Christie Slams 'Corzine Democrats,' Vows to Keep Fighting for Tax Cut

Governor holds town hall meeting in Brick Township

Gov. Chris Christie vowed to "kick (legislators') rear ends" to get New Jersey residents a tax cut during a town hall meeting Tuesday in Brick.

Christie repeatedly slammed Statehouse Democrats for inaction on his desired 10 percent income tax cuts and promised that taxes will never rise so long as he is governor in his latest stop on the "Jersey Comeback" tour at

An estimated 750 people packed the school's gymnasium just four days before the state's fiscal year ends and two days after the Assembly and Senate passed a $31.7 billion 2013 budget on strict party line votes, with no Republican support.

With the last legislative session before recess scheduled for Thursday, Christie said he'd hound majority Democrats up and down the state all summer if they don't act to reduce residents' tax burden.

"I'm going to point out... that these folks lied," he said. "I'm going to kick their rear ends from one end of the state to the other to get you your tax cut."

Democrats in the Statehouse set aside $183 million in the $31.7 billion spending plan to pay for property tax credits but propose to tie the relief to state revenue figures. Separate legislation would be needed for the proposed givebacks, but only if the governor's ambitious revenue targets hold through December. Democratic lawmakers have said the state likely cannot afford an across-the-board income tax cut in light of disappointing revenue figures the past few months.

Christie, however, branded legislators as tax-and-spend lawmakers who are not willing to send money back to the residents.

"These Corzine Democrats are all about raising your taxes," he said.

Christie also labeled Sen. Paul Sarlo, Democratic chair of the Senate Budget Committee, an "arrogant S.O.B." for a comment reported in the Star-Ledger in which he likened the Democrats' tax cut proposal to "putting the cookies on the table and saying 'be good and you can have it later.' "

"He's got to be one arrogant S.O.B... to tell the people when they've been good enough to get your money back," Christie said.

"I'll fight the fights that are worth fighting," the governor said. "We have a fight on our hands worth fighting now."

Christie also said he's extended his hand across the aisle to work with Democrats during his tenure, but the current budget process shows him he was "fooled" to think they can work in a bipartisan fashion.

Sen. Barbara Buono, D-Middlesex, said Monday that Christie was playing politics with the budget and failing to lead.

"All the threatening, hostile and inflammatory comments do is escalate tensions rather than defuse them. You get the sense that even as the Senate and Assembly leadership were trying to engage him, the governor was too busy planning his response to even listen," she said on the floor of the Senate.

"His abject refusal to negotiate shows a failure in leadership. Drawing a line in the sand and digging in your heels over a completely irresponsible tax cut is not leadership. The governor remains stubbornly delusional, and sadly, that's been reflected in this budget process. His refusal to negotiate this most important of documents defined this budget process, defines his administration and should not be something to crow about in town hall meetings," Buono said.

Several members of the public were called upon to speak, with most either praising Christie or asking for his personal help in different matters.

Hannah Infantolino of Brick, a member of the Historic Preservation Commission, was promised assistance from Christie's office toward achieving grant monies for the preservation of township buildings, for example. A Pine Beach man was told there would be "repercussions" when the resident claimed a Department of Environmental Protection staffer threatened to "bury him" in violations for a perceived slight.

Otherwise, residents' questions offered Christie the chance to emphasize the themes of the day.

Christie told one Toms River man concerned about the economy that it will be difficult to retain businesses in New Jersey without a lower tax burden. 

"We don't create jobs in government. We create the atmosphere for jobs," Christie said.

Officials have "suffocated" the economy with taxes, he said. "We're not going to fix the problem overnight... we need to lower income taxes."

