(WEST ORANGE, NOVEMBER 2) - Schundler for Governor campaign manager Bill Pascoe issued the following statement today regarding Jim McGreevey’s efforts to hide his ties to the political bosses of New Jersey’s Democratic machine:
“Jim McGreevey has often said that New Jersey voters want a Governor, ‘who will be straightforward and honest with them.’ So let’s see how straightforward and honest Jim McGreevey has been with the voters of New Jersey.
“In yesterday’s Star-Ledger, Jim McGreevey said, ‘We must shine the light of disclosure down every corridor of our government… As Governor, I will sign a stronger public records law to provide New Jersey with the openness and transparency that we deserve.’
“But as the Mayor of Woodbridge, JIM MCGREEVEY CONTINUES TO VIOLATE THE CURRENT PUBLIC RECORDS LAW. For more than two months, Jim McGreevey has failed to comply with the Schundler for Governor campaign’s request for public information regarding the millions in taxpayer dollars being spent by Woodbridge on legal fees for the politically connected law firm of Weiner Lesniak.
“Jim has also said, ‘Government contracts should be awarded on their merits, not influence. There should be no doubt in the public’s mind about the integrity of the process.’
“But for the past two months, JIM MCGREEVEY HAS FAILED TO PROVIDE US WITH PUBLIC DOCUMENTS that we are legally entitled to receive regarding more than $5.5 million in legal fees that Weiner Lesniak has charged the taxpayers of Woodbridge. This is the same Weiner Lesniak whose partners have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in political contributions for Jim McGreevey’s campaigns for mayor, Assembly, and Governor.
“And even though Jim McGreevey has raised property taxes in Woodbridge by 59 percent, he is trying to fool the voters of New Jersey into believing that he is the champion of taxpayers. In fact, he told the Star-Ledger, ‘We run a tight ship. A fiscally conservative shop.’
“However, the facts tell a different story. In his first year of office, Mayor McGreevey doubled Woodbridge Township’s legal budget. Under his tenure, legal expenses in Woodbridge have INCREASED OVER 650 PERCENT-- from $226,000 in 1991 to $1,708,000 in 2000. No wonder property taxes have increased 59 percent since Jim McGreevey became Mayor of Woodbridge.
“New Jersey taxpayers want their next Governor to be an independent leader. Someone who will say ‘NO’ to the political bosses in Trenton - not a career politician who will be their puppet. That’s why this Tuesday, the taxpayers of New Jersey are going to elect Bret Schundler their next Governor.”