By Ryan McNeely
The conservative movement is enamored with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, calling him the next Reagan and suggesting that he run for President in 2012. And in fact, though former Gov. Corzine was very unpopular, Christie managed to pick up the governorship of my home state while maintaining orthodox conservative views — no small feat in a state that went for Barack Obama by over 15 points.
So why do conservatives have Christie-mania? Probably because he puts the interests of multi-millionaires ahead of the well-being of low-income seniors.
Democrats want to re-impose a one-year tax on millionaires that has been vetoed by Republican Governor Chris Christie. The 10.75 percent tax on income above $1 million would hit 16,000 people, some of them likely to work as financial professionals just across the Hudson River in New York.
According to the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services, a retired couple living on a fixed income of $40,000 would see an increase of $1,320 in taxes under the governor’s plan while a family making $1.2 million would receive a tax cut of $11,598.
Here is yet another example of a conservative talking about budget deficits when he doesn’t actually care about deficits. Christie has steadfastly refused to raise any taxes to help close the NJ budget shortfall, which at 37.4% is the second-worst in the nation behind Nevada.
The Democratically-controlled legislature failed to override the veto, as every single Republican legislator voted against the millionaires tax. But at the very least this exposes what the modern conservative movement is really about — protecting the wealthiest .2% of New Jerseyans at the expense of the most vulnerable.