Property tax rebates coming N.J. homeowners via snail mail:
Gov. Jon S. Corzine had wanted a direct credit against tax bills instead of the checks, which the state has been sending for 30 years and which as sometimes viewed as an election-year ploy.
Corzine said the credits would be cheaper for the state to administer.
But he changed course at a forum Tuesday on property taxes. He said logistical complications and privacy concerns led him to ditch the credit idea.
Some Republicans, such as Senate Minority Leader Leonard Lance, say the switch is politics-as-usual in a state known for not always being on the up-and-up.
"It doesn't surprise me the checks will go out right before the election," he told the Star-Ledger of Newark for Wednesday's newspaper.