So said George Will about 30 years ago, if memory serves.
The New York paper reported that Governor Chris Christie and the State Legislature came to an agreement about a “hard” real-estate tax cap, one that can’t easily be broken.
It’s big news, because New Jersey has the highest real-estate taxes in America, an average now of $7,300. (That’s no mistake — 649,700 yen a year, just to keep your house.)
Last fall, I expected Chris Christie to do diddly squat to fix this problem. And now, it appears, he is at least doing something. That, on top of a budget passed earlier this week to reduce spending. So two cheers!
In New Jersey, the governor is perhaps the strongest state chief executive in the nation, courtesy of the state’s 1947 Constitution. In its original form, it basically put all the state-level power in the hands of the Governor—either directly or indirectly.
Amendments to that document in the last 60+ years (and especially in the last 25) have taken some of that power away. But I would say it’s still about the strongest governorship. Let’s put it this way: I am not sure which other state has a stronger governor.