Christie In Galloway: Slams Dems; Will Look Into Rest Stop Concerns

The governor responded to concerns about the possible closing of the Galloway rest stop access road and challenged the state legislature to approve tax cuts and budget.

Gov. Chris Christie appeared at the Wednesday, scolding Democrats for not producing a workable budget and addressing local concerns - including the future of the local access at the township’s parkway rest stop.

Christie opened his town hall remarks by repeating the refrain "18 Days," saying that the Democratic legislature had that amount of time to produce a budget before the June 30 deadline, and the budget must include some form of tax relief. “No tax cuts, No budget,” said Christie, standing in front of placard reading, “18 Days Left For Legislature to Deliver Tax Relief.”

He compared legislative Democrats to a "child given a book report assignment," saying that they both procrastinate until the last minute only to have to cram to get it done.

The Republican governor has repeatedly accused Democrats of standing in the way of a 10 percent tax-cut proposal in front of the Legislature. Democrats point to lower than expected tax revenues and projected shortfalls as reasons to not cut taxes, with some calling for tax increases in the form of a “millionaire’s tax” instead.

Christie rebutted this, saying he would “hold his foot to the throats of Democrats” to prevent any tax increases. “You know how to spend your money better than they do,” Christie said to loud applause.

In outlining his accomplishments in cutting spending, fighting government waste and reforming pensions, the governor gave the SRO crowd of approximately 800 some local facts and figures. He said that, due to pension reform, he was able to slash Galloway’s pension obligations by 5 percent to municipal employees and 25 percent to the police department. “That translates into $550,000 in property tax relief,” he added.

At the same time his administration was able to increase state aid to the school district by 4 percent, or just under $1 million, he said.

Christie addressed other local matters once the floor was open to questions from the audience.

The governor said would look into concerns that Galloway residents have about losing access to the local Garden State Parkway rest stop off Jimmie Leeds Road. Access to The Atlantic City Service area and Parkway from Jimmie Leeds Roads will only remain open until an interchange is built, state officials have said.

Using a question from a resident with a severely ill relative about a proposed medical marijuana clinic in the area, he addressed the issue on a statewide basis. “I do not support programs like those in California and Colorado, which essentially have legalized it,” he said. If a person is truly sick and marijuana is what is called for, he is in favor of dispensing it.

However, he added, it is a local issue that municipal governments and their planning and zoning boards must agree to accept. The governor added a clinic had gotten preliminary approval in Montclair in Essex County and it was his understanding the proposed one in nearby Egg Harbor Township is “moving forward.”

In a moment of levity, Christie took a question from three youngsters standing on their chairs waving their hands in unison. When their “spokesman” asked, “What do you need to know to be governor?” Christie chuckled along with the audience.

“I don’t know enough yet” he replied. He then went on to say that in the end you need to want to help people.

The Republican governor took one last swipe at the Democrats when asked by a member of Galloway’s school administration if there was some way to relieve the toll education funding takes on those paying property taxes. “More than two-thirds of our municipal taxes go to the schools,” he said.

The governor said the only option at this point would be to “dramatically” increase both the state’s income and sales taxes. Statewide, the average cost of education is $17,700 per student for a total 26 billion dollars, explained the governor.

Sixty-five percent of that state aid is mandated to go to a very small percentage of school districts most of which are in cities and are “at risk or failing,” he added.

The state Supreme Court has upheld this policy. “So, we need to change the Supreme Court,” Christie said.

But Democrats have rejected his nominees because as Christie claims one legislator told him, “They don’t want to change the liberal nature of the court.”

“I nominated an Amherst graduate, who went to Yale Law School, and they told me he was ‘unqualified,’” he said. “What does that tell you?”

This was Christie's 84th town hall meeting since he took office in 2010. The governor said there will be many more in the days leading up to the budget deadline.

