Friday, March 13, 2009


“Middle class is a broad range in New Jersey,” claims Governor Jon Corzine. “Median income is $67,000 so, it’s clear that people who are in that range are in the middle class…..We are very attentive to the middle class whether you define it as $50,000, $75,000, $100,000 or $150,000.”

There has been a lot of talk lately about what is and is not “middle class” in New Jersey. Governor Jon Corzine’s budget plan calls for eliminating property tax rebates for all but seniors, the disabled and households earning $75,000 a year or less. Corzine’s Treasurer, David Rousseau says most people are untouched by that, “It's basically the wealthiest 700,000, people above $100,00 that have any significant impact,"

Democratic leaders aren’t sure what middle class is either. Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts was asked to give an income range and he said, “It’s in the eye of the beholder. The numbers indicate that the median income in our state is $67,000 a year.”

Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman was asked the same question. She said, “I don’t think you can do a hard and fast commitment to a number because I think within incomes people have special needs and special issues………If the median income in New Jersey is $67,000 and somewhere around there is the middle class, then we are protecting property (taxpayers).”


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