Carroll and Christie

It is interesting that Assemblyman Mike Carroll is threatening to be one of maybe three Republican votes in Trenton against the state budget — the first proposed by Gov. Chris Christie …

Pols with long memories will recall when Carroll and Christie tangled the first time; that was in the 1995 Republican primary for the Assembly in the 25th District. The winners were Carroll and Anthony Bucco. Christie, who was then a freeholder, had teamed up with Rick Merkt. The most interesting fellow in that race  _ Frank Zanotti, the owner of a go-go bar in Mine Hill, the Rest-A-Bit.


About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

11 Responses to Carroll and Christie

  1. P says:

    Looks like Christie has finally lined up the votes needed to pass his budget through the Assembly and Senate (MPC & McHose finally realized this was as good as it was going to get).

    Too bad it looks like the Dems will be able to keep the 2.5% Hard Cap off the ballot this coming November. We won’t get real property tax relief until there’s a hard cap on the property tax levy and public employee compensation increases! Sheila Oliver and Joe Cryan should be ashamed of themselves for denying the populace a real chance to voice their opinion and instead, substituting a Shame Cap that’s so full of holes it’s guaranteed to subject us to continued 5 – 10% Property Tax levy increases.

  2. Kevin Nedd says:


    A 2.5% cap isn’t “property tax relief”. Lower taxes, which gubernatorial candidate Christie promised, is “tax relief”. If you want to see what will happen to Christie in three years, just look at Howard Popper as an example of what happens when political types make promises they can’t honor.

  3. P says:

    Blah, blah, blah. SSDD from LV Nedd. Don’t care about soon to be former-committeeman Pooper.

    As far a arresting property taxes, what’s your plan? According to your own website, when you had the opportunity to have a say in the WT tax rate, it still went up an average of 3+ % every year, and that was in a relatively good economy. A Hard Cap of 2.5% would limit the damage to a number that’s fair, and well within what anyone (except a pure Christie Hater) could/should have expected.

    Do you think Corzine would be doing better?

    Do you think the Dems Shame Cap is better?

    Should we jack up the rates on the rich so they head for the exits even faster?

  4. Kevin Nedd says:


    A bit defensive, huh?

    I am simply holding Christie accountable for the promise he made to voters. A promise to “LOWER” property taxes! Not limit tax growth to a 2.5% annual increase, but to “LOWER” them.

    Back in 2005, I promised voters I wouldn’t vote for certain budgets unless they met my principles. I voted “NO” on my first budget because it did not meet the conditions specified in my campaign. The other two I supported because they did meet the promise I made to voters. Once again, it’s about honor. Something you clearly know nothing about.

  5. P says:

    More of the same. It’s amazing that no matter the issue, it always comes back to Nedd the Magnificent and his “Three Years in Long Valley”. I guess that’s why you were a one-termer.

    Insert standard rant about Stupid Republicans below . . .

    P.S. Also note that Nedd has no alternative plan, nor did he bother to answer my questions, which would have shed some light on his “thoughts” about an other options the Dems could have considered.

  6. Kevin Nedd says:


    Why can’t you come to terms with the simple fact Christe has yet to live up to his campaign promise of “lowering” property taxes? That’s the issue here. It doesn’t matter what I or the Democrats would do.

    I may have been a “one-termer”, but my fate wasn’t decided by primary voters within my own party. (i.e., Howard “Lower Taxes Now!!!” Popper)

    For the record, unlike Christie, I did not make a promise to NJ voters that I knew I could not honor.

    As for an “alternative plan”…not my responsibility either.

  7. P says:

    I’ll tell the Re-Elect Christie people to keep you in the “maybe” category. 🙂

  8. Kevin Nedd says:

    If my property tax bill is “LOWER” than when he took office you can count me a definite yes. Otherwise, I will do all I can to see he is a “one and done”.

  9. P says:

    The Christie people say they are shaking in their boots.

  10. Kevin Nedd says:

    That’s what Popper said….

  11. P says:

    . . . shame on him for crossing the King of Long Valley.

    As for Christie, you’ll be lucky if you can hold down his numbers in LV anywhere near what he got last time.

    In the mean time, you might want to crank up your Obama 2012 team because he’s going to have a harder time getting re-elected than Christie.

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