The Greatest Lie in New Jersey

Oh, how Chris Christie hates taxing the poor, pathetic millionaires of Jersey! I mean he, really, really hates taxing these affluent but still pitiful souls! Which is why he will veto a millionaires tax again, just like he did the last time. Because our problem isn’t taxes – it’s spending!

New Jersey does not have a tax problem. That we don’t have enough tax revenue. We have a spending and size of government problem and we need to start saying “no.” And, today is another one of those examples of saying “no.”

Well, if square-shootin’, straight-talkin’, plain-spoken man-of-the-people Chris Christie says so, it must be true, right?

Wrong:

Spending burden is total state and local government spending as a share of total state personal income.

NJ Rank: 40

Sorry, folks – looks like we let some facts intrude on a nice bit of demagoguery. Let’s try that again:

Local government revenue tells only part of the story. If one looks at total state and local revenue from their own sources as a percent of residents’ personal income, New Jersey ranks 31st in the country – i.e., in the lower half of states.

New Jersey’s income tax revenue ranks 20th in the country as a share of residents’ personal income, while its sales tax revenue ranks 38th and its excise taxes rank 45th. In addition, New Jersey and its localities impose few fees or charges for services, ranking 48th in the country.

When you’re a high-income state, you pay more in taxes per capita; but that doesn’t make you a high-tax state or a high-spending state relative to income.

And since we’re a bedroom community, our residents pay a lot of taxes to New York or Pennsylvania. Can’t exactly blame New Jersey policies for those.

Of course, the entire premise of Christie’s argument against the millionaire’s tax is that the wealthy will flee if we raise taxes on them. Too bad that just isn’t true. Of course, in New Jersey, if you don’t like the facts as the are, you can simply make up your own – if you are the governor.

Comments (5)

  1. huntsu

    We need to take a look at our redundant municipalities like Princeton Borough and Township did.  And also move certain functions from the towns to the counties (property tax collection comes to mind).  Then we could be 42 (the answer to the life, universe and everything!).

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  2. 12mileseastofTrenton

    was some $5 billiion lower than the FY ’08 budget.  Some 15% lower spending than four years ago!  And spending has declined each of the last four fiscal years.

    If the New Jersey budget has a “problem,” it is a revenue problem, not a spending problem.

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  3. sandinbrick

    I get so angry at Christie. I know the Republicans are a little worried. Got a phone call the other night, I live in Brick Township. The Dems took the Rethugs out to dry. He wanted to find out why. I said, I don’t like dirty laundry and I really don’t like what Christie is up to. Like being nasty to teachers and his consituents. He is like all GOP govenors. Privatizing everything, so that we all work for minimim wage, while the Banks and rich people get the breaks. Thanks Jersey Jazzman, when I get on Klout, I will give you +K for teacher, politics, Christie.  

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