(This article was written by guest blogger Richie)
Just over a month ago we witnessed the most expensive campagins for the title of "Governor of New Jersey". Both candidates (Jon Corzine and Doug Forrester) promised us New Jersey residents that we would see some type of property tax relief if they were elected. 30-in-three, 40-in-four, either way you slice it, I don't think we'll be relieved of anything.
In fact, Corzine today already backed out against his promise not to raise the gas tax.
Story on WWW.NJ.COM:Corzine ends his vow to leave gas tax alonehttp://www.nj.com/news/ledger/index.ssf?/base/news-4/1134538963136100.xml&coll=1
Corzine acknowledged his position has shifted along with prices at the pump. "I vowed not to do it at $3 a gallon, that's for sure," he said. "When it was down at the levels we're in right now, I said I hadn't taken it off the table."
In July, Corzine initially said the state "must find alternatives" to increasing the gas tax. Two days later, under pressure from labor leaders who support it, he said it had to be on the table but should be a last resort. His Republican rival, Douglas Forrester, hammered away at him on the issue as gas prices soared in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Then, during a radio debate on NJ 101.5 in October, Corzine said flatly: "There will be no gas tax hike in a Corzine administration, particularly after we've seen a $1.50 rise in the price of gasoline. I'm proposing we have a tax holiday."
Gee Corzine, you're not even in office yet, and you're already backing down from the claims you made to get in office.In his speech to business executives yesterday, Corzine also offered his first assessment of the overall budget situation he will inherit when he takes office next month. He concluded, "We've got some serious, serious financial challenges ahead."
I'd suggest first slashing some internal budgets before you hit up tax payers. There's probably tons of government sponsored projects that could be slashed to save money. Did we really need a $260,000 expense
to find a new slogan for New Jersey? New Jersey doesn't need a new slogan, we need tax relief.
Our new slogan should be: "NJ: Where is our tax holiday?"