Mrs. G. June 13, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Everyone should look at their income tax booklet and figure out what the 10% income tax cut would actually put into their pockets. It SOUNDS good, but the reality is, the money saved is very small for most of us. I bet you pay a lot more in property taxes than in NJ income taxes. The Dems want REAL tax relief. Again, figure out what a 10% tax cut in your real estate tax bill would mean for your pocketbook. Then, remember some of the DEMS want to give you a 20% tax cut in your real estate tax bill if the wealthy START to share the sacrifice. (You know, pay their fair share.) The governor talks a lot about sharing the sacrifice, but the actual sacrifice continues to fall on the middle class. DON'T fall for his tactics. Do your own math - I am certain you will NOT come out ahead if his plan goes through - no matter how good it sounds. I am also certain he is banking on you not doing the math!
Drewsky3d June 14, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Sounds like he wants to stack the state supreme court the same way Bush did with the SCOTUS....
Diogenes June 14, 2012 at 04:49 AM
David Vacarro: Once again, like a bacterial invasion, you infect another Patch discussion with with your demeaning disrespect for others who are are posting. You go beyond argument that vigorously but respectfully disagrees with others' views, to engage in abusive name calling and vulgar language toward the others on this site. We all have seen the type of garbage you post in response to other Patch posters on other stories. You really have a serious lack of the social skills necessary for intelligent discussion of issues. I know that you will respond to this with some type of insult or fecal references that you seem to be fixated on, but don't worry, I will simply ignore you, as you so richly deserve. I encourage others to do the same, or to flag your posts as inappropriate. Please check yourself into Ancora to receive the therapy you so desperately need, until you are fit to return to society.
Diogenes June 14, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Mrs G: I agree with your points. the Governor continues to demean unions, teachers, school districts in need, and wants to institute the wrong tax cut, an income tax cut, that he will pay for by borrowing from another fund. He follows the Christie (how coincidental) Whitman philosophy of borrowing to reduce income taxes. the citizens of NJ need property tax relief. This is much more important for senior citizens and middle class taxpayers than a lowering of the income tax that will result in minimal benefits for the middle class and a big bonanza for our wealthier citizens. Christie's programs an policies are solely directed to his national political ambitions and creds for national Republican candidacy in 2012 or 2016 and not for the betterment of NJ.
Diogenes June 14, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Galloway Patch: would you please stop using the term "slams"? It is now so overused and trite. It conjures up the image of wrestler slamming his opponent to the mat. In most cases, it simply means that a politician makes a factually contestable assertion about someone or something he/she disagrees with. I know the term is popluar with other internet websites, but let's be more accurate on the Patch. I think we have a higher standard.
Mrs. G. June 14, 2012 at 10:48 AM
The very sad part about it, Diogenes, is that many people fell for Christie Whitman's tax cuts at the time. if I remember correctly, it put about $36.00 in my pocketbook. But, the increases in the fees charged by motor vehicles alone washed that out. (And there were numerous other costly fees.) I know this Christie talks a good talk, but I really hope people will realize that his national ambitions are what really matters to him before it is too late. He is using us to propel him into the national spotlight. Unless the people of NJ actually figure out what his proposals will do (and NOT do) for us, his tactics will work.
David Vaccaro June 14, 2012 at 11:03 AM
Dyinggenes, If you are going to ignore my answer...why not just ignore my posting. There are plenty of posters here that have the same enthusiasm that I have on the other side. It's this "fair share" nonsense that provokes me. I ask a simple question in that, "can anyone that has less than someone else claim that all those who have more should pay their fair share? Creepy Democrats do this without explaining why those they speak of owe them anything. I don't know whether you or the "creepy" Mrs. G have been noticing lately but this hate the rich mantra doesn't have quite the impact it once did. We all have to learn to live together with respect. And those who come begging, hat in hand, should be the first to stop demanding and calling names. They should also accept their lot in life as "losers" which is demonstrated by so mishandling their economics to need to come groveling.
David Vaccaro June 14, 2012 at 11:15 AM
You must be quite the perfect person, "would you please stop using the term "slams"?" This from someone who describes themselves as "Diogenes". I also love that someone who appears to have "no" standards at all, wants "higher standards". This from someone who can't see the unfairness of "unions, teachers, school districts in need" demanding more and more during a severe downturn. No...nothing unfair there. Just tax those who have and pass it along to me...Some f___king "higher standards".
David Vaccaro June 14, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Go 99er's!. Go.... get a job.
JG June 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Well said... Do the math!!! We pay a "percentage" of our income to be taxed. That process was employed "for fairness" so that ALL citizens can do their equal share to support and insure good government. Mr. G. (no relation)
Stan Walker June 14, 2012 at 12:24 PM
How pathetic that someone needed to ask the Governor about the absence of construction activity at Pomona Road and White Horse Pike while the county and township officials sat there on their thumbs. The Governor should have turned to them and put them on the spot.
galloway7757 June 14, 2012 at 04:41 PM
“As a school board we take a terrible beating from the public because of the school tax, Property owners are tired of it being on their backs.” - George Schwanger GTBOE VP You know this comment just makes me laugh my head off as the ones who suck up 66% of Galloway Township's tax bill are now claiming that they are the victims. It is also coincidental as most of the individuals on the GTBOE are senior citizens who are the ones who want to be exempt from paying taxes to the public schools. The township's public schools need to stop complaining and wake up. This all that I have heard ever since I moved to Galloway Township back in 1982. They make me so sick!!!!!
Shawn G June 14, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Its a shame! I want good schools like everyone. But 60% of my property taxes go to the schools and my kid goes to Catholic School. Meanwhile 20% goes to police, fire, ems, roads etc... and they are the services getting cut most. The system is broken in this state. I voted for this governor but its clear he is no better and tries to hide his true intentions of making the wealthy, wealthier!
