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    Don't let Corzine fool you, He is in full support of the legislature. He puts on a show to make NJ feel confident. I judge him by his actions, not his words. His actions so far to raise and invent new taxes. Corzine is a modern day Satan. He makes speeches and performs no action except to hurt the people of N.J.

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    Default Any News?

    Whats up with the tax rebates that Corzine promised?

    PROOF: He is all words and no action.

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    Property-tax bills soar
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    TRENTON — The average property-tax bill in New Jersey topped more than $6,300 last year, a 7 percent hike over what was already the nation's highest property taxes, according to new state figures.



    Even as Gov. Jon S. Corzine and legislators spent five months last year trying to cut property taxes, the average bill rose from $5,914 in 2005 to $6,331 last year, according to numbers compiled by the state Department of Community Affairs.

    The 7 percent increase last year was a bit less than in 2005, when property taxes — used to fund most county, municipal and school operations in the state — increased 7.3 percent.

    Taxes in Middlesex County followed suit, with municipalities showing various increases, some below the state average.

    The average Garden State property-tax bill has increased from $4,961 in 2002, according to the DCA figures.

    In all, $20.9 billion in property taxes were collected in 2006 in New Jersey, where property taxes are twice the national average.

    Meanwhile Wednesday, the state released details of a 2 percent municipal-aid increase in Corzine's proposed 2008 state budget. It's the first proposed aid increase for municipalities in five years. The money is designed to help control property taxes.

    "This 2 percent aid increase for municipalities indicates Gov. Corzine's strong commitment to providing property-tax relief for the citizens of New Jersey while continuing to work toward meaningful property-tax reform," DCA Commissioner Susan Bass Levin said.

    The budget also includes a $2.3 billion plan to cut property taxes by 20 percent for most homeowners. The plan — the centerpiece of last year's reform effort — would provide a 20 percent cut to homeowners who earn up to $100,000; a 15 percent cut for homeowners who earn up to $150,000; and a 10 percent cut for homeowners who earn up to $250,000.

    In all, the plan would provide an average $1,051 tax cut for homeowners, though Corzine hasn't signed the plan into law yet.

    Renters would also see tax help increased, with some getting more than four times as much property-tax relief as they got last year.

    Under Corzine's budget plan, renters who earn up to $20,000 would get $350; up to $35,000 would get $300; up to $50,000 would get $200; and up to $100,000 would get $80.

    Senior-citizen renters who earn up to $70,000 would get $860, up from $825 last year. Senior citizens who earn up to $100,000 would get $160.

    Last year, all non-senior-citizen renters received a $75 check from the state.

    Contributing: Staff writer Gene Racz

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    U.S. attorney subpoenas governor's office over budget documents

    (02/28/07) TRENTON - Governor Jon Corzine’s (D-NJ) office received a subpoena from the U.S. Attorney’s Office Wednesday for its budget documents.

    The subpoena is the latest in a round of subpoenas from federal investigators looking into the state’s budget development since 2004. A Corzine spokesman says the records requested from the governor’s office span the administrations of Democrats James McGreevey, Richard Codey and Corzine.

    On February 16, the U.S. attorney subpoenaed documents from legislative leaders and their staff offices. Federal investigators were seeking information on grants that have been placed in the budget without public review just before the budget is adopted.




    http://www.news12.com/NJ/topstories/article?id=190581

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    Hi ilovenj, It is searious business when subpoenas are served and especially when they concern the budget. It looks as if the funds were not properly used. If the public could not view them there must be something to hide. This should be interesting. When are we going to get leaders that have nothing to hide? Marianita

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    Default N.J. Gov. Asked to Turn Over Budget Docs

    TRENTON, N.J., Mar. 1, 2007
    By TOM HESTER Jr. Associated Press Writer
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    (AP) Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed budget documents from Gov. Jon S. Corzine's office in their investigation of the state's spending plan.

    The grand jury subpoenas went to record custodians in the governor's office and his chief counsel's office, requesting "any and all documents" relating to grants that have typically been placed in the budget without public review just before the spending plan is adopted.

    Corzine spokesman Anthony Coley confirmed Wednesday that the office had received the subpoena.


    Prosecutors want documents, including e-mails, relating to budgets dating to 2004, a period that spans the administrations of Democrats James E. McGreevey, Richard J. Codey and Corzine.

    The documents are to be provided by March 8 to the U.S. attorney's office in Newark.

    "We will cooperate fully in this matter," said David Wald, spokesman for state Attorney General Stuart Rabner.

    A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie declined to comment on Wednesday. Christie has repeatedly declined to discuss the inquiry, which so far has resulted in no indictments.

