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Saturday, April 09, 2005

Political Dogs and Jon Corzine

Dave from Political Dogs caught Jon Corzine this past Monday on WABC radio's John Gambling Show and was not impressed.

Dave notes the Democrats, led by former Governor McGreevey, passed tax laws detrimental to New Jersey businesses and to the state’s economy. As we previously posted, small and big businesses have made it clear, reform is needed to turn around New Jersey’s business climate.
Corzine spoke of economic prosperity, consolidation, and shifting of tax burdens while planning for the greater good.

To Corzine, economic prosperity does not mean the state will be better off after he is gone. It means the Democratic Party will be better off once he is gone. This self-centered Washingtonian does not even begin to acknowledge that New Jersey actively drove business from the state by enacting one of the most ill-conceived tax plans imaginable under Man-Date Governor Jim McGreevey

But one thing is very clear about the McGreevey tax bill, it drove business out of the state faster than a tsunami would have. New Jersey will never regain the business it has lost if the entire bill is not repealed.
On Corzine’s solution to New Jersey’s property tax crisis Dave writes:
Another central part of Corzine's "plans" are to attack the out-of-control property tax situation by calling a "special session" of the very legislature which allowed this mess to be created in the first place.

What a crock of %^$#. Corzine would like power to be shifted from localities and counties to the state and especially the governor's office. This is very clearly Washington speak for enlarging centralized government in order to grab and maintain POWER.

Watch out New Jerseyans. Do you really want some guy in Trenton to control your schools and public works? Think hard before you give this guy your vote.
Finally Dave points out Corzine is touting Jersey City as an example of successful urban renewal in the Garden State. A success that is attributed to Bret Schundler, the former three term Mayor of Jersey City. Why consider voting for Corzine, when Bret Schundler is the real deal?
Corzine spoke admiringly of the many examples of urban renewal going on in the state. Really? Let's see, what was the first example? Jersey City.

I would have to agree that Jersey City is a shining example of urban renewal. I just can't think of any other real examples. And the only problem with citing Jersey City as a shining example of urban renewal, like Corzine and noted conservative periodical Time Magazine have done, is that there really is only one man responsible for the city's rebirth. That man is Brett Schundler.

Schundler was the mayor of Jersey City during the time it left every other city in the state in the dust and became the place with the fastest growing economy in the region. There is no honest way to speak of Jersey City's absolutely extreme makeover without speaking gushingly about Schundler.

So what, you might say? Well, here's what, Schundler is also running for Governor. Why on earth should we elect the guy who rightly praises another's accomplishments when the guy being praised is also up for the job?




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