It’s time to stand up to the corruption and mismanagement in New Jersey Government. If you really are sick and tired of your taxes going up then stand with me in opposition to Question #2 on the Ballot this November 8th. Governor Christie wants you to vote yes in order to dedicate the gas tax to the Transportation Trust Fund. That might sound like a good idea at first…but the minute you dig a little deeper you see the real scam that will hurt all of us in New Jersey.
Governor Christie and I had a tough conversation a couple months ago on my morning show. He dismissed my question about the Transportation Trust Fund paying for a “light rail project”…essentially saying that the TTF money would only be allocated to the roads, provided the voters pass a constitutional amendment ensuring that. Now it’s true that I mentioned Atlantic City specifically. But instead of correcting my location info, he dismissed the idea of a light rail as essentially being absurd! Then at Friday’s press conference, right before Jessica Nutt asked the Senate President and Assembly Speaker about another “Midnight vote”, Steve Sweeney discussed the funding for new light rail projects. Two light rails, Bergen-Hudson and Camden-Gloucester and a freight line. So because I had the location wrong, Governor Christie acted as if I pulled “rail projects” out of thin air for ratings! Yes I had bad information about the location but it seems the worst was I had bad info on the number of projects. The fact is that TTF money will be poured into not ONE but THREE projects completely unrelated to the roads. How exactly are three rail projects related to the crumbling roads and bridges??
For nearly seven years I’ve been a backer of New Jersey’s Governor, Chris Christie. He’s been a strong advocate for the overburdened taxpayers in the Garden State and taken on battles that prior Governors were too weak or ineffective to tackle. Until now.
And the win goes to… you! Because of your attention to the tricks and political games in Trenton, together we put a stop to two things today that could have had disastrous effects on life in the Garden State. The first was the gas tax… the legislature wanted to raise it $0.23 per gallon with a built in increase should the projected revenue fall below expectations. As we’ve discussed on Chasing News, NJ 101.5 and on social media, it’s because of your constant phone calls, emails and tweets that the GOP legislators on the fence thought twice about voting for a new tax and the Democrats on the fence found cover that helped firm up their opposition.
He’s a union boss and a politician who has greatly benefited from the millions of dollars of public union political spending. He’s the leader of the New Jersey State Senate. He’s accusing the same unions who made his rise to power in Trenton possible of extortion. Wait, what?
Yes it’s true. In a stunning move demonstrating Steve Sweeney’s erratic temperament and often ignorant approach to state issues, he recklessly accused one of the largest public worker unions in the state of “Extortion”. He also levied the same accusation against the Fraternal Order of Police in letters to the state Attorney General and US Attorney.
It’s been a busy week coming back from a few days away. The Gas Tax battle rages on in Trenton and the politicians are getting agitated with the public’s lack of cooperation on new taxes. As I’ve mentioned many times, the real problem is with the Republican caucus in the New Jersey General Assembly and the State Senate. If the GOP stuck together and stood up for working and middle class New Jerseyans already suffering under the crushing weight of NJ’s current tax burden we might actually move NJ toward affordability. We had two different positions taken from two GOP lawmakers on the show this week.
So I’m out of the state for a couple days with my family and boom! The gas tax makes it’s ugly return. Speaker Vincent Prieto and Senate President Steve Sweeney got together and came up with a scheme to raise your taxes…again.
What’s even worse is that they are calling it a tax cut. Sound familiar? It’s not. They will raise the cost of buying gas in the Garden State by $.23 a gallon and then through an elaborate and confusing pitch to distract you, make you think that because of tax deductions and a cut in the estate tax, you’re actually making money! It’s disgusting, dishonest and deceitful. And that’s not even the worst part…
The big issue today is that there are reportedly many Republican legislators who are considering voting to override the Governor’s expected veto of the tax. At least the Democrats are being honest, they campaign on revenue and higher taxes. But the GOP? They ask for your votes by proclaiming that they will be the strong voice of the people opposing further taxes on our already over-taxed citizens. It’s gotta stop. As Jersey Joe Piscopo put it on my radio show this morning, #StopIt. You’re right Joe, how many more people and businesses need to leave the Garden State before the politicians do something to improve the economy and cost of living here? Enough is enough. #NoGasTax. Call your Republican legislators and tell ’em to get a backbone and vote against the tax and support the Governor if he vetoes this latest assault on your bank account.
This week two things happened that demonstrate without new leadership in Trenton our state will become increasingly unaffordable. And that’s saying a lot considering we are already one of the highest tax burdened states in the nation.
The Republican Governor and Democratic Senate President met and discussed how to fund the Transportation Trust Fund. The didn’t find a mutually agreeable solution, but they agreed on one thing…the gas tax should be raised by $0.23.
Then in another blow to commuters and residents, the leader of the Republicans in the NJ Assembly, Jon Bramnick embraced the hike in the gas tax as a “strategic necessity“.
In “Trenton Speak” the phases “Strategic Necessity” and “Tax Fairness” means YOU will pay more to live and work here. A lot more.
Late night, closed door meeting in Trenton. Can’t be good. And it wasn’t. Governor Christie saved the Democrats from themselves by giving them an opportunity to pass a tax on gas that will supposedly fund the Transportation Trust Fund. Well, it’s ain’t gonna be that easy.
First of all, the tax on gas will raise the cost for NJ commuters by $0.23 per gallon. This will potentially cost you hundreds of dollars every year in additional money just to get back and forth to work. If you’re a delivery truck operator, commercial fishing captain, landscaper or any other business in the Garden state, the cost will be much more.
Had a great opportunity this morning to have a conversation with Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian. He’s a thoughtful, intelligent leader committed to bringing his city out of the financial mess it’s current suffering through. The war of words in Trenton has been stepped up recently as Governor Christie pulled no punches regarding the bill to allow the state to takeover the operations and finances of Atlantic City. Going so far as to say that if Guardian were a CEO of a company the board would have him fired.