STATE—As New Jersey’s jobless rate climbed to 32-year high of 9.8 percent in September, Gov. Jon Corzine’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Mark Matzen, sent an e-mail to cabinet members asking them to stage events that boast about job creation, even if they had to “be creative” to do it.
Critics say Matzen was encouraging state officials to lie to boost the Governor’s re-election effort.
“I know that it may be a stretch for some of you, but please be creative,” wrote Matzen in an email obtained by journalists. “These events are designed to create stories in weeklies as well as daily newspapers, so please have your press folks touch the weeklies in whatever areas you are doing events.”
There were 199,528 unemployed New Jerseyans in October 2006 and today that number stands at 438,692.
During the past year alone, 120,600 New Jersey have lost their jobs, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
There were 208,593 unemployed New Jerseyans when Corzine was elected governor in 2005 and today that number stands at 438,692.
Corzine’s claim that unemployment here is below average has become false as current jobless statistics—the highest in a generation—have caught up to the national malaise.
“The governor may want to ‘stretch’ the truth, but the inescapable fact is that New Jersey’s unemployment rate is climbing every month,” said Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce. “Total unemployment has now reached 9.8 percent, the worst it has been in decades, and shows no signs of abating.”
A report on www.politickernj.com revealed that Corzine has raised $14,470 from 30 unemployed donors and 104 individuals who list their occupations as “unemployed” have contributed $60,000 to the three leading candidates for governor.
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