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Protest Interrupts Ivanka Trump Tax Discussion In New Jersey

14 November 2017

Congressman Tom MacArthur, Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin and Presidential advisor Ivanka Trump speaking about taxes at Bayville Fire Company.

Christie credited MacArthur as being "the single loudest voice in the House of Representatives to make sure" the chamber's proposal didn't totally scrap the deduction for property taxes, which would disproportionally harm New Jersey and a handful of other high-taxed states.

"The simplicity is so important", Ivanka Trump said.

Mnuchin and Trump joined Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur at the invitation-only event at the Bayville Fire Hall.

The House bill would keep the deduction for property taxes and eliminate state and local income taxes.

Jason Ireland of Brick was blocked from entering before the event and shouted into the room, "Why are they taking questions only from Republicans?"

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'For most people - and, again, it may not be 100 percent, but by far the majority - both the House and Senate version provide middle-income tax relief, ' Mnuchin said on CNN.

"If I waited to vote "yes" for a ideal bill, I'd never vote", he said. And both versions would not allow anyone to deduct their state income taxes. "That's absurd. That really is absurd, and that doesn't benefit the ordinary Americans". Portman said on the Senate floor that a measure to reduce corporate tax will result in higher wages for employees.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Ivanka Trump, advisor to the President, made a stop in Bayville to promote the tax bills that are now moving through the House and Senate.

Some of the attendees were supportive of the proposal, though not optimistic they would necessarily save money.

"We're moving in the right direction", she said.

The event came the same day Democratic Gov. -elect Phil Murphy held an event in Newark with Democratic lawmakers to criticize the plan. He takes over from Christie on January 16.

Protest Interrupts Ivanka Trump Tax Discussion In New Jersey