Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen) fires the most recent volley at Farmer Scott, calling for an investigation into his suspicious-sounding farmland tax exemption:
“Scott Garrett is trying to have it both ways.” said New Jersey State Senator Paul A. Sarlo. “Garrett tells the state of New Jersey that his ‘farm’ produces more than $520 a year in income and is a separate property from his home – and as a result, he gets a tax break worth up to $41,000 a year. He then turns around and tells the federal government that he has no farm income – indeed, he tells them he owns no such property. Scott Garrett cannot have it both ways, and the New Jersey Division of Taxation needs to open an investigation to determine whether Scott Garrett is engaged in a tax evasion scheme to duck his fair share of New Jersey state taxes.”
“Ordinary taxpayers know they can’t play a ‘get out of taxes free’ card with their local assessor, and they have a right to be confident that their elected representative is no different. We need to make sure that the Wantage Township Tax Assessor is complying with the law, can justify her decision to give Scott Garrett this enormous tax break, and is not giving Garrett special treatment because he is a Congressman.”
Kudos to the Shulman campaign for continuing to press this!