    Federal investigators also subpoenaed documents from the Treasury Department, Department of Community Affairs, and Democratic and Republican legislative leaders on how the last three state budgets have been finalized.

    The grants, commonly known as "Christmas tree items," are originated by lawmakers, but the governor approves them when signing the budget legislation.

    The current $30.8 billion state budget, adopted last July, contained numerous last-minute add-ons from members of the majority Democratic Party. Corzine allowed them after a budget dispute that closed state government for a week and resulted in $1.8 billion in tax increases.

    State Republican Chairman Tom Wilson said Christie's investigation "now touches the very pinnacle of the Democratic Party in New Jersey, Gov. Jon Corzine."

    Wilson noted Republicans urged Corzine last year to veto the grants added to the budget by lawmakers, but alleged he instead "joined the back room cabal and signed the budget."

    "Gov. Corzine talks about cleaning up government and restoring trust, but that's all he does," Wilson said. "It's time for him to do more than just talk."

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    Default FBI Legislative Corruption Probe Leads To Subpoena Of Records In N.J. Gov.'s Office

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    TRENTON, N.J. - In a rare move by federal investigators, subpoenas were served on the office of New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine Wednesday as part of an ongoing corruption probe. "We have received them," Corzine spokesman Anthony Coley said.

    Newschannel 4 has learned a single FBI agent served the papers.

    It's the latest round of subpoenas from federal investigators who on Feb. 16 subpoenaed documents from Democratic and Republican legislative leaders and their staff offices on how the last three state budgets have been finalized.

    Coley said the subpoenas seek information about grants included in budgets dating back to 2004.

    That would span the administrations of Democrats James E. McGreevey, Richard J. Codey and Corzine.

    The grants, commonly known as "Christmas tree items," typically have been placed in the budget without public review just before the spending plan is adopted. The grants stem from lawmakers, but the governor approves them when signing the budget legislation.

    The current $30.8 billion state budget, adopted last July, contained numerous last-minute add-ons put in by members of the controlling Democratic Party. Corzine allowed those add-ons after a budget dispute closed state government for a week and taxes were increased by about $1.8 billion.

    Coley said the administration will cooperate with the request, and Corzine has asked Attorney General Stuart Rabner to oversee compliance, along with his chief counsel's office.

    The U.S. Attorney's Office subpoenaed documents from the state Treasury Department and Senate Democrats last year as part of an inquiry into Sen. Wayne Bryant, D-Camden. Bryant has been under investigation by federal authorities looking into his role at the Stratford campus of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, in Camden County.

    In September, a federal monitor asked by the U.S. attorney to review activities at UMDNJ issued a report stating Bryant received a no-work job at the school while helping to steer state funding to it through his role as Senate budget chairman.

    After that report, state and federal authorities subpoenaed records about Bryant from Gloucester County and Rutgers University -- where Bryant also held jobs -- and the state Legislature. Bryant later resigned from his seat as influential Senate budget chairman.

    Michael Drewniak, spokesman for U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie, declined to comment on Wednesday.

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    Default NJ corruption inquiries - What does it all mean?

    Subpoenas are flying. Legislators are being questioned. Republicans are crying foul and Democrats are calling for cooler heads. It's been a whirlwind 3 weeks at the top levels of New Jersey government, with allegations aplenty as the U.S. Attorney's Office collects documents related to a key Camden County senator and his influence over the New Jersey budget. But what does all the legal jargon and political posturing mean? I am going to try and help everyone understand what is truely going on.

    Q: Who's received a subpoena?
    A: Legislative leaders in both political parties and staff offices, the Treasury Department and the Office of Legislative Services, known as OLS.

    Q: OLS? That sounds like bureaucratic gibberish. What is that?
    A: A nonpartisan research and legal agency that works for the Legislature. Staffers are prohibited from political activity and duties include bill drafting, legal opinions and handling public information.

    Q: What's a subpoena?
    A: A written command from a court requiring anyone or any group to, among other things, appear in court or present documents. They are used to collect evidence and testimony, but also to protect potential evidence from being destroyed.

    Q: So what's this inquiry about?
    A: Apparently how state money is directed and spent.

    Q: Who is this key senator?
    A: Wayne Bryant, of Lawnside, held huge sway as Senate budget chairman and raised eyebrows by simultaneously working as a senator, at a private law firm, at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), Gloucester County and Rutgers-Camden Law School.

    Q: So what?
    A: In September, as part of an inquiry into UMDNJ, a federal monitor alleged Bryant got a no-work job at the school while helping steer state money to it. Federal investigators then subpoenaed data about Bryant from various agencies, and he resigned as Senate budget chairman.

