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GOVERNOR JIM FLORIO DISCUSSES NRA AND PROPERTY TAXES ON TONIGHT'S EDITION OF 'STATE OF THE STATE' WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12 at 9 P.M. ON CTN

 TRENTON, N.J., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Governor Jim Florio discusses alleged election improprieties by the National Rifle Association (NRA) during the recent Gubernatorial Election, and the price New Jerseyans pay for property taxes on tonight's edition of CTN's "State of the State."
 This edition of "State of the State" airs tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 9 p.m., and Monday, Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. on CTN.
 When asked whether losing the election was a worthwhile political price to pay for standing by the assault weapons ban, Florio responded that the problem has greater costs than his defeat.
 "If the question was, 'Do I believe they violated the law?' the answer is of course,'" Florio said. "It has been written about in national papers that in fact they didn't report expenditures after the election so that nobody knew the expenditures were made, and that they were clearly made in opposition to me."
 He called for an investigation of the election process by authorities and the media to get to the bottom of the problem.
 "That is a terrible thing that really goes to the integrity of the election process," Gov. Florio said. "The authorities must get to the point of uncovering and taking the appropriate actions there are to take so that it doesn't happen again."
 During Gov. Florio's final State of the State message to the legislature, yesterday, he spent a good part of his speech on local property taxes. The question was posed whether this message was a thinly veiled criticism of Governor-elect Whitman's proposed tax cut.
 "It's fairly clear that out of the election Mrs. Whitman's proposal for the 30% reduction of the income tax is a very significant part of her administration's reason for being," Florio said. "I think it is important that there be an awareness, and in some respect, that was my purpose in mentioning the property tax, that they should be aware of the fact that property taxes are a form of taxation that has many dimensions. Not just the burden of the taxes it has an impact on the way we educate our children and impact the way our towns develop."
 He warned against governmental reliance on property tax revenue in the future.
 "I think that most people who think through governmental policies in New Jersey for a long period of time have come to understand that the property tax is perhaps the single most significant barrier that we have to having a good life in the future," Florio said. "We rely upon property taxes entirely too much."
 Gene Dillard, New Jersey Capitol Corespondent and host of "State of the State" was joined by Mary Caffrey, State House Reporter for the Trenton Times and Art Weissman, State House Reporter for the Asbury Park Press in questioning the Governor.
 Video and audio tapes of this program are available to reporters by calling CTN at 800-421-0443, provided that CTN and "State of the State" are given full credit.
 CTN is the only 24 hour statewide channel providing programming focusing on New Jersey for the Garden State. CTN is a service of the New Jersey Cable Operators. The Network is part of basic cable service for 2 million New Jersey homes. CTN can be seen on 35 cable systems throughout New Jersey on the following channels:
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