Officials in Warren County are attacking former Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski over the candidate’s support of a repeal of the federal tax law congressional Republicans passed last year.
Of particular issue is the Opportunity Zone program included in that law, which creates tax incentives for investors to revitalize communities still struggling in the wake of the Great Recession.
“Tom Malinowski’s liberal positions might make him popular with Nancy Pelosi and her crowd but the city of Phillipsburg will benefit greatly from the Opportunity Zones law,” said Phillipsburg Council President Robert Fulper. “He wants to throw the baby out with the bath water and eliminate a program that is truly doing good for our community. Warren County voters cannot afford Tom Malinowski’s out-of-touch and reckless progressive positions,”
Phillipsburg qualified for the program after a recommendation from Gov. Phil Murphy, and the program could prove a boon for the shrinking town of roughly 14,000, where 19.6% live below the poverty line.
Whether or not the little-known program proves to be a vote-moving issue remains to be seen, but candidates would be wise to learn the lesson taught to congressional Republicans when they tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act last year, only to be blockaded by voters over the law’s popular provisions, like the one forbidding insurance companies from denying coverage to customers with preexisting conditions.