    Q: Any other legislators involved in this?
    A: Four legislators voluntarily answered questions about Bryant in December by federal authorities who wanted to know how state funding was decided and how Bryant helped. The legislators said they cooperated and haven't heard again from authorities on the matter.

    Q: What's the status of that inquiry?
    A: The U.S. Attorney's Office and Legislative Services met in a closed federal court session, apparently to discuss whether Legislative Services had to turn over documents related to Bryant. Legislative Services doesn't want to give over the records because it contends New Jersey law makes communications between legislators and Legislative Services confidential.

    Q: What happened in the hearing?
    A: No one will say. It involves a grand jury, which is a secret process.

    Q: What's a grand jury?
    A: A group of citizens called to consider criminal allegations presented by prosecutors. They determine if there's probable cause to believe a person committed a crime.

    Q: This doesn't sound so big if it involves one legislator?
    A: Republicans think otherwise. They are pushing Democrats who control the Legislature to make Legislative Services turn over the documents. Democrats have resisted, saying that Legislative Services believes communications with lawmakers are secret under the constitution.

    Q: Did that put an end to it?
    A: Tthe U.S. Attorney's Office subpoenaed documents about the state budget dating back to 2004 from top legislators and Democratic and Republican offices. That indicates that either the Bryant inquiry has widened or a separate, broader investigation has begun.

    Q: What are they looking for?
    A: Likely whether legislators personally benefited from grants typically slipped into the budget just before it's adopted, so there's no public review.

    Q: When will we know the outcome?
    A: Nothing may happen. If something does it could be months from now. Such investigations typically take time.

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    I was wondering if anyone watches Power and Politics on News 12 New Jersey.
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    Default NJ budget does not fix tax problems

    We now know what Gov. Corzine's much ballyhooed increase in state aid to municipalities and schools plus the Legislature's "bold and courageous tax reform" efforts have yielded. Squat! After much fanfare and public posturing, the Legislature has given birth to a rewrite of the existing rebate program with highly questionable results for the overburdened taxpayers of New Jersey. The governor has trumpeted his budgeted increase in state aid. I have crunched the numbers.

    The governor's budgeted aid increase of 2 percent for municipalities and 3 percent for schools, when applied to the 2006 taxes in Hunterdon, where I live, would yield a net tax reduction of $55 or less than 1 percent of my 2006 taxes. Notice that the governor's aid increase does not reduce taxes by 2 or 3 percent but is an increase in the aid amount, a much smaller number than the amount to be raised by taxes. I have already addressed the importance of the "reform" legislation enacted by the Democrats, who control the legislature, in an earlier blog entry. Many of us can expect to receive checks for amounts that are close to what we received last year under the now defunct "Saver" program.

    Meanwhile, if I'm not mistaken, our friends in Trenton have quietly shoved a big chunk of the obligation for contributions to the public employee retirement fund off onto the municipalities. That new drain on the municipal coffers means an increase in our property taxes. As a result, Trenton's actions have actually created a net increase in our property taxes. Plus, we now have the highest sales tax in the nation. It is hard to find words strong enough to express an appropriate condemnation of those responsible for this egregious affront to our wallets and intelligence. I'm mad and I believe that every taxpayer in New Jersey should be too.

    The only effective response that we can make is to vote the Democrats out. We probably can't get rid of the ringleaders from Essex, Hudson and Camden counties but we can deprive them of majority rule. These people are killing this state economically. Our window of opportunity to do something effective is closing. Once they sell the state's assets, there will not be anything to do but raise taxes some more. That will accelerate the state's decline.

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    Just to let everyone know - the posts concerning the Carla Katz and Jon Corzine money issue are now moved to their own thread - "Carla Katz and Jon Corzine". Since this story is getting bigger and bigger I felt it was warranted for it to get it's own thread. Please discuss any relationship issues between those two in that thread. Let's keep this thread discussing Corzine and his taxes.

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    What is with the Property tax reform?
    Proof: Corzine is all words, no action.

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    Hi ilovenj, What has happened to the property tax reform? Well, it has been put on the back burner because of Corzines little deal with Katz. Marianita

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    Perhaps we should autopsy property tax reform to determine what killed it. By real reform I mean more than the stop-gap measure that is in the works. Yes, the special interest groups played a part in the downfall of this last attempt to curve the runaway costs of living in NJ. It was naive to think that the Governor and legislature could pass a tax reform package that would really give New Jersey an overhaul especially this close to an election year. That legislators could or would police themselves and end practices that drain the state's revenues, well we got a clue when they balked at changing rules that allow dual office holding, seems just plain wishful thinking. Instead in a slight of hand move unionized workers' benefits and pension plans became the fall guys. Legislators can continue to hold down two positions in state government and in effect rob state revenues that double benefits without demanding any real work.

