Chris Christie, who refuses to raise taxes on New Jersey’s supposedly job-creating millionaires, is hiking them on folks who actually put people to work in the Garden State.
PolitickerNJ.com reports New Jersey employers will have to collectively pony up a total of $80 million in 2012 because the state is two years in arrears on a federal loan it used to fund unemployment insurance. New Jersey is one of 20 such states nationwide.
According to Politicker, “the federal tax hit is in addition to a tax increase levied by the state this year in an attempt to restock the nearly insolvent Unemployment Trust Fund. All told the boost in unemployment taxes will average nearly $180 per employee for employers throughout the state.”
Unless one counts telling Oprah about late-night college donut raids as a willingness to man up, Christie seems unlikely to accept responsibility for raising taxes on bona fide job creators. And certainly not during today’s State of the State address.