Scumbag Politician Chronicles

Sundown (and a Friday) before a major Jewish holiday so what better time to stick it to New Jerseyans? Three months ago they floated this scheme and now it looks like a done deal.

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.

10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by skip3house on September 30, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Wealthy care little about taxes that poorer also equally pay. It is progressive tax they fear income….


  2. Posted by dentss dunnigan on October 1, 2016 at 6:11 am

    As I understand this it’s not a 23c raise it’s a 12% raise on 2 dollar gas it’s 23c increase now on 2 dollar gas at 3 bucks it’s a 36c increase at 4 it’s 48c plus that on top of 14c existing tax ….so worst case would be 4 bucks gas 48c plus 14 tax =62c gas tax .If we ever get back to that our economy will be DOA


    • Posted by dentss dunnigan on October 1, 2016 at 11:02 am

      That first 100K exemption for retirees could be a game changer to keep seniors in the state along with the phase out of estate tax ….


      • Posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2016 at 11:28 am

        Be sure to let PSD know so he doesn’t hastily list his house. I hear they’re selling like hot cakes!


      • Posted by George on October 1, 2016 at 1:40 pm

        “game changer to keep seniors in the state”

        Other than getting re elected and perhaps being nice is that a good business decision. Seniors use expensive medical services and are unproductive, and don’t pay taxes. So purely as a business decision why encourage them to be in NJ, which I admit is not a nice thing to say or likely to win votes?

        There is no game changer, each year they will have to raise taxes to pay ever increasing numbers of retirees. So the tax breaks will be temporary. It seems obvious to me that they needed to raise the gas tax to pay the pension benefits.

        I doubt the gas plus toll collections will improve much. The innumerate will learn that you can’t bank percent taxes on transactions that do not occur, but I am speculating.


        • Posted by dentss dunnigan on October 1, 2016 at 3:22 pm

          The politicians don’t do anything just to be nice ,my guess is they realize retirees fleeing in droves ,and in spite of their best productive years behind them they put less of a burden on towns but pay for a lot that don’t presently use ,schools,playgrounds ….police force …outside of a ambulance ride they really are a low maintenance group .If you think about the people that will but their homes will be high maintenance with kids school buses ,the state is experiancing high drug usage amongst kids The only senior citizen town I know of had to disperse their police force and join in with another town…Ocean Grove…keep the seniors happy and they spend locally restaurants ( over 60% of high end restaurants are patronized by seniors )most if driving buy a new car every few years and help with the grand children’s school …I think it was a smart move that was bought cheaply enough..


  3. Posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2016 at 1:30 pm

  4. Posted by truthnolie on October 2, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Retirement exclusion on retirement/pension income……hee hee hee……I’m as giddy as a schoolgirl…..LOL……Y’know…..I may just hang around this jerkwater state for a little while longer……I do feel a bit now like Nero fiddling away as Rome burns but, when in Rome……


    • Posted by Anonymous on October 2, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      Truthnolie, any inside updates on potential P&B reforms or judicial activity?


      • Posted by truthnolie on October 3, 2016 at 12:03 pm

        Nope…..all quiet on the front at this point but supposedly the scum in Trenton wants to get another “task force” together to look at pension & healthcare reforms again……you know, the same joke of an investigation that resulted in a 100+ page report last time (only a year or so ago) that could’ve been summed up in a single sentence: “Screw the public worker”. So…more money will be thrown at this with the same exact result…..I guess they need stuff to occupy their time and justify their unneeded existence, redoing a study that was just done.


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