Earlier today, mayoral hopeful Scott Stringer called for the return of a .45 percent commuter tax of those working in the city who live elsewhere. And immediately politicians whose constituents might be put off by such a tax (which Stringer says could generate $725 million a year) are coming out of the woodwork to slam the plan. Not that Stringer is taking it lying down.

At an event in Bedminster, New Jersey, governor Chris Christie (whose wife Mary Pat commutes to the city and helped kill a mass transit plan) said the idea was "penny-wise and pound-foolish" and would hurt the economy and take kill jobs. He then went on to point out that Stringer isn't even the mayor yet, noting that "I'm sure we'll have conversations with Mayor Bloomberg and he'll understand that those types of border wars are things that we should attempt to avoid because it doesn't make any sense for New York's economy. It doesn't make any sense for New Jersey's economy."

Stringer's office quickly responded with this bit of high comedy:

Job killing? When Gov. Christie de-railed the ARC tunnel, he cost the region more than 150,000 jobs and $9 billion in economic activity. That's how you kill jobs, governor.
Gov. Christie should do his homework and get his facts right about the commuter tax. The greatest expansion of jobs in the nation's history occurred in the 1990s - when New Jerseyans who worked in NYC rightfully paid their fair share through a small commuter tax.

Not the first time somebody has said Christie needs to do some homework.

Meanwhile, the New Jersey governor wasn't the only critic talking today. The spokesman for the NY State Senate Republicans said, after pointing out the idea isn't even under consideration right now, that "we need to cut taxes, not increase them." And New York State Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) chimed in, calling it "an onerous tax that would negatively affect working families, many of whom commute to and from New York City every day."