(GLASSBORO, OCTOBER 18) - Schundler for Governor Campaign Spokesman Tom Gallagher issued the following statement after the third face-to-face encounter between Republican Gubernatorial Nominee Bret Schundler and Woodbridge Mayor Jim McGreevey:
“We told you Tuesday night about Jim McGreevey’s disingenuous and false statements about Bret Schundler’s record in addition to his own. Obviously, the McGreevey team forgot to reprogram the robo-candidate for tonight’s Town Hall Meeting at Rowan University.
“Jim McGreevey erroneously claims that property values in Jersey City fell under Bret Schundler.
“Jim McGreevey continues to mislead New Jersey voters about Jersey City’s finances.
“The fact is that Jim McGreevey’s claims show a lack of understanding and a distortion of the truth about real estate, education issues and the function of municipal governments in New Jersey.
“McGreevey’s Version: Property values in Jersey City declined $6,000.
“The Facts: According to the April 2000 issue of New Jersey Monthly Magazine, while both candidates were mayors, property values in Jersey City rose 11.8% while property values in Woodbridge declined .2% (based on sales between 1995 and 1999).
“McGreevey’s Version: The state had to bail out Jersey City’s school district with $1.2 billion because Mayor Schundler declared Jersey City a ‘Distressed City.’
“The Facts: ‘Distressed City’ is a term used for cities that participate in the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ municipal aid program. The money earmarked for cities through this program DOES NOT go to the education systems of the cities. Further, Jersey City’s school district is controlled by the state government, not the Board of Education, not the municipal government of Jersey City and definitely not the mayor’s office. The state government took over control of Jersey City’s schools in 1989, three years before Bret Schundler even won his first mayoral election.
“As a legislator in Trenton, Jim McGreevey joined Governor Florio to raise taxes $2.8 billion per year and redistributed that money to the Abbott school districts, including Jersey City. But that wasn’t enough for Jim McGreevey. The man who claims to have the leadership qualities necessary to be Governor is nothing more than a machine politician who’s perfected the art of dealmaking. Jim McGreevey cast the deciding vote to extend the Quality Education Act, which was funded by the Florio/McGreevey tax increase, in exchange for a promise of more government aid to Woodbridge.”