(WEST ORANGE, OCTOBER 30) - Schundler for Governor campaign manager Bill Pascoe today issued the following statement:
“Great leaders do great things. Bret Schundler has been setting the true example of leadership in this campaign, particularly on the issue of taxes. As New Jersey faces tough economic times, Bret knows that the key to getting New Jersey’s economy back on track is to lower taxes on New Jersey’s businesses and families. He’s said it as a gubernatorial candidate. He’s done it as Mayor of Jersey City. He’ll do it as Governor of New Jersey.
“On the other hand, Jim McGreevey has raised property taxes 59 percent in Woodbridge, cast the deciding vote for the largest tax increase in New Jersey history, and has already pledged to increase taxes twice -- by taking away property tax rebates from 100,000 New Jersey families and raising unemployment insurance taxes on workers and businesses to finance mandatory paid family leave.
“That’s why the 335,000 members of the bi-partisan National Taxpayers Union endorsed Bret Schundler for Governor of New Jersey at the Statehouse today. They know that Bret Schundler is the only candidate for Governor who has the courage to say ‘NO’ to the special interests and cut taxes to get New Jersey’s economy moving forward again.
“We saw enthusiastic support for Bret’s tax-cutting agenda today at a rally today sponsored by the ‘Committee for Property Tax Reform’ on the steps of the Statehouse in Trenton. This local citizens’ group’s cry for ‘lower taxes’ is a message that Bret has heard loud and clear as he has traveled across the state in the ‘Empowerment Express.’
“The Schundler ‘Empowerment Express’ also has scheduled stops at two New Jersey hi-tech companies, Iridian Technologies in Moorestown and Sengen in Mount Laurel, to explain why his targeted business tax cuts -- eliminating capital gains taxes in urban areas, allowing businesses to accelerate the depreciation of their capital investment, and allowing businesses to offset their future profits against their current losses -- will help New Jersey economy recover from its current slowdown.
“Rather than impose new and higher taxes on workers and businesses, like Jim McGreevey did during the Florio years and has proposed to do again if elected Governor, Bret knows that if we don’t find a way to give New Jersey’s businesses tax relief, then hundreds of thousands of families will lose their jobs - just like they did after the Florio-McGreevey tax increase.
“By the way, why wasn’t Jim McGreevey at today’s non-partisan property tax reform rally at the Statehouse? Our best guess is that he’s still trying to figure out how to make government ‘live within its means.’ Bret Schundler already knows how to do that … WITHOUT RAISING TAXES.”