The popular Republican governor, still riding high from his handling of Superstorm Sandy in the fall, visited the Legends Diner & Restaurant in this Hudson County municipality to receive the backing of Mayor Michael Gonnelli and the Town Council during his reelection campaign.
Gonnelli praised the governor’s work on an issue specifically important to Secaucus: finding a one-year, temporary solution reducing the amount of money the town pays into New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) tax sharing program.
“It is because of the great working relationship the town of Secaucus has with the governor, and the leadership demonstrated by him on this issue and his untiring efforts during and after Superstorm Sandy, that I am publicly announcing that I and all the members of the Secaucus Town Council intend to vote to re-elect Governor Chris Christie,” Gonnelli said.
Christie said that receiving the endorsement from Gonnelli and his six council members was noteworthy.
“To get the endorsement from these folks is something very important for my office,” the governor said.
Created by state statute, the Inter-Municipal Tax-Sharing Program incorporates the 14 municipalities that make up the NJMC District. Seven of the participating towns with higher concentrations of development pay into the program, while the remaining ones with more open space receive funding. It has been Gonnelli’s contention that the formula is antiquated and not equitable to his town and others.