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Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Steinhardt tunes messaging to tax cuts

GOP gubernatorial candidate promises school funding reform, spending reductions

By Nikita Biryukov, December 21 2020 9:11 am

Doug Steinhardt is pinning his gubernatorial hopes on tax cuts.

In a one-minute video message launched Monday, the former Republican state chairman promised to cut property taxes through school funding reform and to cut the state’s spending.

“We need an outsider with conservative values to take back New Jersey,” Steinhardt said. “I’m running for Governor because I want to take power away from the politicians that broke this State and return it to you. My plan is bold and Trenton insiders and special interests are going to hate it. That doesn’t matter to me, because I’ll be working for you.”

The challenger also pledged to bring more jobs to the state and adopt a regional approach to the pandemic.

The proposals are all light on details, and the pandemic will likely be in the rearview by the time Gov. Phil Murphy’s first term ends in January 2022, even if its impact on the state’s economy remains.

Steinhardt, a former Lopatcong mayor and the longtime Warren County Republican chairman, is also sticking to running as a political outsider, launching jabs at members of his own party in the statehouse.

“Face it, New Jersey’s in a bad spot because politicians avoided making tough decisions,” he said. “And I’m not just talking about the Democrats. Republican politicians, and we all know which ones, they went along with it too.”

So far, Steinhardt faces former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and perennial candidate Hirsh Singh in his bid for the Republican nod to take on Murphy.

“I’ll take power away from Trenton’s politicians and give it back to you,” he said. “My plan isn’t small — it can’t afford to be.  Because New Jersey’s problems are big.”

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