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Fact check: Did taxes on Murphy’s mansion get cut in half in 2018?

New Jersey 101.5 decided to check out Murphy's tax bill because the curious Zillow

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listing was being shared online. It caught the attention of a reader who asked us to look into it.

Considering that tax bills in the state on average edged up by 0.9 percent last year, a nearly 50 percent drop in the governor's 6-acre Navesink waterfront abode would certainly raise questions.

According to Middletown Tax Collector Judith Vassallo, the 2018 figure that Zillow used appears to be the amount billed for the August and November tax quarters last year.

We reached out to Zillow to get their reaction and will update this story with their response when we get it.

By comparison, the average residential tax bill in New Jersey last year was $8,767. In Middletown, the average was $9,243, an increase of 4 percent. Compare your town here.

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