Project Bluebeam June 28, 2012 at 05:57 AM
Isnt antonio movado the same tool who said if any wildlife ended up on his property he would use his assault rifle to take care of it? This goober also loves christie . It figures. Someone please check his green card and while youre at it take a look in his basement i,m sure theres some sort of horror show going on down there. lol
Project Bluebeam June 28, 2012 at 06:00 AM
Not to mention he will probably end up killing some innocent kid or a passing jogger with his elmer fudd act.
Project Bluebeam June 28, 2012 at 06:06 AM
Now christie has vowed to veto any tax on millionaires . How about the middle class getting a break for a change.? He was also upset people blabbing on the cell phones now will be getting a real fine. That christie what a hoot he is.
mom in brick June 28, 2012 at 11:39 AM
@ ralph- don't call me a simpleton, you don't know anything about me... I am a very well educated person- which is besides the point. And your not the only person with an opinion, as you go on your rampage with idiotic statements. Who I voted for or against isnt the issue. The issue is people like you place blame and talk the talk, but none of you get out there and walk the walk. Christie did not cause this mess, and he is left to clean it up. You know so much, than you do it!
mom in brick June 28, 2012 at 01:04 PM
I was not at the meeting I was working-and its summer you idiot, kids are out of school. You know it all with your 4 paragraphs of complaining.... why isnt your name EVER on the ballot? Again talking the talk but you cant walk the walk.
David Powell June 28, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Never forget Corzine blew the budget out while arranging sweet deals for a Union run by his Girlfriend. Then he took over MF Global, that went good for those investors didn't it. P.S. Project Bluebeam, who do you think hires people? Remember when we had a Boatbuilding industry, glass and ceramics and other light industry all in South Jersey? I do. Want to know what happened to it? It all went elsewhere. There is no reason that the advanced glass used in callphone and iPad screens cannot be made in New Jersey, in fact we'd probably be the best place in the world to do it, except the cost of running a business here is so high the industries all moved out. Want them back? Lower the cost. It is the only way to get the jobs back. That's just reality.
Kelley Gardner July 01, 2012 at 11:09 AM
So vote for the party that gave you all those tax increases that Christie is trying to change. Perfect...
ANGELA July 01, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Jack Daniels July 01, 2012 at 01:35 PM
If all the companies keep moving out of New Jersey you will not be able to afford your real estate taxes. Don't you get it. The amount of money that the State is pulling in needs to be reduced. The amount of money going out needs to be cut in half. It is absurd. I am not middle class and contribute plenty to the State. What happens when I move out of the state like many many of our neighbors have done. As I see it with all due respect is we the democrats are killing the goose that lays the golden egg. They continue to beat it with comments like earning money is a bad thing. What happens when the Goose is dead or fly's away. It is happening all day every day. Why is it so hard to figure out that a flat tax is the only way to go. If you earn more you pay more. Whatever it is 20,30 10, percent. I do not want my fellow New Jersey residents to be cheated or pay my share. Wake up and realize the people are not the problem. If politicians have to deal out bad news and threaten their re election or record they won't. They will sell us out. That is the real problem.
Mike July 01, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Don't forget the hundred-yard limo ride between the helicopter landing and the baseball game last year(?). By the way, rumor is that the state trooper who stole all that gas over three years was giving it to the Death Race drivers on the GSP in return for tickets to pro sporting events. Just kidding, but it wouldn't be so funny if there wasn't the possibility of truth to it.
Mike July 01, 2012 at 03:33 PM
The name-calling swells the choads of His base, nothing more. It's unprofessional and beneath the office. If this is what he's saying publicly, imagine what REALLY goes on behind closed doors. I'd like to know how all the rich people leaving the state for lower taxes manage to continue their $1M+ incomes from afar. Someone please tell me. Or are they all telecommuting? If you're referring to small business owners, are they taking their restaurants, etc., and trailering them to Delaware and other so-called business-friendly states?
Mike July 01, 2012 at 03:40 PM
While I think Christie is a self-absorbed blowhard whose purpose is to enrich himself, his family, and his cronies, I have to agree with Sean that Christie had little or nothing to do with Roche skipping town. When will the sheeple of this state and country figure out that those people known as corporations do what is best for themselves and their shareholders when making these decisions? Like a virus, they will kill their host (the middle class). Those who run the corporations will cash out long before the middle class has collapsed enough to affect the bottom line of these parasites.
howsthefam July 01, 2012 at 03:48 PM
The Tea Party's reason to be is to ferment hositlity and Christie is a great practioner of that. Sure, lets conduct discussion of fiscal policy in the gutter, that sounds like a great idea! While we're at it, let's call insurance purchase a tax....that's red meat for The Tea Party. And call Holder a murderer who plans homicide as an excuse to take away our guns! Our Guns! Red meat, all this hostile talk is nothing but red meat to inflame the base, who they must think of as automatons with no capacity for critical thinking....oh yeah.....The Texas Republican Party has a plank against teaching critical thinking skills in Texas schools......is ANYBODY SURPISED?
