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 back on June 30 justified raising the gas tax by 260% effective July 1 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:
This time around that sales tax would decrease 6.875% in 2017 and 6.625% in 2018. Extrapolating on that June claim Christie said the gas tax hike would cost a driver about $100 a year, $200 in a two-car family, and the amended sales tax would then save the average household $150.
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.
- $150 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.
- So using the state’s numbers it is a wash.
Then there was this spiel from a town hall meeting at Wall library in June with another set of dodgy numbers:
More video with more dodgy numbers sure to follow though it is questionable whether anything will be enough to get the impeachment train rolling considering the sheeple here with wallets open willing to fuel this circus. Even this:
And in one revelation striking to the depth of the relationship between the two former classmates from Livingston, Wildstein confirmed that Christie disclosed grand jury information in a State House meeting about police leadership at the Port Authority.