Asbury Park Press – Vote for Christie

Posted in Watching Jon on October 25, 2009 by Eyes Everywhere

The Asbury Park Press demands that we make New Jersey once again affordable for the middle class, and they say Christie is the man to do that!

Cut taxes and reduce government spending. Make New Jersey affordable again for the middle class. Enact ethics reforms that will discourage political corruption and help restore the public’s faith in their elected officials.

While the mainstream press is reluctant to call Corzine corrupt, the fact is that he has turned a blind eye as his political cohorts, men that he supported and endorsed, have been lead off in handcuffs left and right. This in itself should be cause for concern. In New Jersey, if you are a business the ONLY way to get a government contract is to donate heavily to political campaigns.

For the most part, Gov. Jon Corzine and the Legislature have stood on their hands. Corzine’s halfway measures on everything from curbing spending and borrowing, ending the excesses of the public employee unions and implementing reforms aimed at transforming the culture of corruption and self-serving decision-making in New Jersey have fallen far short of what is required to put New Jersey back on track.

Corzine’s ethics reform was so full of holes that it has hardly been a bump in the road for pay-to-play. Corzine’s budget relied too heavily on postponing debt, leaving us with an $8 BILLION (yes, that is Billion with a “B”) deficit in 2010 before we even welcome in the new year.

The Press does acknowledge some disturbing facts about Christie:

Christie has run a disappointing campaign. He has made himself vulnerable on a number of ethics-related issues.

This information is disappointing, but does not even come close to the ethics lapses of our governor. Christie’s driving record? At least he didn’t have his state police driver break the law and crash a state vehicle recklessly, and at the same time refuse to wear a seat-belt. A loan to someone he worked with? That loan was less than 10% of the loan that Corzine gave to a union leader, and then proceeded to continually favor the unions in negotiations, driving up New Jersey debt and making no concessions that favor the taxpayers. Corzine’s loan is much more disturbing to this taxpayer.

Much more disturbing to this taxpayer is Corzine’s record so far:

New Jersey continues to have the highest property taxes, second-highest sales tax rate and third-highest top income rate in the nation. Corzine increased the sales tax from 6 cents to 7 cents, raised the top income tax rate to 10.67 percent, increased tolls on the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike and watched as the state’s unfunded liabilities — pensions, health care and debt — continued to soar.

One might be convinced that Daggett is a viable alternative. Unfortunately, he will be a spoiler in this election. He has no way of winning, bar a miracle or massive voter fraud that is typical of Democrats, and of which he does not have the resources to perpetrate!

Daggett has no realistic plan, and his ideas would be worse than Corzine’s. In fact, the only people to benefit under Daggett woould be those with incomes above $125,000.

Daggett wants to eliminate all of the existing property tax relief programs, including Homestead Rebates. For most homeowners, the plan would provide little or no net tax relief. The primary beneficiaries of the plan, an analysis by Assemblyman Samuel Thompson, R-Monmouth, found, would be those with incomes of more than $125,000. Daggett also supports an increase in the gasoline tax and putting tolls on highways now without them. He also sees no value in pushing for consolidation of schools and municipalities, and opposes giving citizens the right to put questions on the ballot through initiative and referendum.

My worst fear is that this Christie would be like a former republican Christie – I voted for Whitman with hopes that she would bring much needed reform to this state. She failed miserably, setting the standard for future governors to defer pension payments and helping to create this fiscal mess we are in.

However, we KNOW what Corzine is going to do. Can we afford another four years? I don’t think so. Corzine has shown that he is not a leader. Corzine has proven that he is too willing to cave in to special interests and cater to the unions, while New Jersey boasts some of the highest unemployment rates int he union.

Corzine’s advice to you if you want a job? “Move to Nebraska!” That’s right. He could care less that you are struggling, and would prefer that the whining working class, struggling to pay mortgages and find a job move out of state. His treasurer said, with a straight face, that New Jersey residents are NOT overtaxed. Hopelessly out of touch, maybe it is time to see Corzine in the unemployment line this fall!

Press of Atlantic City Endorses Christie

Posted in Watching Jon on October 25, 2009 by Eyes Everywhere

The Press endorsed Christie for Governor. In a well-written editorial, they raised the same concerns that I have, such as loosening spending limits on government travel (we should be tightening and adding more restrictions on the use of taxpayer money)…

Christie is not without flaws. We are troubled by his cavalier attitude regarding reimbursement limits on government travel expenses, as well as the appearance of political posturing while he served as U.S. Attorney. Still, these ethical questions – hammered home by the moneyed Corzine campaign – do not outweigh qualities that make him the right person to fix what’s wrong in Trenton.

However, the Press came out strongly against Corzine’s deplorable record and inability to keep even one campaign promise.

We endorsed Corzine during the last race, but his term has been a disappointment. He has been less than effective in dealing with the Legislature. He has strived, too weakly at times, for fiscal prudence…

They had words that were way too kind for Daggett, but at least conceded that he is too much of a long shot to be anything but a spoiler for Christie. Daggett is making the same promise to raise taxes that Corzine did. Corzine raised our sales tax promising that it would be used to offset property taxes. If your property taxes decreased under Corzine, then by all means, vote for him.

