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“I ask you – the citizens of New Jersey, hold me accountable”

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“I ask you – the citizens of New Jersey, hold me accountable”

Jon Corzine January 17th 2006

From Jon Corzine’s 2005 election campaign:

Responsible. Corzine has a plan to grow state revenues from a growing economy, and

make specific spending cuts. This is the only responsible way to make more state funds

available for direct property tax relief without raising other taxes.

Effective. Corzine’s plan gives direct rebates to homeowners and renters who need them;

rebates are guaranteed to grow 10% per year – or 40% over 4 years.

Accountable. Corzine will hold local governments and school districts accountable for their

spending. He will push for a new, elected State Comptroller with jurisdiction over local

government, and he will expand incentive programs for smart management and reduced

spending by local governments. Corzine will also work to eliminate unfunded mandates.

And he will end the “corruption tax” at all levels of government, to make sure taxpayers are

not paying for sweetheart contracts and corruption.

Lasting. Corzine will ensure lasting relief by hard-wiring rebates into the state budget, and

by keeping NJ’s economy competitive to keep revenues growing. Also, Corzine strongly

advocates for a Citizens’ Convention on property taxes to bring long-term structural relief

and permanently reduce the property tax burden.

Since Corzine has been in office:

In July 2009 a major corruption probe led to the arrests of 44 New Jersey officials, in which 43 were Democrats. A member of Jon Corzine’s cabinet, Commissioner of Community Affairs Joseph Doria was raided by the FBI.

A New York Times poll in 2009 found that 51% of state residents disapproved of how Corzine was handling corruption in the state. Even worse, 77% complained that corruption would either increase or stay the same if Corzine was re-elected.

On the way to an unimportant publicity meeting on April 13, 2007, Corzine ordered his police driver to go at high speeds, and refused to wear a seat belt. In the resulting crash the air bag did not work and Corzine was inches from death.

Under Governor Corzine New Jersey was ranked as the worst business climate of any state by the Tax Foundation, and overall has the highest tax burden in the nation.

Since Corzine took office, property taxes have risen 17%, twice the rate of inflation.

The state budget deficit has increased from $3.6 billion to $10 billion.

Foreclosed homes have increased 31%, one of the highest in the nation, and the unemployment rate has risen from 4.8% to 9.8%, higher than any of it’s neighboring states

In response to the rising deficit Corzine has proposed eliminating New Jersey’s property tax rebates, which provides tax relief in the state of New Jersey, which already has the highest property taxes in the nation. Corzine has already cut $382.5 million from the rebate program in June 2008.

I agree with Jon Corzine, let’s hold him accountable. Please remember to vote on Tuesday

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