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

Ciattarelli says N.J. Supreme Court got borrowing decision wrong

GOP gubernatorial candidate wants Constitutional Convention to empower ‘people to take back our state’

By David Wildstein, August 12 2020 1:07 pm

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli slammed the New Jersey Supreme Court for allow Gov. Phil Murphy to borrow up to $10 million to fill budget shortfalls created by the coronavirus.

The top court’s ruling was unanimous.

That is why it is so infuriating and disappointing to see the Court reverse course and approve Governor Murphy’s reckless $10 billion borrowing scheme today,” said Ciattarelli, a former assemblyman who is the only announced candidate seeking to take on Murphy next year.

“Let me be blunt – the Court got this wrong and the consequences for generations of taxpayers will be catastrophic,” he said.

Ciattarelli called the unanimous ruling “another slap in the face to New Jersey taxpayers who have for too long been victimized by irresponsible Trenton politicians.”

He slapped the court for mishandling key issues like school funding and high-density housing over the past few decades, citing the 2004  Lance v. McGreevey decision to constitutionally prohibit borrowing to balance the state budget and bonding without voter approval.

The Court’s unwillingness to play their role in ending this madness makes one thing very clear: we need a new Governor, a new Legislature, and a new and a grassroots movement to make it happen. That includes a Constitutional Convention that empowers people to take back our state,” Ciattarelli said.  “We need to fix New Jersey, and I am more determined than ever to see that we do.”

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