Jon Corzine On The Issues
A More Affordable New Jersey
Not a good start. Here Mr. Corzine offers absolutely no plans or ideas for making New Jersey more affordable. (See actual picture from Corzine’s website below). Notice there's nothing but white space. Well, it does make a catchy campaign promise. And it is a nice picture of Corzine in a “do-it-yourself” store. Hmm, wonder if that’s a hint?
We’ll give the Senator a few ideas so that he can fill in this blank page. Vote to make President Bush’s federal income tax cuts permanent so that New Jersey residents have more of their own money to better afford life in our high cost–of-living state; reduce state spending and cap increases to the state’s budget to reduce the burden of state taxes on New Jersey’s citizens; propose an amendment to the state’s constitution that would require equal distribution of state funds to municipalities to bring about real property tax reductions.
Update: The Senator has now added text to this section. When we have time to review it, we'll let you know if there's really any change or if empty space has been replaced by empty rhetoric.
A Smarter New Jersey
Corzine begins his “smarter section” with these words; “Our state has all the assets it needs to put New Jersey on top.” What a relief, the state doesn’t need to spend any additional money, right? Wrong.
The Senator informs us we need to make smart investments through the “Edison Innovation Fund”. The new fund will “get its dollars from a public bond offering.” A former bond trader with Goldman Sachs, Corzine knows a thing a two about financing debt. Just what New Jersey needs - more debt!
Next we learn we also need to invest in institutions of learning. Here Corzine provides his staff with some direction, in essence he says – insert some BS here. (See actual picture from Corzine’s website below)
Anyway, the Senator would like us to spend more money on state universities for research that can then be “transferred to in-state firms.” How Corzine can keep research from escaping to out-of-state firms, we can’t imagine. How about we let companies pay for their own research?
Update: Someone's being reading our blog. The insert some BS here line has been removed. Apparently he couldn’t think of any more BS because nothing has been added.
A Prouder New Jersey
In this section Corzine gives us ending the ‘Corruption Tax’: ”In addition to being a source of embarrassment for the state, the fact is that the residents of New Jersey pay for the misdeeds of government decision-makers by paying in effect, a “corruption tax.””
Has anyone else noticed:
Acting Governor Codey, a loyal Democrat, has been in the state Legislature since 1973 and yet, as far as we know, he hasn’t been tarnished by scandal or been closely associated with the big names in New Jersey’s corruption and financial mismanagement scandals?
Senator Corzine on the other hand, in politics for five years, has hired, partnered with and lavishly financed the major “sources of embracement for the state” - Secretary of State, Regena Thomas, former Sen. Bob Torricelli, former Gov. Jim McGreevey, the felon Charles Kushner and South Jersey boss George Norcross, just to name a few.
A Safer New Jersey
“The most basic charge of any Governor is to secure and protect the people.” Corzine’s is taking this responsibility very seriously; he has his uniform all ready to go for his new job. (See actual picture from Corzine’s website below)
A Greener New Jersey
We prefer Forrester's green to Corzine’s, how about you? (See actual picture from Corzine’s website below) For readers living outside the Garden State, Corzine’s picture may give you the wrong impression. Our woods and forests are not barren and we are not in the middle of a nuclear winter or a global warming catastrophe.
A Healthier New Jersey
Corzine tells us: “But despite New Jersey’s reputation as the “Cure Corridor,” a place where medical and pharmaceutical breakthroughs begin, literally hundreds of thousands of our residents don’t have even adequate medical care, because health care is unaffordable and unavailable.”
We’ve posted about Corzine Care before and questioned the Senator’s claim that $15 million dollars in state money can take care of the medical insurance needs of “literally hundreds of thousands of our residents.” Corzine has not been able to provide any details to back up his rhetoric.
Corzine does add a new claim in this section –“health care is unavailable”. The Senator will need to provide some evidence for this claim. Unavailable to whom? Is Corzine suggesting, sick people are turned away from health care facilities? We were under the impression that it was against the law to deny people necessary medical care.
Also note the “Cure Corridor,” a place where medical and pharmaceutical breakthroughs begin", has been doing quite well without the taxpayers paying for, er, investing in research.