Members of the all-Republican township council in Medford are furious that Gov. Chris Christie is telling voters to “call their bluff” and vote down a proposed tax increase.
Officials in the South Jersey town are asking voters next month to allow the town to exceed the state's 2 percent cap on property tax hikes.
Local officials say they need to raise the town's taxes by 25 percent to keep trash collection.
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On Monday, Christie said on radio station NJ101.5's “Ask the Governor” show that voters in Medford and Lawrenceville -- the only towns with local tax referendums -- should reject them.
Medford Mayor James “Randy” Pace wrote the governor, saying the proposed tax hike is not “a political game being played to manipulate the public.”