RED BANK Murphy here unveils tax relief for school supplies

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy used a private parking lot behind the Red Bank RiverCenter offices to unveil short-term sales tax relief on Wednesday.

At a news conference held on the Reckless Place side of 140-148 Broad Street, Murphy announced a nine-day “tax holiday” beginning Aug. 27 on school supplies, including laptops.

The location is at the rear of an office building scheduled for renovation by borough-based Denholtz Properties. Tenants include RiverCenter and an Arthur Murray dance instruction studio.

Among those present were lame mayor Pasquale Menna (seen with Murphy above right) and his potential successor, Democratic candidate Billy Portman; Board Chair Kate Triggiano; Bob Zuckerman, executive director of RiverCenter, in his second week on the job; and Democratic State Senator Vin Gopal.

Murphy, who lives in Middletown, said at the event that he had a private office at Red Bank that he didn’t use often. He did not specify where.

In a statement, Sheila Reynertson, senior policy analyst at New Jersey Policy Perspective, called the tax relief “a gimmick that won’t bring meaningful relief to working families who need it most.”

(Photo by Edwin J. Torres/NJ Governor’s Office. Click to enlarge.)

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