With the state’s unemployment rate approaching ten percent, a looming $8 billion state budget deficit and some of the highest property taxes in the nation, it is clear that New Jersey can’t afford to continue doing business as usual.
There’s little reason to expect things to change if Gov. Jon Corzine is re-elected to another term.
In 2005, Corzine promised to increase property tax rebates 10 percent per year or 40 percent over four years. In 2006, Corzine promised that the money raised by a sales tax increase would be used to fund property tax relief. Yet this year, Corzine eliminated property tax rebates for 1.2 million middle class residents.
It’s no wonder that he’s spent much of the campaign season attacking Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie’s character instead of outlining his own agenda.
When Corzine did finally unveil his proposal to address the $8 billion budget gap, it sounded very much like his plans for this year’s budget. Use federal stimulus money.
Extend a “one-time” income tax charge on residents making over $400,000 per year. Short the state pension fund and school aid again.
At least he’s not making promises he can’t keep this time around.
Independent challenger Chris Daggett got off to a strong early start, but he has not been able to attract the attention a candidate needs to win a statewide race. He has vision, as evidenced by his plan to shave up to 25 percent off New Jersey residents’ property taxes funded by eliminating rebate checks and expanding the number of items covered by the state sales tax.
But it doesn’t look like he can get elected, so Daggett’s campaign may just be drawing voters who are unhappy with the status quo away from Christie.
Christie has a strong record of fighting corruption as U.S. Attorney for New Jersey. He remains committed to cutting taxes and encouraging business – and job – growth. And he can actually win.
New Jersey needs to break away from Corzine’s status quo, so we urge you to vote for Chris Christie on Nov. 3.
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