New Jersey joins N.Y., Conn. in suing feds over GOP tax overhaul

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy wants towns to be able to establish charitable funds that pay for local services. Homeowners would get credits on their property tax bills for any amount they donate. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy wants towns to be able to establish charitable funds that pay for local services. Homeowners would get credits on their property tax bills for any amount they donate. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

New Jersey, New York and Connecticut intend to join in a suit against the federal government over the Republican-led federal tax overhaul.

Democratic Govs. Phil Murphy of New Jersey, Andrew Cuomo of New York and Dannel Malloy of Connecticut announced Friday that they will team up to take the Trump administration to court over the federal tax plan that’s expected to cost taxpayers in their states billions of dollars.

Murphy said his administration will explore every legal mechanism to fight the tax overhaul.

“It has nothing to do with sound policy. It’s politically motivated. It’s punishment of blue states like New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and others who already pay more into the federal government than they receive,” Murphy said. “I’m not going to let it happen.”

Malloy said he expects other states to join the lawsuit. There’s no word on when it will be filed.

The tax overhaul enacted by Washington Republicans unfairly targets Democratic states, said Cuomo, a potential 2020 presidential candidate.

The changes will raise federal taxes for many homeowners in the states by capping a state and local tax deduction at $10,000.

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