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Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt. Photo by Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe.

Steinhardt says Murphy state of the state address out of touch

Governor touted progressive policies in state of the state

By Nikita Biryukov, January 14 2020 7:05 pm

Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt slammed Gov. Phil Murphy’s state of the state address, calling the governor’s continued pursuit of progressive policies a mismatch for New Jersey.

“I say this candidly, I think his progress of today is the middle class’s poverty of tomorrow. It’s what I’ve been saying from day one: Phil Murphy’s policies are tearing apart New Jersey’s families, they’re killing New Jersey’s jobs,” Steinhardt said. “Our kids can’t afford to start lives here. Our parents and grandparents can’t afford to retire here.”

During his speech, Murphy touted progressive policies, like the $15 minimum wage, passed over the last year and pledged once more to pursue a tax on the state’s millionaires.

Though his push will likely again be blocked by Democratic legislative leaders, Steinhardt warned that Murphy’s push for a tax on high earners would hurt the state’s middle-class residents.

“People aren’t falling for the same old line. Every one of them understands that when you’re talking about raising people’s taxes they ultimately come home to roost in the houses of the state’s middle class,” Steinhardt said. “And that’s why I say you’ve got Democrats who are simply debating which taxes to raise and where they’re going to impose them.”

To Steinhardt, the fix to the problems he said Murphy creates is simple: He wants voters to elect more Republicans.

“The solutions Republicans are offering will allow families to live here, not force them to leave,” he said.

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