PISCATAWAY, N.J. — A subdued and sparsely-attended town hall meeting with Gov. Christie in this Middlesex County township Wednesday had one noteworthy bit: several anti-Christie electronic traffic signs, set up by town workers at the behest of the Democratic mayor in apparent violation of state regulation.
If you paused long enough as the words scrolled through, the signs read: "Welcome to P-Way Governor ... Please return ... 3.4 mil. in energy money back to taxpayers."
Another sign on the way out of the church where the event was held read: "Come back soon Gov. with energy money in hand."
The signs refer to the "energy-tax receipts" paid by utility companies and collected by the state but traditionally returned to towns for property-tax relief. Mayors have said that because Christie cut the amount of energy-tax-receipt money sent back to towns, they are having trouble controlling taxes and staying under Christie's 2 percent cap on tax hikes.