One of Gov. Phil Murphy’s possible Republican opponents wants New Jersey to follow New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s lead and “exercise economic restraint” as the state deals with the financial crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic.
“As we emerge from one crisis, I appeal to Governor Murphy not to plunge us deeper into another one,” said Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt. “The telltale signs of a state economic collapse are here and we need our Democratic leaders to reject their reflex to plug budget holes with big loans and bigger tax increases.”
Steinhardt said the Republican message “is simple and clear: no new taxes.”
“Our children couldn’t afford to start their lives here, and our parents and grandparents couldn’t afford to retire here, even before this pandemic started,” Steinhardt said. “Decades of liberal taxing and spending came home to roost and they’re tearing New Jersey families apart.”
Steinhardt is asking for “tax holidays that increase taxpayers’ available cash, not tax increases that reduce it, updating outdated school funding formulas and antiquated COAH requirements, helping the nearly one million unemployed New Jerseyans who need benefits, jobs and answers, improving our worst-in-the-nation tax climate through tax-cutting policies that make New Jersey more affordable, not less, streamlining approvals and cutting red tape to keep businesses open and people working, and repurposing our profit centers and investing in ourselves and our businesses.”
Murphy has just one announced opponent, former Republican Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-Hillsborough). Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) is also mulling a run against Murphy.
Former Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries and Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D-Roselle) have said that are considering challenging Murphy in the Democratic primary.