VanDrew: If wanting a tax break for residents makes me ‘an a-hole,’ so be it

TRENTON – Well, if the shoe fits.

That’s the response by a Democratic state lawmaker who says if wanting a tax break for middle-class families makes him “an a-hole,” according to a top union official, then so be it.

Sen. Jeff Van Drew, (D-1), said he’s “taken aback,” but largely unfazed by a comment made by Communications Workers of America of New Jersey’s Hetty Rosenstein on the union official’s Facebook page.

“Like if you think Jeff Van Drew is one of the biggest assholes in the Democratic Party,” Rosenstein wrote in a Facebook post with a link to a news story.

Rosenstein was reacting to a PolitickerNJ story in which Van Drew said he agrees with Gov. Chris Christie’s new tax cut proposal. The comment was posted on her social media page Tuesday evening.

“Look,” Van Drew told PolitickerNJ Wednesday in response to Rosenstein’s comment, “Every American and every New Jerseyan is certainly entitled to their opinion. I don’t know if you have to be so crude about it, but that’s certainly her right and her privilege.”

The lawmaker went on to say that working families in the state are tired of high taxes and he’s glad to fight for them.

“I don’t think there’s anything all that wrong, terrible or horrible in believing that middle-class New Jerseyans deserve a property tax cut,” Van Drew said, adding, “If that makes me an a-hole, then I’m proud to be an a-hole.”

A message left with Rosenstein for comment was not immediately returned.

"The governor still has to come to bat."
—Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson, on Atlantic City.