CHEER—Gloucester City Fire Chief George Huston (above) retired last month after 29 years of service to the community. George started as a firefighter and worked his way up to captain. In 2009 he was named battalion chief. Born and raised in Gloucester City he is a Gloucester High School alumnus. Congratulations George!
JEER—We pay among the highest property taxes in the nation. Last year, the average homeowner paid $8,500 per home, a 2.35 percent increase over 2015, according to the most recent state calculations. Both the Christie administration and the Legislature agree the annual increases would have been worse had they not passed a 2 percent spending cap on most local expenses. (7 reasons why N.J.'s property taxes are the highest in U.S.)