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Christie tells town hall crowd he would scrap fees on realty transfer fees

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SOMERSET, New Jersey — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he would do away with realty transfer fees — a major source of tax revenues — if the Legislature sent him a bill.

Christie told a town hall crowd in Somerset Tuesday the fee the state assesses to homeowners after they sell a house is "awful" and should be scrapped.

He was responding to a question by a retired state trooper who said he owed $5,400 after selling a home.

The state has projected realty transfer fees to produce $287 million in the current budget and $325 million in next year's budget.

Realty transfer fees are the seventh largest source of tax revenue, but a small portion of the proposed $34.4 billion budget.

Christie did not say how the revenue would be made up.

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