Governor Christie calls for special session to pass "Cap 2.5"
By Kyle Maichle
TRENTON, New Jersey: Governor Chris Christie has called the New Jersey Legislature into special session beginning July 1, 2010 to consider property tax reform proposals including the "Cap 2.5" Amendment.
In a letter written to legislative leaders, the Governor said: "The time to act is now...We can no longer afford to wait for real, sustainable property tax relief. That is why I have determined that the public interest requires this special session.”
However, lawmakers are not pleased about entering into a special session. Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Cryan felt that the special session would be unproductive. The Majority Leader told NJ.com that the Assembly would consider the "Cap 2.5" Amendment during the fall legislative session. Senate President Stephen Sweeney said that he would allow the "Cap 2.5" Amendment to have a public hearing, but doubts if the measure would be advanced out of committee.
The deadline is July 7, 2010 for any proposed constitutional amendment to be advanced out of committee.