New Jersey Governor Cuts into Cosmetic Surgery Tax

jwoww new jersey cosmetic surgery tax cutDuring a New Jersey Legislative session this week, Governor Chris Christie took a good look at breast implants, tummy tucks and liposuction in his state. The outspoken Republican Governor then decided his current tax plan on cosmetic surgery needed a little lift. Monday, during the last hours of the New Jersey’s legislative session, he repealed a bill, cutting out the eight year old tax.

How The New Jersey Cosmetic Tax Hurts Patients

Right now, New Jersey is the only state that taxes cosmetic surgeries, driving prospective patients, who want a better rate, to nearby states like New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. To help stimulate business for doctors and hospitals, Governor Christie proposed getting rid of the 6% tax on cosmetic surgeries and elective surgeries performed in the state. According to state records, the tax raises 10 million annually, but proponents of the repeal say the state is losing revenue. They say hospitals, surgery centers and doctors are losing out on the potential business. And let’s face it, there is a lot of business in New Jersey.

Celebrity Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in New Jersey

snooki new jersey cosmetic surgery tax cutIf you have turned on the TV in the last millennium, you would know that half of the MTV’s Jersey Shore cast has undergone some sort of cosmetic procedure, inspiring others in the state to do the same. Jenni Farley, also known as JWoww, loves her breast implants so much, she told Access Hollywood, “I would do it every year if I had to. I would regret not doing them. I recommend them for anybody.” Her partner in crime, Snookie, also from MTV’s Jersey Shore recently toldTV Host Wendy Williams about her desire for breast implants. And do we need to get into how many of the TV’s Real Housewives of New Jersey has a cosmetic surgery past?

How the New Jersey Cosmetic Tax Cut Will Benefit Patients

Once the bill is signed into law, the New Jersey cosmetic tax cut is expected to drop to 4 percent in the first quarter, to 2 percent starting July 1, 2012, to July 1, 2013 and finally disappearing after July 1, 2013. Proponents of the cut are hoping patients like Snooki, JWoww and TV's Real Housewives of New Jersey can now save money and gas. That's enough to raise an eyebrow, without the cost of an actual anti-aging procedure.

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Further Reading

  • Motivated by his wife and kids, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who once called himself “the healthiest fat guy you’ve ever seen”, disclosed Tuesday he secretly underwent Gastric Banding (Lap Band Surgery) on February 16, 2013, performed by Dr. George Fielding, head of NYU Medical Center’s Weight Management Program.

  • With bathing suit season right around the corner, plastic surgeons across the country are finding more women are booking up appointments for body contouring and breast augmentation procedures. Dr. Michael Niccole, founder and medical director of CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa in Newport Beach, and one of the “Top Plastic Surgeons in America”, reports that his appointment books are full, with a high demand for breast implants, skin tightening procedures and body contouring procedures to help women lose a few inches around the hips and thighs.

  • The Kardashian sisters are no stranger to cosmetic surgery and it is no surprise that brother Rob has been influenced. Radar Online reported an insider of the National Enquirer quoted, “Rob was complaining about his face drooping and that he’s starting to look old”. It seems his sister Kim was the push and shove he needed. “Kim told him to stop whining and put his money where his mouth is. She turned him on to her trusted plastic surgeon and convinced him to go for a Botox treatment. Rob was all for it and made an appointment right away."