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For Release:
Immediate
October 27, 2001

In Case You Missed It . . .
ATR to Jim McGreevey:
“Put your signature where your mouth is.”
National taxpayer group concerned JIM McGreevey will be just like JIM Florio

(WEST ORANGE, OCTOBER 27) - A press release issued yesterday by Americans For Tax Reform, a non-partisan coalition of taxpayers and taxpayer groups:

“Previous to [Thursday night’s] debate, McGreevey has used the national crisis as an excuse not to sign the Americans For Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge, insisting that it would be ‘irresponsible’ to promise not to raise taxes.

“Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) has sent the Taxpayers Protection Pledge to McGreevey fifty times since June 2, 2001 with no response.

“’Signing the pledge is simply a demonstration of common sense. Politicians often say one thing and do the opposite. His refusal to sign indicates a willingness to raise taxes…Put your signature where your mouth is,’ said Damon B. Ansell, Vice President of Policy at ATR.”

“’The people need firm assurance that McGreevey will not become another Florio,’ stated ATR’s President, Grover Norquist.”

The complete text of the press release issued by Americans For Tax Reform follows:

For Release:
Immediate
October 26, 2001
Contact:
Athena Reizakis
National Taxpayer Group Questions McGreevey’s “Commitment” to Oppose Tax Increase

“We are not going to raise taxes. We need to understand the most important responsibility of the next governor is to attack waste and mismanagement…I’m committed not to raising taxes,” said Jim McGreevey, New Jersey candidate for Governor, during last night’s ELEC debate with Bret Schundler. Previous to this debate, McGreevey has used the national crisis as an excuse not to sign the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge, insisting that it would be “irresponsible” to promise not to raise taxes.

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) has sent the Taxpayers Protection Pledge to McGreevey fifty times since June 2, 2001 with no response. Bret Schundler has signed the pledge, both as Mayor of Jersey City on July 4, 2000 and as a candidate for Governor of New Jersey on April 14, 2001. Given McGreevey’s recent comments, ATR has sent the pledge to him for the fifty-first time today and ATR will give McGreevey 3 extra days, until Monday October 29, 2001, to reconsider and finally sign the pledge.

At present time, 212 U.S. House Representatives, thirty-seven U.S. Senators, 1, 236 State Legislators, nine Governors, and President George W. Bush have signed ATR’s Taxpayers Protection Pledge. The pledge would commit the Governor “to oppose and veto” all tax increases.

“Signing the pledge is simply a demonstration of common sense. Politicians often say one thing and do the opposite. His refusal to sign indicates a willingness to raise taxes, and a pattern of ‘more of the same’ politicking,” said Damon B. Ansell, Vice President of Policy at ATR. “Put your signature where your mouth is,” concluded Ansell.

“The people need firm assurance that McGreevey will not become another Florio,” stated ATR’s President, Grover Norquist. McGreevey voted for Governor Florio’s $2.8 billion tax increase in 1990.


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