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Friday, January 27, 2006

Wake Up New Jersey Republicans

Ninety-two percent (92%) of New Jersey voters believe the state's budget problems are serious, and most would prefer that it be balanced by cutting services rather than raising taxes, according to a newly released Quinnipiac poll.

Voters say 57 - 28 percent that they would rather cut services than raise taxes to balance the state budget. Democrats split 44 - 44 percent on service cuts or tax hikes, while Republicans prefer service cuts 75 - 13 percent and independent voters prefer service cuts 55 - 26 percent.
Given nearly everyone in the state understands there is a serious budget problem facing the state and a clear majority would prefer spending cuts to tax increases; you have to scratch your head and wonder why Jon Corzine was elected Governor this past November. Corzine ran on his “affordability agenda”, chuck full of new state spending initiatives. What were voters thinking? Better still, what were the citizens who failed to vote thinking?

We are left to conclude tax receivers were highly motivated to vote in their self-interest and that many taxpayers stayed home because they didn’t believe Doug Forrester would govern with their interests in mind – it really didn’t matter who won the election – their interests would not be placed first in a Forrester administration.

This is a major failing of New Jersey’s Republican Party in our opinion. The Party tries to court both taxpayers and tax receivers, a strategy that fails time and again. Taxpayers hear a mixed message from state Republican candidates and therefore, stay away from the voting booth in droves.

Taxpayers need representation and they are not being well served by the New Jersey Republican Party’s weak advocacy and muddled message. There’s a majority of voters in New Jersey longing for candidates willing to stand up to the special interests and to fight for their families and economic future. What will it take for the state’s Republicans to become their standard barer? Wake up Republicans!


At 12:09 PM, Blogger Honest Abe said...

Good post. As I've said far too many times than I can count, the Republicans in our state need to get out of the "I'm not Jim Florio/Jim McGreevey/Bob Torricelli/Jon Corzine" rut. As long as our candidates keep up with the "I'm not" rap, they can consider adding another "I'm not" to their platform: "I'm not" the governor/U.S.Senator.
Republicans play checkers; Democrats play chess. Until the Republicans start playing chess too, we'll continue to lose. Let's stop bringing boxing gloves to a pistol duel.

At 1:06 PM, Blogger Ken Adams said...

E, you are far too kind to our state Republican Party. They are so slow to act, and so ineffective when they try something, that they must be the laughingstock of the national party. They have no platform, as Abe so well stated above. Personally, I am disgusted.

At 11:30 AM, Blogger njgalaxie73 said...

I couldn't agree more. For too long Republicans and Democrats in New Jersey have pretty much been partners in crime when it comes to wasteful spending that leads to higher taxes. Government spending rose nearly fifty percent between 1994 and 2002 when Republicans controlled Trenton.
If Republicans are going to be successful in New Jersey statewide they need to stop promoting themselves as spineless moderates who are no better than Democrats. The New Jersey GOP is in serious need of a conservative overhaul. It's time for moderates like the Forresters and D'Amicos of New Jersey to step aside and let proven Conservative leaders like Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan take the reigns of the Party's leadership.
New Jersey voters are not going to come out in support of Republicans unless we give them a reason. You will not win as a Republican that acts like a Democrat when there are more registered Democrats in New Jersey than Republicans. The people of New Jersey are looking for strong leadership and are coming up short. It's time to show New Jersey that Conservative values work no matter where you institute them! It's time to stop being followers and start being leaders.

At 2:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The bottom line is that the problem begins with New Jerseys voters. Its time to stop the spending and time to live withoin our means. You can't run your house like this, they have to learn to say no. How many New Jersey voters will vote for the guy that says "In order to save money I'm not going to give you anything". No more multi million dollar schools, no more shore protection, no more tax rebates until we can afford to pay for it. Everyone is greedy and everyone wants something for nothing. A Democracy will fail because it will vote itself into bankruptcy unless it has the courage to say enough is enough.

At 4:15 PM, Blogger njgalaxie73 said...

You make an excellent point. A huge part of that problem is in counties like Hudson, Essex and Camden which are mostly made up of urban municipalities that are dominated by powerful political machines.
Machine voters are an interesting and quite eclectic group and are virtually an impossible nut to crack. They are a group that will either not even listen to a single word you say or simply not have enough brains to vote outside the machine line or are simply intimidated into voting the line.
The latter rings most true with Government Housing. I grew up in Guttenberg Housing for twelve years and it was always the same. The pols put their people in charge of running the buildings and they circulate their petitions telling you to remember who got them their apartment in the first place. In North Bergen where I currently reside, Mayor/State Senator Nicholas Sacco gives the seniors everything they could possibly want. He puts his name all over everything. "Mayor Nicholas J. Sacco Presents," this, that or the other thing. Under no condition if you are opposition to Nick Sacco are you allowed near the seniors. Then there are people who work for their respective municipalities who need to protect their jobs and last but certainly not least, the rich people who live in the high rises who either don't think before they vote, vote Democrat because they feel "ashamed" of their success or feel as though they already have more money than they know what to do with and they don't care how much they pay in taxes not taking into account that their vote could be forcing a middle class homeowner to sell his home because he can't afford the taxes on it anymore. (In Guttenberg, the Galaxy Towers are loaded with idiots like that!)
No matter which way you slice it and no matter what part of the Demographic you fall under the motivation is the same. Greed, ignorance and apathy. New Jersey's political hacks like Robert Menendez, Nick Sacco, Albio Sires, Sharpe James, Brian Stack and Joseph Doria wouldn't have it any other way.
Unfortunately for New Jersey, these hack pols and their machines start funding democratic organizations in neighboring counties and start spreading their cancer to the rest of the state. On top of that, People from these counties start moving into that neighboring county to improve their quality of life and bring their stupidity with them pouring gasoline onto an already burning fire.
I realize this is a very long comment but it's very important to understand the whole process because if New Jersey is ever going to improve, somebody has to figure out how to not only defeat these political machines but desimate them and make them obselete like they are in most of the country except for places like Illinois or Louisiana. These machines have been thriving for decades and it is going to be a very difficult undertaking that has to be well funded, well organized and full of energy. I can only hope that the New Jersey GOP will be up to the challenge someday before we have to end up being divided in half by New York and Pennsylvania!

At 2:41 PM, Anonymous Aron said...

Well, I do not actually imagine it is likely to have success.

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