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Who is Christie to talk about Md. taxes?

Gov. Chris Christie should stop his hypocritical politicking about lowering taxes in Maryland and go back to New Jersey to practice what he preaches ("Christie returning to Maryland to stump for Hogan," Oct. 27).

People who complain about high taxes in Maryland obviously have never lived in New Jersey. As someone who grew up in New Jersey and who has spent half my life there, I can attest that property taxes alone are, on average, two to three times higher there than in Maryland.

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The reason is simple. Unlike Maryland, where government in generally county-based, New Jersey is balkanized into more than 600 local government jurisdictions, with almost as many school districts.

This "home rule tradition" is jealously defended by politicians of all parties. The result is corruption and inefficiency on a massive scale.

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There are large discrepancies and inequalities between services in wealthy and poor jurisdictions. Roads are generally more poorly maintained than in Maryland, and school systems vary wildly in quality.

So be careful what you wish for! If you really want low taxes, move to Delaware. Just don't expect much in the way of services.

David Mauriello, Severna Park

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