(WEST ORANGE, OCTOBER 31) - Schundler for Governor campaign manager Bill Pascoe issued the following statement concerning Jim McGreevey’s flip-flops on the need for senior property tax relief, his support for Gov. Florio’s tax hikes, and his support for Gov. Whitman’s income tax cuts:
“Desperate candidates do desperate things. As I have said countless times before, Jim McGreevey will ‘do anything and say anything’ to fulfill his lifelong dream of being elected Governor. Take a look at his inconsistent, evasive and hypocritical statements on cutting taxes for New Jersey’s seniors.
“In 1997, during his first unsuccessful run for Governor, Jim McGreevey went on record as opposing Republican efforts to freeze property taxes for New Jersey seniors. According to the October 8 edition of the Bergen Record, Rich McGrath (the perennial spokesperson for Jim McGreevey, the perennial gubernatorial candidate) said Jim OPPOSED Republican efforts to freeze property taxes for seniors, ‘Freezing property taxes at the highest rate in the nation [for seniors] is a disservice to all citizens.’
“Now, four years later, with no senior property tax relief plan of his own, Jim McGreevey apparently wants to take credit for the Republican Legislature’s plan to expand the income limits of Governor Whitman’s senior property tax freeze - touting it as ‘HIS’ plan to help seniors keep up with rising property taxes. However, everyone knows that that the Republican Legislature will likely vote to expand the senior tax freeze BEFORE the next Governor takes office.
“In other words, Jim McGreevey has no plan to help seniors who are struggling to pay their property taxes, and like the career-machine-politician that he is, Jim is simply giving lip service to a Republican tax cut initiative he knows will become law with or without his support.
“In contrast, Bret Schundler has offered a simple and straightforward senior property tax relief program. He would simply exempt EVERY senior homeowner in New Jersey from paying 50 percent of their school taxes, which would save the average senior in New Jersey over $1,200 per year in property taxes.
“So let’s recap: Jim McGreevey cast the deciding vote in favor of Governor Florio’s $2.8 billion tax increase, which he now claims to regret. Jim McGreevey then voted in support of some of Governor Whitman’s income tax cuts, which he now criticizes. And finally, Jim McGreevey attacked Republican efforts to institute a property tax freeze for seniors, but he now champions the program’s expansion as a central component of his property tax relief plan.
“Jim McGreevey’s record on taxes -- flip-flop, flop-flip, flip-flop. Questions? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?”