Mrs. G. June 14, 2012 at 11:01 PM
My daughter went to Catholic school as well - however, the taxes we all pay go for the books the students in Catholic school use - the townships "lend" the private schools books. That usually means the public school students do not have enough books for their students. And, my daughter went on a public school bus to her Catholic school classes. As do all private school children who are within 20 MILES of their schools. Also, speech, child study team services, OT, PT, social skills, social workers and other professionals are supplied to the private schools on the taxpayers dime. This is one reason our taxes are so high - but it is not politically correct to mention that! My daughter is now a public school teacher, and my eyes are wide open. We, the taxpayers, need to be given all the information in order to understand where our property taxes go. The money to provide books to the Catholic and other religious schools is taken from the public schools. And then, these other schools say "we provide an education at a fraction of the cost than the public schools". Google it - ask questions of your local BOE, and determine for yourself where the changes need to be made.I thought I paid all of my child's tuition out of pocket, and my property taxes went only for public school expenses, NOT TRUE!
galloway7757 June 15, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Mrs. G, What on earth are you talking about!? I had to pay for my son's textbooks when I sent him to St. Augustine Prep. That and I had to pay $1,200 to bus him to/from there a year. As for my younger daughter who's in catholic grade school, the textbooks are paid by the school. Not lent to us. Yes you are right some catholic schools do get some supplies from the public schools, but the majority pay for the supplies through tuition revenue. Even with the things that catholic schools get from the public schools, it still IS FAR LESS than what the public schools get. Do catholic school teachers get paid through the taxpayers? I think not!
Mrs. G. June 15, 2012 at 01:51 AM
I live in Brick, & am certain of this. I pd.nothing for books and transportation for my child to attend St Doms.I went to Catholic school in NY in the 1970's. My parents had to pay for books & transportation. When my child had her books and door to door bus service provided for from Brick BOE, I was surprised, I also asked questions - why am I not paying extra for books and transportation like my parents did? I was told NJ the taxpayers pick up the costs - in NY, the parents pay. I was told it was NJ law to pick up the tab. Maybe you weren't even told you didn't have to pay? St. Doms did not make this very clear at first - I had to ask a lot of questions to find out the truth. I was shocked other taxpayers were paying for my child and not realizing it. Call your local BOE to get clairification as little of this funding is acknowledged. I paid full tuition for my daughter and am saying there's a lot of substizing going on, and we ALL deserve to know about it. The parents of children in my daughter's class did not seem interested in hearing this is the case. .It seems as though we don't get the credit for subsidizing private education, and blame public education for using up all the money. GOOGLE it!
Stan Walker June 15, 2012 at 01:45 PM
If what you say is true, you do get credit for subsidizing private education. If the Catholic schools all close and the students are added to the public school rolls your taxes will increase since your taxes are currently offset by the tuition and fees that the parents of Catholic school students are paying.
galloway7757 June 15, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Mrs. G, You obviously are referring to the NJ law that mandates the school districts to spend up to $884 per student for transportation. Galloway's BOE uses FAR MORE than that! That is the extent of the state law, books snd other supplies must be purchased by the parents or the catholic schools. The diocese of Trenton must work differently but definitely not the same way as you are saying. As I mentioned St. Augustine Prep makes you buy the books online through any retailer and pay $1200 in advanced for the bus. All of the other catholic schools are the same with the books and supplies. The public schools just get them through taxpayers.
Sam spade June 21, 2012 at 03:11 AM
No, you must mean FDR, not Bush. Learn some history so you don't look foolish.
Sam spade June 21, 2012 at 03:14 AM
The only fair tax is the flat tax, like they have in Pennsylvania. Everyone pays the same rate, no deductions.
David Vaccaro June 21, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Sam Spade, Drunksky meant Bush. When a Republican president chooses a nominee...that's packing the court. When a Democrat president picks a nominee...that's just filing a vacancy. These losers should come with instruction books.
Sick of crooks June 23, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Governor Christie, Senator Norcross and Senator Sweeney worked together to make deals that benefit their supporters, not you folks. Voters are just ignorant of what truly goes on behind closed doors. They are bullies and Senator Norcross runs NJ. That is how the Governor got elected. Now they have politicized education. When will we have politicians that truly govern for the people, instead of creating a class of citizens to attack like public workers.
David Vaccaro June 23, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Thao Nguyen Van also commented on Christie In Galloway: Slams Dems; Will Look Into Rest Stop Concerns. "Mrs. G, I am hopping that you will understood what I am writing about because English is my second language. Even thought, I came from a third world country, but I do believed in this country, there were no such things as, wealthy people have to sacrifice their wealth to fix somebody problems. If you wanted the money, you need to move your butt and work hard for it. Therefor, do not sitting around all day, like little kids, hopping that people will give them what they wanted, The only things you and your party(DEM) very good at are: 1) Tax ...... and more tax 2) Invent something such as: Rich people are so very evil. Therefor, they must surrender part of their evil money the to us (the DEM) so we can spend the evil money widely for the needy (pretending). Actually. they are the DEM voter base.Without them your party will be nothing 3) Sorry I have to go to work because I want a new car, so I have to work hard for it. I will talk to you a gain soon."
Maria Carvalho June 25, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Big money elected Christie, that's his master. Besides he shows no class, no finesse. We the people of NJ are just another instrument in his quest for national power. He respects money and uses voters, a true Republican thug.


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