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AP: Property tax burden up 13 pct under Christie



TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An analysis by The Associated Press has found the net household property tax burden rose 13 percent in Gov. Chris Christie’s first three years in office.

That figure reflects both Christie’s success in reining in local government spending and his inability to deliver on a 2009 campaign promise to restore a property tax relief program.

New Jersey continues to have the highest property tax bills in the nation.

During his 2009 campaign, Christie promised both to slow the growth of the taxes and to bring back a rebate program.

His focus has been on keeping spending and property tax rate increases in check. His Democratic opponent, Barbara Buono, says families are stuck with higher bills. She says she would raise taxes on high-income earners to pump up the rebate program.