Christie’s successor will face budget challenges

Christie’s successor will face budget challenges

Published March 04, 2017
Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. –  Republican Chris Christie’s final budget as New Jersey governor has not yet passed through the Democrat-controlled Legislature, but already fiscal woes that could result in program cutbacks or higher taxes are on the horizon for whoever who succeeds him.

Christie unveiled a $35.5 billion […]

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If your property tax bill is mind-blowingly high, just be thankful you don’t live in New Jersey, oh you do !

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Think Your Property Taxes Are High? See the Most—and Least—Expensive States

New Jersey is the state with the highest property taxes in the nation

By Clare Trapasso | Mar 2, 2017

If your property tax bill is mind-blowingly high, just be thankful you don’t live in New Jersey. And if you do, well, that’s […]

By |March 5th, 2017|village of ridgewood|0 Comments

N.J.’s top pensions adviser: 5 ways to cut property taxes

Updated February 27, 2017
Posted February 27, 2017

Property taxes in New Jersey are the highest in the nation. Since 2000, they have doubled and have risen at over twice the rate of inflation. No wonder people are forced to move; no wonder we have the highest foreclosure rate in the nation.

Property taxpayers suffer because raising this […]

By |February 28th, 2017|village of ridgewood|1 Comment

Airbnb: Why a fair tax plan for short-term home renters is good for N.J

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Posted on February 25, 2017 at 10:37 AM

By Star-Ledger Guest Columnist

By Josh Meltzer

In the coming-of-age movie “Garden State,” Zach Braff’s character Andrew Largeman bemoans the disorienting feeling of lacking a home:

“You’ll see one day when you move out…You feel like you can never get it back. It’s like you feel homesick for a place […]

By |February 26th, 2017|village of ridgewood|6 Comments

NJ property tax appeals down more than half in 3 years

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By Michael Symons February 19, 2017 7:00 PM

Property tax appeals in New Jersey fell for the fourth straight year in 2016 to their lowest level since 2008, an indication people were less stressed about the value of their homes and, by extension, the condition of the overall economy.

However, the number of appeals, 49,286, remained […]

By |February 20th, 2017|village of ridgewood|0 Comments

7 reasons why N.J.’s property taxes are highest in U.S. again

Updated February 18, 2017
Posted February 18, 2017
By Susan K. Livio | NJ Advance Media for

With the Governor and the entire Legislature on the ballot this election year, New Jerseyans will likely hear numerous politicians promise to reduce their especially high property tax bills.

We pay among the highest property taxes in the nation. Last year, […]

By |February 19th, 2017|village of ridgewood|1 Comment

Corzine 2.0 Phil Murphy Goes Commie

Phil Murphy Hits NJ Campaign Stops Alongside Bernie’s Son, Levi Sanders

By PolitickerNJ Staff • 02/12/17 11:30am

“It is critical we elect progressives like Phil at all levels of government,” asserted Levi Sanders, the son of 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The appearance of Sanders yesterday at a pair of campaign events, helped Phil Murphy accomplish two […]

By |February 14th, 2017|village of ridgewood|1 Comment

N.J. bill would fund sanctuary cities denied federal dollars by Trump

James — you should post this and then seek comment from the progressive Clinton/Gottheimer fans. How much are they willing to pay Hudson County over and beyond the Abbott money already going there?

By Steve Strunsky | NJ Advance Media for
on February 07, 2017 at 8:06 PM, updated February 08, 2017 at 9:27 AM


By |February 8th, 2017|Bergen County|2 Comments

New Jersey tax collections still struggling to reach pre-recession levels


New Jersey is one of 23 states still trying to boost its tax revenue levels to pre-recession levels, according to a Pew Charitable Trust report.

At its peak, the fourth quarter of 2007, the state took in $8.7 billion in revenue. It hit a low point at the end of 2011, with only […]

By |February 7th, 2017|Trenton|3 Comments

Cigarette Taxes and Cigarette Smuggling by State, 2014

Tax policies sometimes have unintended consequences that outweigh their benefits.One consequence of high state cigarette taxes is increased smuggling. People procure discounted packs from low-tax states to sell in high-tax states.

January 17, 2017


Scott Drenkard,
Joseph Henchman

FISCAL FACT No. 537: Cigarette Taxes and Cigarette Smuggling by State, 2014 (PDF)

Key Findings:

Excessive tax rates on cigarettes approach de […]

By |January 21st, 2017|Bergen County|0 Comments