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What the Democrats -- and Christie -- Say About the Assembly’s TTF Plan

Dueling press conferences and divergent views about the proposed sales tax cut and what it means to NJ

A loose coalition of Democrats and their allies are having none of it: The “it” in this case being the Christie-Prieto bailout plan for the Transportation Trust Fund, the one that balances a 23-cent hike in the gas tax with a 1 percent cut in the state sales tax.

And they made their views plain in a surprisingly relaxed press conference.

It’s not that they think all that highly of the Senate’s TTF plan, but they argue that a bad plan is better than an awful one.

The group includes Sens. Loretta Weinberg and Ray Lesniak, and Assemblyman John Wisniewski.

Catching wind of the press conference, Gov. Chris Christie called one of his own, where he railed against what he sees as the Democrat’s duplicity.

“These are the same people … who are for a $3 billion tax increase on a pension amendment … So, they’re complaining about a $1.3 billion tax cut while they’re advocating for a $3 billion increase in spending by the state. That kind of hypocrisy is no surprise in Trenton but is one that needs to be pointed out,” Christie said.

Read the full story on NJTV News Online, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.

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