JP July 01, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Don't know about you, but I don't think a governor should be talking like that, let alone someone who's being considered (God knows why!?) as a future president. Christie should have respect for his opponents as well as all political positions, after all, he's part of that system and he'll either make it or break it in that system. We need politicians with class, not attitude.
howsthefam July 01, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Couldn't agree more.
JP July 01, 2012 at 04:49 PM
So let me get this straight, you want America to be a low cost labor payer similar to India and China just to get manual labor industries back into our country? How about we spend more money bringing up the level of general IQ in this country so that we can get people to THINK and invent and create new specialty products never before seen that the world will want to import from us. How about we use our brains instead of our brawn and pay people for their intelligence and expertise. If we started now, we might be somewhere in a few decades. If we follow groups like the Tea Party people, we'll go backwards to around the 1776 era like they desire.
Karen Samiec July 01, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Christie is just an arrogant so... - Must have been from Livingston!
Rosie July 02, 2012 at 06:35 AM
UMMMM!!!!! Sort of brings me back to a GWB Press conference!!!!!
Rosie July 02, 2012 at 06:39 AM
Right on!!!!!
Rosie July 02, 2012 at 06:43 AM
Pension benefits, you say???? Well since Christie is in office, mine has decreased. Great job!!!!! You do not see what is going on because you are probably one of his OC cronies.
Rosie July 02, 2012 at 06:57 AM
Another name from the past. Another Christie!!!!! Yep!!!! She borrowed from our school pensions to make herself look good. Sound famaliar??????? Then put a horse on her property and called it a farm. More benefits for her from the State. But this is in the past and what we should be concentrating on is the new Christie who is really doing our state in with his so-called great ideas to help out his cronies. And yes, I truly believe that his press conferences are padded with only Christie supporters. You mean to tell me there was not one person there who disapproved of what he was saying? Oh, I forgot!!!! Those people never got an opportunity to speak. Typical.
Rosie July 02, 2012 at 06:59 AM
So true. This is just a sad example of what is going on in NJ now. We used to be the pharmacuetical state and we are loosing here. More jobs being lost for good or going elsewhere. A very sad situation.
Miriam July 02, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Now is your chance!Get out and expose!On July 2-3, 2012, Lawless America...The Movie will film victims of government and judicial corruption in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey -- TownePlace Suites Mt. Laurel, 450 Business Parkway, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054, 856-778-8221. If you would like to be filmed, come tell your story for the movie. Just show up between 10 am and 6 pm, though we will probably not have openings until after 6 pm on July 2. Also email Bill@LawlessAmerica.com with your name, address, and phone number. http://www.lawlessamerica.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=993%3Alawless-americathe-movie-new-jersey-filming-july-2-3-2012-please-come-expose-corruption&catid=133%3Alawless-america-the-movie&Itemid=105 The movie will expose corruption in every state. The Movie will focus on victims. Corrupt judges and corrupt government officials will be exposed, and we will confront a number of the crooks. If anyone has ever questioned the story of a person who has expressed the view that they were a victim of the government or of judges, this movie will prove that the odds are that the corruption report was true. One feature length documentary movie is being produced. It will be shown in theaters, on Netflix, Blockbuster, and other such video places, and the movie will be presented at the Sundance Film Festival and other film festivals.
rocco July 02, 2012 at 11:55 PM
christie must have been looking in a mirror when he said a politician was a liar and a arrogant sob
Ms Piney Power 1 July 03, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Leave the Governor alone. Anyone can be fat and stupid.
John Santaella July 04, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Lot's of 'mights' in your example JC. Too bad it does not work as simply as you put it.
John Santaella July 04, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Well, in other states you also have lower wages. In other states you don't have the same level of services you have here. The grass is always greener on the other side.
John Santaella July 04, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Wasn't there an anti-bullying law passed in NJ this past year? Is Christie exempt from this law?
John Santaella July 04, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Chrisie Todd Whitman borrowed money from the unions this other Christie is trying to throw under the bus. This money has to be repaid but it seems our Governor is trying to welsh on the promise of repayment. Our Governor has not learned that you don't function today by borrowing against tomorrow and that is exactly what his vaunted tax cut would do. It may bring us more revenue in the future. NOT!
John Santaella July 04, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Hoffman-LaRoche is a giant Swiss company that is closing down in NJ and moving operations to Europe. They are not moving to another state. It is a corporate move; can't blame high taxes in NJ nor can you blame Christie for this. The plant is OLD. This is a business decision that would have been made regardless of who or what party was in office in Trenton.


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