Conservative Group Releases “Taxpayer Scorecard”

TRENTON – Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group that advocates free markets and limited government, announce the rollout today of its Taxpayer Scorecard.

Americans for Prosperity honored 19 state lawmakers for their fiscal voting records during the 214th Legislative Session, with awards presented to those legislators in attendance at a press conference in Trenton by a number of AFP citizen activists.

Five lawmakers earned the pro-taxpayer group’s “Hero of the Taxpayer” honor (with legislative ratings of 90% and higher), including Sen. Mike Doherty (R-23), Assemblymen John DiMaio (R-23), Erik Peterson (R-23), Michael Patrick Carroll (R-25), and Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose (R-24).

Fourteen legislators earned the designation “Defender of the Taxpayer” (with ratings between 80-89%): Senators Steve Oroho (R-24) and Sen. Gerry Cardinale (R-39); Assemblymen Jay Webber (R-26), Gary Chiusano (R-24), Scott Rumana (R-09), Anthony M. Bucco (R-25), Brian Rumpf (R-09), David Russo (R-40), Samuel Thompson (R-13), David Rible (R-11), and the late Alex DeCroce (R-26); and Assemblywomen DiAnne Gove (R-09), Amy Handlin (R-13), and Denise Coyle (formerly, R-16).

Steve Lonegan, the state director of Americans for Prosperity-New Jersey, praised the 19 legislators. “On behalf of Americans for Prosperity’s more than 60,000 citizen activists, I want to thank the 19 members of the state Legislature who have stood up for fiscal responsibility and taxpayer interests,” he said.

During the 2010-2011 Legislative Session, all but 4 of the 71 members of the Democratic majority earned AFP’s “Taxpayer Zero” moniker – equivalent to an “F” rating –with scores below 30%.

“This is about holding legislators accountable for their votes,” said Lonegan. “So, we’ll be taking to radio and TV to promote the scorecard and let voters know who the big spenders are in Trenton.”

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