Daggett would raise sales taxes, but has absolutely no plan to reduce property taxes – just like Corzine. New Jersey CANNOT tax itself into prosperity!

Corzine’s Plan – tax New Jersey out of recession

Posted in Watching Jon on October 23, 2009 by Eyes Everywhere

In last night’s debate, Jon Corzine promised to lead New Jersey out of the recession with his ideas. Of course we know his ideas – taxes upon taxes. Jon has promised to tax New Jersey into prosperity. Of course the only New Jersyans getting prosperous will be union leaders and politicians.

Corzine defends his contributions to Joseph Ferriero

Posted in Watching Jon on October 23, 2009 by Eyes Everywhere

During last night’s debate, Jon Corzine lied and pretended that Gore and Obama somehow benefited from his generous support of the corrupt Bergen County chair, Joseph Ferriero.

“I believe the governor’s an honest man,” Mr. Christie said. “But the fact is that his money has enabled people like Joe Ferriero to remain in power.”

Mr. Corzine had none of it, saying his donations had been to help Democrats like Al Gore and President Obama carry Bergen…

The fact is, Mr. Corzine, is that you contributed heavily to a corrupt party chairman. If Gore and Obama needed to carry this corrupt county, then their campaigns should have put money there. You turned a blind eye to a corrupt politician, just as you have for the past four years. New Jersey residents have been embarrassed enough as we have had to endure news story after news story of yet another corrupt Democrat politician that you supported, either in photo ops or financial contributions, was led off in handcuffs.

Corzine supports Gas Tax Increase

Posted in Broken Promises, Watching Jon on October 20, 2009 by Eyes Everywhere

O’SCANLON ASKS HOW CAN CORZINE SUPPORT A GAS TAX AS FUEL PRICES CONTINUE TO RISE

As the price for gasoline increased for the sixth straight day yesterday, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon said Governor Corzine’s promise to raise the gas tax would add insult to injury for New Jersey consumers who are looking for a break somewhere in the economy.

“Despite the fact that demand is down, prices continue to rise and impact the consumer,” said O’Scanlon. “The only thing more enigmatic than the price of gas is Governor Corzine’s ongoing support to raise the tax on it. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if he reshuffles the deck and deals the toll increase card again.”

According to a story by the Associated Press, crude oil prices passed $75 a barrel last week and nearly hit $80 on Monday, with a spokesperson from Goldman Sachs indicating the price could hit $85 a barrel by the end of the year. Some analysts blame the falling price of the U.S. dollar for the increase.

“The last thing people want to hear about is another tax increase, regardless of where it’s coming from,” continued O’Scanlon. “The governor has supporters in the Legislature who are willing to raise the gas tax, some who would even double it within three years. “Whether it’s increasing the gas tax, income tax, property tax or raising tolls, the Trenton Democrats never stop,” continued O’Scanlon. “Most of New Jersey’s taxes are among the highest in the country and apparently, the governor won’t stop until all of them achieve a top 10 status.”

The AP also reported that energy professionals could give no fundamental reason for the rising price. The president of Lipow Oil Associates predicted gas prices would increase another 10 cents per gallon over the next week. He, too, cited a weak dollar as well as policies by the Federal Reserve.

“With a region-high unemployment rate of nearly 10 percent and an economy that shows no signs of recovering, raising taxes should be off the table,” stated O’Scanlon.

O’Scanlon said he does support the Republican “Common Sense Plan for an Affordable New Jersey” which calls for dedicating $500 million in existing annual motor vehicle fees to the Transportation Trust Fund in order to fund transportation projects.

Corzine buys votes

Posted in Watching Jon on October 20, 2009 by Eyes Everywhere

This from the AP newswire:

Gov. Jon Corzine has made donations to a church run by a politically powerful pastor who has endorsed the governor’s re-election effort.

A $50,000 donation was listed on Corzine’s personal tax return. The other $37,000 came from Corzine’s philanthropic foundation. The foundation’s financial reports have not yet been filed with the IRS.

Pastor Jackson endorsed Corzine and said the endorsement has nothing to do with the bribes for votes contributions. Pastor, it is not nice for a man of god to lie. May your soul burn in hell!

Where is the outrage?

Posted in Watching Jon on October 18, 2009 by Eyes Everywhere

In response to the Associated Press article regarding the instructions from Gov. Jon S. Corzine’s commissioners, to be “creative” and organize events to show that Corzine’s economic policies are working, when we all know they are not, where is the outrage?

Is the political atmosphere so polarized in New Jersey and nation that the ends justify the means. Not only should New Jersey Republicans be upset, we all should be, Corzine’s policies and leadership are not working. New Jersey has lost 155,700 jobs since December of 2007. We are among the worst states in which to do business with, according to the Tax Foundation.

We also pay up to 7 percent of our pay for property taxes.

Also it seems that the governor’s office is using employees to do political work. A Steve Sigmund states that the memo in question has nothing to do with campaign. The Chris Christie campaign should call this what it is, lying and manipulating, not “misleading.”

THOMAS MICHAELS JR.
East Hanover