By David Madden

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) – Remember New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s call for an across the board 10 percent tax cut?

It didn’t happen.

Now Christie is ready to make that a major part of his re-election campaign.

During his budget address in late February, Christie warned legislators that if they failed to act on the proposed cuts, he’d take that issue to the people. This week, he pledged to fulfill that promise.

“This will be a big issue and I will make it a big issue and they will have to justify why they won’t cut taxes for middle class folks,” said Christie.

Actually, Democrats have indicated they’d support a tax cut; not necessarily the Christie plan, which was to be phased in over four years as long as revenues were available to pay for it.

That’s just one area where both sides parted company as they negotiated a new budget for New Jersey.

With that process now completed Christie is unapologetic about embracing the tax cut issue and says we’ll hear a lot about it in the campaign to come.

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