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Murphy: Can't solve all of NJ's problems 'in one day'

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Governor Phil Murphy swears in Mayor Chuck Chiarello and delivers remarks at the New Jersey Conference of Mayors where he encouraged Mayors to preserve property tax deduction, at the Masonic Temple in Trenton in New Jersey on Thursday, February 8th, 2018.
Governor Phil Murphy swears in Mayor Chuck Chiarello and delivers remarks at the New Jersey Conference of Mayors where he encouraged Mayors to preserve property tax deduction, at the Masonic Temple in Trenton in New Jersey on Thursday, February 8th, 2018. - ()

Gov. Phil Murphy acknowledged Thursday implementing his ambitious progressive agenda for the state might take some time.

“We simply can’t release decades of built up pressure in one day or perhaps even in one year,” Murphy told the gathering at the winter summit for the New Jersey Conference of Mayors in Trenton.

NJCM is made up of over 60 mayors across the state from different regions and political parties. The organization seeks to create a line of communication with state and federal legislatures with local municipalities in the state.

Chuck Chiarello, president of NJCM and Mayor of Buena Vista Township, said a sitting governor had not attended a summit hosted by the organization in six years.

“I hope this is the beginning of more open communication and give-and-take among the chief executives of our communities in our state,” Murphy said.

The governor’s comments to the mayors reiterated his interest in “honest conversations” about accomplishing property tax relief, closing tax loopholes for the wealthy and creating a “stronger and fairer” economy with support from both political parties.

Murphy focused on enabling mayors to allow their residents to deduct property taxes as a charitable deduction, an idea outlined by U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, 5th District. The governor said this would provide “immediate relief,” and committed the state to more extensive solutions moving forward.

“While we commit to long-term effort, let’s also commit to common sense and immediate relief for our taxpayers,” Murphy said.

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Arthur Augustyn grew up in Massachusetts and previously covered the video game industry in Los Angeles, city politics in Malibu, California, and local news in Bergen County before working at NJBIZ. He currently covers cannabis, government and tech.

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stven jacoby February 26, 2018 4:20 pm

in office for 2 weeks and already making excuses, just anther great politician.

john February 8, 2018 1:51 pm

"to deduct property taxes as a charitable deduction"
This is a pipe dream. This will never happen and the Tax professionals in this state should speak up.
This just distracts from the real problems in NJ.

buc17 February 8, 2018 3:37 pm

Then why did he make all those promises? What a joke this bum is.

Marlboro Mann February 8, 2018 3:49 pm

Yes, it's even more difficult to solve all problems in one day especially when you proceed to create a whole new slate of problems in two short weeks.

Dimitri February 10, 2018 8:35 am

"closing tax loopholes for the wealthy and creating a “stronger and fairer” economy" in other words. Other People's Money again. Wealthy people are already fleeing the state. Phil will put the nail in the coffin of NJ, which already ranks last in just about every category there is for a state. You know what? I don't think it's fair that 95% of the taxpayers pay for 5% of the public sector union's employees benefits and retirements. Who is paying for the 95% of taxpayer's retirement. No one, they do it themselves and pay for the 5% as well. How is that fair? let me know about that simple fact.

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