the reorganization ceremony, DiMaio swore in the session’s 11 new Republican Assembly members: Don Guardian (R-Atlantic), Claire Swift (R-Atlantic), Beth Sawyer (R-Gloucester), Bethanne McCarthy Patrick (R-Salem), Michael Torrissi (R-Burlington), Brandon Umba (R-Burlington), Marilyn Piperno (R-Monmouth), Kimberly Eulner (R-Monmouth), Vicky Flynn (R-Monmouth), Michele Matsikoudis (R-Union) and Christian Barranco (R-Morris).