Kane In Your Corner gives Christie's budget the 'truth test'
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) signed his first state budget into law today and Kane In Your Corner found he kept most of the promises he made about the budget. The investigation looked into his promises about cutting spending, the "millionaire's tax," property taxes and taking on state workers.
In February, the governor vowed to cut spending "from every corner of state government." Christie did cut spending and his budget is the lowest since Democrat Jim McGreevey was governor of the Garden State. Gov. Christie was adamant that he would veto any attempt to have a "millionaire's tax" in the state, which he did. Polls, however, show most New Jersey residents think it was a mistake. An analysis of the budget also shows there aren't broad tax increases, but some homeowners will pay higher taxes because Christie got rid of rebates. The governor says he will provide tax credits beginning next year. He also took on state workers by cutting benefits for future employees. The governor made a promise to sign a bill capping property tax increases at 2.5 percent, which lawmakers did not pass. He has called lawmakers back to Trenton for a special session on the issue starting Thursday.