(WEST ORANGE, SEPTEMBER 4) - Schundler for Governor campaign manager Bill Pascoe today issued the following statement:
“Jim McGreevey equals higher taxes, no matter how hard he tries to hide from his record or spin it some other way. Yesterday, he even said that rather than raise taxes in times of a budget crunch, he would tackle the special interest, insider deals that drive higher spending -- in his words, he would ‘take a high-pressure fire hose and literally wash out Trenton.’ ‘Fire hose?’ More like a WATER PISTOL! Jim McGreevey is more apt to throw gasoline on the fire than he is to put it out!
“What drives out-of-control state spending? Payoffs to political cronies and special interest groups, that’s what. In exchange for all those special interest endorsements he’s been receiving, Jim McGreevey has made promises at the taxpayers’ expense. The only ‘high pressure hose’ in Trenton if McGreevey is elected will be the flow of new state spending to pay off all those special interest groups.
“Want the endorsement of the teachers’ union leadership? Easy - make a secret promise to support their call for a higher minimum wage for teachers, no matter how much it costs. Want the endorsement of the AFL-CIO leadership? Easy -- make a not-so-secret promise to support their call for the nation’s first-ever paid family leave program (even though the BUILDING trade unions oppose it), and never mind that the Unemployment Insurance Fund will be raided, and taxpayers will actually be forced to turn over even MORE tax dollars to pay people who have made a decision not to work.
“Let’s look at the McGreevey record: faced with a budget crunch upon becoming a member of the State Assembly, he cast the deciding vote for Jim Florio’s $2.8 billion tax increase; faced with a budget crunch upon becoming Mayor of Woodbridge, McGreevey raised property taxes by 59 percent. Jim McGreevey is a man who has a clearly-established record on how to deal with budget crunches -- and his solution to a budget crunch isn’t to get a handle on spending, it’s to RAISE TAXES.
“As for getting a handle on spending, Jim McGreevey quadrupled the legal fees paid by the Township of Woodbridge -- just so he could pad the payroll with political cronies like Ray Lesniak -- and increased Woodbridge’s debt by 30 percent.
“One thing’s for sure -- if Jim McGreevey is elected, New Jersey’s taxpayers had better hide their wallets!”