Three years running!
N.J. residents were highest-taxed in U.S. in 2009.
Gov. Chris Christie has pledged to change New Jersey’s reputation for high taxes. Judging by a report released Wednesday by the Washington, D.C.-based Tax Foundation, the state has a long way to go.
New Jersey residents were the highest-taxed in the country in 2009, giving 12.2 percent of their income to state and local taxes.
Wednesday’s report covers former Gov. Jon Corzine’s last full year in office, and it was New Jersey’s third consecutive year with the dubious honor.
But there is a glimmer of good news. We went from dead last in business tax climate to #48. With a bullet...
Anybody still think we don't pay enough to support the public employee unions?
Christie's office had this to say:
"The failed model of past administrations and the legislatures put an incredible burden on families," Christie spokesman Kevin Roberts said. "Governor Christie has taken us in a different direction by enforcing fiscal discipline, reducing taxes to create jobs, spending only what we have — and refusing to go back to the well of our overburdened taxpayers."
Monmouth County Republican Declan O'Scanlon (R-12) weighed in as well:
Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) said the ranking is no surprise to residents. "This past decade, the answer to everything was more taxes and more spending," he said. "That’s what we are determined to change."
Determined. That's a good word.