Gov. Chris Christie joined several other Republican candidates in promising to “oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes” on the American people by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge on Wednesday.
According to a statement from Americans for Tax Reform, Christie — during his tenure as governor of New Jersey — has vetoed $1.6 billion in proposed tax hikes across the last five budgets presented to him by the Democrat-controlled state legislature.
Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, called Christie’s actions Wednesday signal a “commitment” to protecting the American taxpayers.
“Governor Christie understands that government should be reformed so that it takes and spends less of the taxpayers’ money,” Norquist continued, saying, Christie, “will oppose tax increases that paper over and continue the failures of the past.”
Since 1986, ATR has offered the Pledge to every single candidate running for federal office. Christie’s fellow Republicans hopefuls Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio and Rick Santorum have all made written promises “to the American people that they will oppose and veto any tax increase in the event they are elected to the White House.”