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Former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Ciattarelli blasts Murphy ‘bait and switch’ budget deal

GOP gubernatorial candidate says Murphy, Democrats ‘incapable’ of fixing N.J. financial woes

By David Wildstein, September 17 2020 11:18 am

Gov. Phil Murphy is playing a “bait-and-switch” game with middle class New Jerseyans, said GOP gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli.

“Telling middle-class New Jerseyans you are giving them a tax cut after borrowing $4 billion that they’ll have to repay for thirty years, raising their gas taxes to 50 cents a gallon, and increasing their tolls by 36% is equal parts insulting and offensive,” said Ciattarelli.  “Frankly, it’s a dishonest bait and switch that proves this Governor will say or do anything to advance his tax, spend, and borrow agenda at the expense of our state’s future.”

Ciattarelli, a former assemblyman, is the only announced Republican candidate to challenge Murphy next year.

“Once again, Governor Murphy and his allies have failed the people of New Jersey,” Ciattarelli stated.  “We should not be raising taxes on anyone in a state that already pays the highest taxes and suffers from the worst rate of outmigration in the nation.”

Ciattarelli points to a budget deal that approves a millionaires tax is a reason to return the governorship to Republican hands.

“We need to fix New Jersey and this budget deal is proof that Governor Murphy and Trenton Democrats are incapable of doing so,” he said.

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