Corzine Criticized For Telling Unemployed NJ Residents To Move

STATE—Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce has called up Gov. Jon Corzine to apologize for a comment he made in a recent television interview, suggesting that anyone who wants to live in a state with low unemployment should “go to North Dakota.”

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Corzine made the comment on Tuesday night, just before the state Department of Labor released August’s unemployment numbers. That report showed New Jersey unemployment climbing to 9.7%, up almost half a percent since July and matching the federal unemployment figure. New Jersey’s unemployment rate is at a 30-year high.

“There is something seriously wrong with the mindset of anyone who would make such a statement,” asserted DeCroce, R-Morris and Passaic. “That this was said by someone who is singularly responsible for fouling New Jersey’s business climate and giving employers little choice but to lay off workers, close up the shop or move their operations out of state is downright insulting.”

“In his typical Wall Street way, the wealthy Jon Corzine has shown once again how out of touch he is with the plight of New Jersey residents,” DeCroce concluded.

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