From the Star Ledger:
With the help of one New Jersey Republican, the U.S. House on Thursday passed sweeping tax legislation that would end tax breaks used by many Garden State residents and could harm the health of business and real estate in the state.
Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-3rd Dist., was the only New Jersey lawmaker to support the legislation, which would eliminate the ability of taxpayers to deduct their state and local income or sales taxes, and cap the property tax deduction at $10,000.
House Republican leaders, who drafted the bill in secret without any public hearings, also prevented lawmakers from seeking to amend the bill on the floor in order to restore the full state and local tax deduction.
The vote was 227-205, with four of the five New Jersey House Republicans, including Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-11th Dist., joining all seven House Democrats in voting no. Frelinghuysen was the only lawmaker who didn’t announce his position in advance of the vote.
Only 13 Republicans, nine of them from New Jersey and New York, opposed the bill. No Democrats supported it.
“Every New Jersey taxpayer should be furious that this bill passed,” said Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-5th Dist. “When you look at the deductions lost for state and local taxpayers, for seniors with medical expenses, for homeowners with mortgages, and small businesses, it’s undeniable that this tax hike bill is another nail in the coffin for New Jersey.”