TURNER STATEMENT ON CHRISTIE’S VETO OF EITC

Senator Shirley K. Turner (D-Mercer)

TRENTON — Senator Shirley K. Turner (D-Mercer/Hunterdon) issued the following statement today regarding Governor Christie’s veto of a measure that would have restored the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to 25 percent of the federal credit amount:

“The Governor’s veto is not only disappointing, it is absolutely shameful. Governor Christie cut the EITC to 20 percent of the federal credit amount four years ago, balancing the budget on the backs of New Jersey’s struggling working families who live in poverty. These families rely on every cent they earn to keep their children fed and a roof over their heads. The EITC is a refundable tax credit that provides extra income to working poor families to help make ends meet. They use it to help pay for food, clothing, rent, electricity, gas, and other necessities. The money that these families spend helps strengthen our local economy.

“The Governor once again has sided with the state’s millionaires instead of standing up for New Jersey’s working poor families who live hand to mouth. Unlike this governor, we will continue to fight for the working poor, and this fight is not over.”