Christie Gaseous – NJ Taxpayers Nauseous

On July 1, 1990 the the New Jersey sales tax increased from 6 percent to 7 percent, and was expanded to include items such as soap, detergent, toilet paper and cigarettes. Immediately afterward and for the rest of his term, then Governor Jim Florio, was excoriated.

Governor Chris Christie yesterday justified raising the gas tax by 260% effective tomorrow in conjunction with lowering the sales tax at a later date (to 6.5% as of 1/1/17 and 6% as of 1/1/18) with more of his mindless bravado and dodgy numbers:

In doing some fact checking on the claim:

In his news conference on the proposal Wednesday afternoon, Christie said the gas tax hike would cost a driver about $100 a year,€” $200 in a two-car family, ”and the sales tax would save the average household more than $400.

With some thought:

  • $100 extra on a 23 cent increase comes to buying 435 gallons per year and, assuming a 15 gallon tank, works out to 29 fill-ups and 6,525 miles of driving annually.
  • $400 savings in 2018 when the reduction is supposedly going to be fully phased in would require annual purchases subject to sales tax of $40,000.
  • If the state is going to lose $250 per family on average in taxes and not cut spending then where are they going to make up that money?

Then there was this spiel from a town hall meeting at Wall library on Tuesday with another set of dodgy numbers:

With some thought:

  • $465 savings on sales tax means $46,500 in purchases
  • 12,000 miles at 24mpg translates into 500 gallons purchased annually at an extra cost of $115
  • If the state is going to lose $465 per person on average in taxes (gas tax money being dedicated for road purposes) and not cut spending then where are they going to make up that money?

It’s spitballing and, based on past experience, we should all know where the spit is going to hit.

We may know around 11:59PM today how it plays out.  What do you think?

12 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by bpaterson on June 30, 2016 at 11:51 am

    well, he had a good 6 year run on the “no taxes will be raised” (although claim is dodgy at best). but can any other official make that claim. That makes him probably the best governor we had in the last 20 years since no one can come up with anyone better in that period. Still bottom line, the NJ govt and all its elected official suck, are self serving and could care less about the taxpayers.


  2. Posted by buddyroo on June 30, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    “It’s spitballing and, based on past experience, we should all know where the spit is going to hit.”

    It’ll come from the pension fund contribution, of course. I mean, ya gotta do something with that money, right? You don’t expect them to actually, like, deposit it in the pension fund, that wouldn’t be right! That would be breaking with years and years of hallowed budgetary tradition!


  3. Posted by George on June 30, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    Looks like fed gov is imposing a financial control board on Puerto Rico, which is not actually part of the US. I wonder if that is in the works for NJ.


  4. Posted by MJ on July 2, 2016 at 8:22 am

    I found the reaction to the Florio tax increase more interesting that this BS….the more things change the more they stay the same it would seem…politicians have nothing but contempt for the taxpayers and the taxpayers are still disgusted. Although the hike is in on hold for the moment, I have no doubt that they will not let go of the idea of having more hard earned taxpayer money to squander.


  5. Posted by Javagold on July 2, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    I find it hilarious, that both gangs of thieves basically agreed to raise the gas tax .23 (260% !!!!) but could not agree on how they were going to steal it once it was increased.

    The 260% increase is coming, unless people continue to let the gangs know that they are finished if they do increase.


  6. Posted by Anonymous on July 2, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    What if,…….increase primary co-pay to $25 and specialist to $50 or both to $35. Based on participants network usage wouldn’t that yield the savings?


  7. Posted by George on July 6, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Division of Taxation Orders Three Municipalities to Commence Property Revaluations; First Time is is Taking Such Action in 40 Years


  8. Posted by George on July 7, 2016 at 11:44 am

    No gas tax, so here’s 900 transportation projects Christie’s shutting down

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  10. Posted by George on September 30, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    The amusing part is: what if they collect less gas tax + tolls than before?

    They are raising it to 37.5 vs NY 43 and PA 51. I believe in PA and NY you pump your own gas, saving the service station the cost of some employees. So the actual price might be the same as NY and only a bit less than PA.

    Fewer miles driven in the state means less gas and toll income plus no incentive to fill up in NJ as opposed to NY and PA means it all might turn into a fiasco as revenue drops and the pols learn that % increases are not cash in hand. A recession will just make things worse.

    I wonder if people could be organized to drive the minimum amount as a protest.


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