NBC New York reports:
Gov. Chris Christie is warning New Jerseyans living in storm-wrecked towns that they're likely to see higher local property taxes to help pay for rebuilding.
Christie, dressed in a suit and tie and working in the Statehouse for the first time since Sandy ravaged the state two weeks ago, said an exemption to the state's 2 percent tax cap law is emergencies like Sandy, which destroyed coastal towns, knocked out rail service and left 2.7 million households in the dark. While municipalities can expect federal reimbursement for most storm-related cleanup costs, residents will most likely foot the bill for rebuilding.
Hey, somebody has to pay for the police that enforced his price controls on gasoline. Christie is running the state right out of the Rahm Emanuel "Never let a serious crisis go to waste" book of government freedom grabs.
Christie said he and legislative leaders have pledged bipartisan cooperation in storm-related matters. Christie met with Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver and the ranking legislative Republicans on Tuesday, and afterward said the session was "positive and productive."
"I got a commitment from all four them that Hurricane Sandy recovery issues would be outside the political realm," Christie said.