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October 16, 2001

Schundler Scores Knockout In 2nd Gubernatorial Debate
Schundler Says McGreevey’s 62 New Spending Programs Have Billion-Dollar Price Tag

(EWING, OCTOBER 16) - Schundler for Governor campaign manager Bill Pacoe issued the following statement in the wake of Bret Schundler’s resounding victory in the NJ 101.5 radio debate:

“You’ve heard of the ‘Thrilla in Manilla.’ Tonight, we were witnesses to the ‘Thrashing in Ewing.’ In tonight’s debate on 101.5FM with Jim McGreevey at the station’s studio in Ewing, Bret Schundler once again drove home the point that as Governor, he will cut taxes to strengthen New Jersey’s struggling economy while Jim McGreevey will raise taxes and force us into a deep recession.”

101.5FM’s Eric Scott served as the debate’s moderator.

“Bret Schundler boiled down Jim McGreevey’s answers to their basic essence, which is nothing. Where Bret Schundler says plainly and simply that he will cut taxes, he has the leadership and record to back up his statements. Jim McGreevey’s answer to to the tax cut question: ‘Government has to live within its means.’ That must be why Jim McGreevey’s Woodbridge taxpayers enjoy a 59% tax hike under Mayor McGreevey.

“Tonight’s debate showed the clear differences between Bret Schundler and Jim McGreevey. Bret wants to give parents a $500 education tax credit to parents to pay for out-of-pocket expenses for after-school tutoring, school supplies, home computer equipment, or tuition expenses for their child. He proposes cutting the school property taxes for every senior in New Jersey by 50%. He proposes providing businesses with accelerated depreciation benefits to spur investment and economic growth. He proposes giving veterans, men and women who risked their lives for this nation, enhanced property taxes benefits. And he has promised to eliminate tolls on the Garden State Parkway. In short, he wants to cut taxes.

“In contrast, Jim McGreevey wants 62 new government programs that will cost taxpayers $1.5 billion in the first year alone. These programs will cost every taxpayer in New Jersey $600 more in taxes -- and that’s just in the first budget year. As Mayor of Woodbridge, Jim McGreevey faced a recession and a fiscal crisis. Instead of cutting spending and holding the line on taxes, like Bret Schundler did in Jersey City, Jim McGreevey raised property taxes 59 percent. That’s the price New Jersey taxpayers will have to pay if they elect a lobbyist turned career politician as their next governor.

“The voters of New Jersey have a clear choice. If you want a leader who has a commitment to excellence and a record of cutting taxes, vote for Bret Schundler. If you want to elect someone who will raise your taxes on everything from property to gasoline, from beer to toilet paper, then meet your new best friend -- Jim McGreevey.”


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