TRENTON - Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove praised the recent signing of legislation (A-5609) that doubled the veterans’ income tax exemption from $3,000 to $6,000.
The legislation, introduced by Assemblyman Bruce Land (D-1), was signed into law by Governor Murphy on June 30 of this year subsequent to being passed by the State Legislature ten days prior.
Connors, Rumpf, and Gove also support legislation, S-129, introduced by Senator Kristen Corrado (R-40), which would exclude military pay for service in a combat zone or for hospitalization as the result of injury while serving in a combat zone from taxable gross income under the New Jersey gross income tax.
The Senate passed S-129 in April of last year, with Senator Connors voting “yes.” Both S-129 and the companion measure, A-2451, which Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove have joined on as co-sponsors, are awaiting action by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
The 9th District delegation emphasized the need to advance veterans’ initiatives:
“Like many of our constituents, we strongly believe that government has an enduring obligation to improve to improve the quality of life for those who have served and those currently serving in the Armed Forces in full recognition of their service and sacrifice.
“To that end, we continue to work in a bipartisan fashion to advance veterans’ initiatives that include expanding tax relief, protecting the property tax exempt status of 100 percent disabled veterans whose homes have been destroyed by a natural disaster, and providing financial support to veterans who are first-time homebuyers.
“Doubling the veterans’ income tax exemption was, certainly, a positive step forward to expand tax relief for those most deserving. Along the same line, Trenton should take the necessary final steps to exempt combat pay from the state’s income tax to further assist our veterans by passing legislation that’s already been approved by one house.”
Members of the 9th District delegation serve on the Senate and Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs committees.