The New Jersey Legislature approved a $.23 per gallon sales tax increase today, accompanied by a phase out of the estate tax, a gradual fractional reduction in the sale tax and tax breaks for veterans and the working poor. The Senate vote was 28-14. The vote in the Assembly was 44-27.
Monmouth County’s Legislators voted as follows:
Sen Jennifer Beck, R-11, voted NO
Sen Sam Thompson, R-12 did not vote. Thompson had a medical emergency and has been admitted to Raritan Bay Medical Center where he expects to stay at least over night.
Sen Joe Kyrillos, R-13, voted YES.
Sen Robert Singer, R-30, voted YES
11 District: Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling, both D, voted NO
12th District: Ronald Dancer and Rob Clifton, both R, voted NO
13th District: Amy Handlin, R, voted NO. Declan O’Scanlon, R, voted YES
30th District: Sean Kean and Dave Rible both voted YES. Rible was a Primary Sponsor of the bill.
The bill awaits Governor Christie’s signature.