Responding to a Press of Atlantic City report that Egg Harbor Township Mayor James "Sonny" McCullough is trying to sell his home because his tax bill is too high, Gov. Chris Christie said more efforts must be made to curb taxes.

“If Mayor McCullough has to leave, that’s a sad thing, he served in the state Senate, he served there,” Christie said at an event Wednesday in Camden, according to a report on “But if that’s an economic decision he makes, he makes it.”

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Christie said additional measures that can be taken are ending lump-sum sick-leave payouts to public employees, changing the school funding formula and making government smaller, according to

The Press reported in Wednesday’s paper that McCullough said he is being taxed out of his home in the Seaview Harbor section of the township by the local rates and by last year's township-wide revaluation, which caused his property taxes to shoot up nearly 60 percent, to $31,056.

"It's more than what I can afford," McCullough, 71, said. "It's kind of disappointing. I thought I would be able to live and die in my home, but it's gotten to the point where it's gotten up so high.

The mayor has lived in the home since 1985.


Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.

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