Now that he’s representing a (mostly) new area, Rep. Chris Gibson says he won’t be bound by anti-tax activist Grover Norquist’s pledge not to support any tax increases.

The decision to go this way is significant, on a number of fronts, more immediately since Congress and President Obama are working to avert the fiscal cliff’s timed tax increases and spending cuts.

The pledge requires signatories to oppose any efforts to “increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses” and also oppose a new reduction or end to deductions and credits unless there is a dollar-for-dollar match in reducing tax rates.

The Norquist pledge’s critics have derided it for having out-sized influence over mostly Republican members of Congress and state Legislatures, though its namesake has enforced adherence to the pledge with zeal.

In statement, Gibson’s spokeswoman Stephanie Valle says the newly re-elected congressman remains opposed to increasing marginal rates for individuals and business, but he will consider “all comprehensive packages brought forward” during the fiscal cliff negotiations.

The statement:

The Congressman signed the pledge as a candidate in 2010 for the 20th Congressional District. As a 24-year veteran of the United States Army, without a legislative record, the pledge was his commitment to the district he was running to represent that he would fight for Upstate families, small businesses, and farmers in Congress, recognizing that high taxes are an impediment to growth in New York and result in less discretionary income for NY families. Since being elected, he has fought for these pro-growth policies that include reforming the tax code to close loopholes that don’t grow the economy so that we can lower rates for families, small businesses, and farms in New York.

Regarding the pledge moving forward, Congressman Gibson doesn’t plan to resign it for the 19th Congressional District, which he now represents (the pledge is to your constituents of a numbered district). Those voters have just evaluated the Congressman on his record and his record is the same as his position now – again, that he’ll fight for tax policy that helps those he represents.

He is opposed to increasing the marginal rates for individuals and businesses and has voted against this as a standalone measure; however, he will consider all comprehensive packages brought forward as a result of bipartisan negotiations.

Gibson’s old district (once represented by now-Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand) stretched around the Albany area and included parts of the Hudson Valley and the more conservative North Country. Now he is in the newly drawn 19th district that lies within the slightly more Democratic Hudson Valley.