    Is it any real surprise that the legislature will pass only about half of the 98 special committee's recommendations? Not really. Blame the special interest groups for trying to prevent their membership from having to bear the brunt of the reform effort, blame the Governor for hearing the pleas of the people and calling a special session of the legislature, blame New Jersey residents for wanting lower taxes in the first place; but, whatever we do, don't blame the legislators themselves who gave up the fight for real tax reform before the first bill got drafted.

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    Thumbs down Corzine Taxes

    Implementing tax reform is only as effective as the one doing the implementing. As you know Corzine likes to tax everything he can and he has a nice income so why should he concern himself with the people who don't? There may be some pretense that he cares but he has already proven himself. The bottom line is that the taxes are still high and nothing has been done about it. Maianita

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    Here is some news from the Tribune as regards our governor.
    Corzine is proposing to require poor and disabled people covered by medicaid health insurance program to begin the following co-pays: $2.00 for prescription drugs capped at $10.00 a month per beneficiary, $2.00 for prescrription drugs capped at $10.00 a month per beneficiary, $3.00 hospital outpatient services for men and non pregnant women, $6.00 for unecessary emergency room visits, ( what if the doctor is too busy to see them?), capped at$12.00 a month per beneficiary, $3.00 for medical day care.

    Corzine is running true to form. This is an attack on needy people. A few dollars can be alot to some people. Let's vote him out. marianita

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    Default Barnegat Tax Increase

    I know most of you who will read this don’t care that the taxes on my second home on the water in Barnegat increased, but I will post it anyway.

    The house is on the water it is a wonderful location, it’s new and I built it myself starting in 2002 and finishing the middle of 2004. Once I received the CO my home was assessed by the tax assessor and I began paying $8,500.00 per year. I thought this was a lot of money for 2,100 sq. ft. 4 bedrooms; 2 baths; eat in kitchen and family room home. Keep in mind this is a 2nd home so my children are not in the school system, but I felt that was the price you pay for living on the water.

    Then last night I receive the mail which includes November 2007 through November 2008 tax bill. Last years taxes November 2006 through November 2007 were $8,945.00 this coming year taxes are $13,213.00 per year.

    This is no longer the cost to live on the water this is the cost for municipal miss-management. Someone needs to be held accountable and explain how taxes assessed in 2004 (a member from the tax assessors office came into my house with a ruler, pad and pencil) when housing prices were at there peak must explain how a tax increase of nearly 50% is justifiable. Someone from the state needs to investigate this matter and any present member of the Barnegat town government MUST not be re-elected.

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    Welcome Barnegat Fred!

    Actually I do care. One of the terrible things about owning a second home is that you don't get to vote in the local elections, even though what the politicians do does affect you. You own a house, but have no say in the way the local government runs. Most homes on the Jersey Shore are part time or second homes. I would be interested in seeing what percentage are permanent homes and can vote in the local elections.

    One of the key causes of property taxes are the small municipalities which cost so much money to administer. Look at Seaside Heights and Seaside Park - do they really need TWO different police departments with all the overhead that incurs? Until people demand consolidation of their towns and shared services, property taxes will never go down. One of the reasons the politicians are so against consolidation is because they will lose their fiefdom. New Jersey is made up of numerous fiefdoms and they are protected at all costs by the politicians, administrators, school superintendents and police chiefs at all cost - at the detriment of the New Jersey tax payer. But then again, it doesn't seem like most politicians in New Jersey really care about the tax payers when you look at the amount of corruption going on in the state and how frequently they work to line their pockets. As far as what is required for lower property taxes are concerned - why would they support consolidation when it possibly means the lose of their jobs?

    New Jerseyans have to start demanding the trimming of government and consolidation of our towns.
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    Could part of the Tax increase be for the New High School that opened?
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    Corzine - who spends a lot of time hopping around with his NY & celebritie buddies (just follow him in the NY Post's Page 6) - is determined to sell the NJ highways to a private interest and have his pals at Goldman Sachs broker the deal - sometimes you stop hearing about this issue but it is not going away - and now he is looking into the mess in Atlantic City as a reason to either A: squeeze more money out of the casinos who are getting hit by the competition in Connecticut and PA and B: take over the city
    He is using NJ as a money stream for his buddies in the financial district and to try to leverage himself into a presidential run somewhere down the line. When is NJ going to wise up and get us a governor and state house who will kick out the moochers and leeches and put NJ back where it was when we had NO state sales tax, decent schools and high prosperity?

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