TRENTON -- A New Jersey Senate committee yesterday opened public hearings on a plan to roll back $2.8 billion of state taxes, but Republicans -- who take control of the Legislature next month -- boycotted the proceedings.

Arguing that a complete dismatling of the tax package would lead to fiscal chaos, Republican members of the Senate Revenue, Finance, and Appropriations Committee refused to attend, leaving it to state business and industry leaders to speak against the idea.

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