Senator Jennifer Beck fired the first shot in one of the new year’s opening session of the New Jersey State Senate.
To a packed chamber, the feisty freshman Senator stated “New Jersey’s fiscal mess is one of the worst in the country, and the responsibility for being worse off than other States comes from Corzine” . “Corzine refuses to acknowledge that his tax and toll increases, unsustainable spending increases, and a job-killing COAH/housing subsidy bill have made things worse and can’t be blamed on others.”
She added “Every time Corzine is asked about New Jersey’s fiscal mess, he refuses to accept any responsibility,”
When first campaigning for Governor, then U.S. Senator Jon Corzine promised to control state spending, yet once elected, during the first six months of is misadministration, he raised taxes by almost $2 billion dollars. Now that he is up for re-election, New Jersey has a budget gap of $2.1 billion dollars, an amount that surpasses the revenue of the increased taxes that he initially initiated. His most try at to closing the worsening gap came with an announcement that decared he was going to to slash the state budget as much as $812 million dollars by targeting things such as adolescent illiteracy where he can eliminate as much as $ 11 thousand.
These recent attempts at controlling spending are miniscule and misdirected but almost as troubling as what we are hearing from Corzine is what we are not hearing from him.
Throughout his tenure as Governor, Corzine has been quite clandestine about budget numbers and contract negotiations. Republican lawmakers have recently filed lawsuits which seek to have the Governor reveal certain figures and there is currently a case in the courts that deals with secret emails between the Governor and his former girlfriend Carla Katz regarding how the two negotiated a state contract with a local Communication Workers Union, one of the state’s most powerful unions of which Katz was thePresident of at the time.
As most of us know, Governor Corzine has been doing everything but govern. The past few years have been an example of a man who has been controlled by events and unable to control any events. More than that, he has been unable to cope with events. The state of New Jersey has spiraled out of economic control and it began to do so long before the rest of the nation entered troubled economic territory.
For the average person, under Corzine, New Jersey has become increasingly unaffordable and the quality of life in the Garden State has done anything but improve. It is part of the reason for declines in population which will cost the state a congressional seat after the 2010 census. It is a result of people fleeing New Jersey for more affordable states with more opportunity and more economic freedom.
For these reasons Senator Beck joined with State Senator Kevin O’Toole, ( R )-Bergen, and called upon the Governor to “ finally accept some responsibility for New Jersey’s fiscal mess” and adopt what they called “three bipartisan common-sense ideas to make New Jersey more affordable and hold government accountable”.
The proposa urges the governor to:
Listen to bipartisan calls in the senate to postpone, and make substantial reforms to, a job crushing COAH/housing subsidy law.
Listen to bipartisan calls in the senate for additional spending cuts. (See $1.2 billion in spending cuts proposed by Republicans)
Listen to bipartisan calls in the Senate to derail a Corzine proposal to let local government skip pension payments until after his reelection.
All of the above are reasonable and realistic steps, that few could rationally argue against and that even fewer can see reason not to accept.
So we are quite proud of Senator Beck. We are proud of her many legislative initiatives targeted at turning things around New Jersey, including the aforementioned bipartisan proposal.
We are proud of her many efforts to open the legislative process up to the public, eliminate government corruption and to reform government in New Jersey. We are also proud of and grateful for her taking the lead once again and demanding that Governor Corzine at least try to effectively deal with the mess that he has only made worse up to now.
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