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For Release:
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October 15, 2001

Looking for a Homeowners’ Tax Increase? Meet Your New Best Friend -- Jim McGreevey

(WEST ORANGE, OCTOBER 15) - Schundler for Governor campaign manager Bill Pascoe, pounding the tax theme again, today issued the following statement:

“Bret Schundler wants to cut taxes to keep our economy strong, and Jim McGreevey wants to raise taxes so he can pay off all the campaign promises he made to win special interest endorsements. That came through loud and clear in last Wednesday’s debate, when Bret promised flat out not to increase taxes, while McGreevey refused to rule out raising taxes.

“Jim McGreevey was asked directly about how he would handle an economic downturn, and his answer broke into two parts -- first, he said his mother was saying the rosary for a good economy, and then he said he wanted to ‘get tough’ by increasing taxes on better-off homeowners, by ‘cap[ping] the New Jersey Saver program for those earning over two hundred thousand dollars.’ There’s another way of saying that -- if you’re a homeowner who makes more than $200,000 per year and you currently enjoy a New Jersey Saver rebate, you’re about to see your taxes go up under a McGreevey Administration.

“Isn’t it fascinating that in the very same debate where he refused to rule out a tax increase, he’s actually PROMISING a tax increase? And how come he wants to ‘get tough’ on some homeowners, rather than ‘getting tough’ on the special interests who drive up the cost of government? What has Jim McGreevey got against homeowners?

“Bret Schundler will cut taxes to keep our economy strong. Jim McGreevey will raise taxes and destroy jobs. It’s just that simple.”


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