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March 09, 2012

New Jersey Tax Cut Will Be Passed Before July, Christie Predicts

By Terrence Dopp and Elise Young

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the Republican whose state has the nation's highest taxes, predicted he and Democrats who control the Legislature will work out lower levies before July 1.

Christie, who's midway through his first term, is calling for a 10 percent income-tax cut over 36 months, which he's said is possible now that the state's "fiscal house is in order."

"We'll bring them along," Christie said yesterday of legislative Democrats. His remarks at a town-hall meeting in Florence were punctuated by a shouting match with a man opposed to the merger of Rutgers University law school with Rowan University. The man, who identified himself as William Brown, a 34-year-old Rutgers law student, was ejected by police.

New Jersey led the U.S. in combined state and local tax burden in 2009, according to the Washington-based Tax Foundation. The state also has the highest property-tax bills, an average $7,759 in 2011.

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