More harsh truth from America's Most Beloved Governor. Most illuminating near the end how the Democrats tried to roll him but he didn't take the bait. Now wonder people love this guy.
CAVUTO: This invariably leads to folks saying you side with the rich, when you…vetoed a millionaires tax actually would have affect those earning as little as $400,000. It was immediately met with you in pride that you were on the side of fat cats. The New Jersey Education Association president said: “The choice could not be more stark, tax cuts for millionaires or full school funding for New Jersey kids.”You can see parts 2 and 3 on the interview here.
CHRISTIE: Well, let’s be clear, the millionaires tax, as they called it, was allowed to expire by Governor Jon Corzine and the Democrats in the legislature in December of last year, before I was even governor. And what I said was, if they wanted to pass that tax, it was their choice to extend this tax. They chose not to, because they wanted to play politics. And they thought, wait, we can get a twofer here, you know. We can raise the taxes and get more money to spend, to expand our programs and we can force the governor to do something we know he doesn’t want to do and said he won’t do, which is raise taxes on anyone in New Jersey. And I said to them, you made your choice. You don’t want to take the revenue when you had a governor who would sign it, you’re not going to get it now, because raising taxes on businesses in New Jersey, which that would have done, any division within New Jersey, is not what’s going to make our private sector grow. We already have the worst tax burden of any citizens in America, when you combine all of our taxes. So raising taxes on anybody, because believe me, today, they’re going to raise taxes on those people, next year they’ll come back and raise taxes on somebody else. And then it’s going to get into your pocket. So I’m going to have stay on the line and say, no, we can do this by cutting spending and reducing the size of government. That’s what I was committed to doing. All these other things are just politics and false choices. And I think they thought that a governor like Jon Corzine, who, when they pushed, I would fall over. They misevaluated this governor.