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Sweeney To Host Town Hall Meeting In Camden County To Discuss Middle Class Property Tax Relief Plan

Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester), Majority Leader-Elect Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) and Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) during a news conference in the State House Annex today joined with marriage equality advocates in announcing legislation to fully recognize same-sex unions as “marriage” under state law will be introduced in the new session as S-1, making it the Senate’s first order of business.

TRENTON – Continuing Democrats’ effort to bring real property tax relief to middle class New Jersey, Senate President Steve Sweeney will host a town hall meeting next Monday, April 2nd at Camden County College. The event will take place in the CIM Auditorium, 200 College Drive in Blackwood and will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Earlier this month, Democrats unveiled a proposal that would reduce by 10 percent the property tax burden of New Jerseyans earning less than $250,000 a year. Renters would receive $200 a year after full phase in of the plan.

Under the plan, a family earning the state’s median income of $69,811 with property taxes at the state average of $7,758.20 would save $775.82 under the Senate proposal. Under the governor’s proposed income tax scheme, they would save just $97.78; meanwhile a millionaire would get a $7,265.75 tax break and those earning $3 million would save $25,200 a year.

“Middle class families in New Jersey are looking for relief from their property taxes, not their income taxes. Governor Christie’s priorities are simply out of touch. Our plan provides direct relief to the folks in New Jersey who need it the most. That relief is critical now more than ever, especially because we are paying 20 percent more in property taxes under this governor,” said Sweeney.

“Our first town hall in Lawrenceville was a tremendous success, and we did not have to call anyone an ‘idiot’ or pick a fight with a constituent to bring attention to it. We also make sure to hold ours in the evening so that working folks and those with child care issues have a better opportunity to attend. These meetings are not only a great way to provide details of our plan, but to hear directly from the public on what they think and what is impacting their lives. I encourage as many residents as possible to come, gather information, ask questions and find out which plan is better for them,” said Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg.

The meeting is open to the public and press. Future meeting dates and locations will be announced in the coming weeks. For further details on the Senate Democrats’ plan to reduce the property tax burden on middle class New Jersey, please visit

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