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Saturday, July 01, 2006

Corzine To Shut New Jersey Government Down

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine is expected to order a state government shutdown on Saturday morning after an hour-long meeting Friday night between Corzine and top Democrat legislative officials ended without agreement.

"We've reached the crisis point, and all because the governor is more interested in imposing a shutdown instead of reaching an agreement that would make a sales tax increase unnecessary," Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts Jr., D-Camden, said. "We consider this threat of a shutdown to be both unconscionable and indefensible."
Corzine planned to sign an executive order at 9:30 a.m. to begin a phased shutdown of nonessential state operations. It will be the first state government shutdown in New Jersey history.
"Governor, we have no interest in having a gun placed to our head and passing a sales tax for a state budget that doesn't need it. We urge this governor to retreat from the precipice and not push the state over the edge into the uncharted waters of a government shutdown," Roberts said.
Yesterday, state Treasurer Bradley Abelow appeared before the Assembly Budget Committee at the request of Assemblyman Louis Greenwald (D-Camden).

Greenwald repeatedly asked Abelow to confirm the accuracy of revenue projections associated with a list of proposed taxes and fees. The treasurer responded he could not verify the numbers, and that some of the proposed taxes had proven unreliable in other states.

State Senate President Codey dismissed the Senate in the afternoon, and told them they wouldn't have to come back until at least Sunday.

"It's the worst I've ever seen," said Sen. Joseph Doria, a Hudson County Democrat and 26-year veteran of the Legislature. "Compromise is the mother's milk of politics and there's no compromise."
Corzine stayed in his office until the midnight budget deadline had come and gone. The Governor's spokesman did not indicate if Corzine will spend the night in repose on his new cot or return to wherever he normally spends the night.


At 8:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I left the "garden state" almost a year ago. while i knew it was going to get bad, i never thought it would descend into anarchy. next comes the fiscal meltdown as the debt rating collapses. think california without the view.

At 12:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It continues to amaze me how the idiot residents of this state continue to vote Democrat in light of all of this.

The drones in this state are going to march right to the polls and vote for Menendez this fall, and for the Democratic candidate next year, and the year after, and then they'll re-elect Corzine.

Can't the morons in this state realize what is going on? On one side we've got a Democratic thug as Governor who is willing to shut down the state and throw around veto threats if the legislature doesn't increase the sales tax. On the other side we've got a Democratic legislature that wants to get rid of the sales tax, but tacitly wants to increase payroll taxes to the point where it will cost the average citizen even MORE than the sales tax hike would.

The Democratic Party in this state is filled with thugs who are obsessed with their own power and their own personal agendas. When will people realize this? How is this state, supposedly so highly educated, filled with morons who elect these idiots into office year after year?

George Bush's administration may be doing a horrible job in Washington DC, and so may the Republicans in Congress, but their incompetence pales in comparison to the garbage that the New Jersey Democrat Party has been throwing out. Could you IMAGINE the kind of reaction that would take place if Bush and the GOP Congress bickered so much that the government was shut down? This is no different- if not worse.

After all, this is an argument about WHO WANTS TO RAISE TAXES MORE!!

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