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Republican challengers in the 38th legislative district piled on to Gov. Phil Murphy over comments the he made at a forum at Rowan University.
On Tuesday, Murphy said New Jersey may not be the state for families and businesses whose only consideration is tax rates.
“If you’re a one issue voter and tax rate is your issue, either a family or a business, if that’s the only basis upon which you’re going to make a decision, we’re probably not your state,” Murphy said at Rowan, according to KYW Newsradio.
To Rochelle Park Mayor Michael Kazimir and Paramus Councilman Chris DiPiazza, the statement was indefensible.
The Republicans are challenging Assemblywoman Lisa Swain and Assemblyman Chris Tully.
“Gov. Murphy, people are struggling. They are struggling to keep their businesses open; struggling to retire in this state. Why? Because of the taxes you and the rest of the Trenton Democrats smother New Jerseyans with,” The challengers said. “Gov. Murphy you and the rest of Trenton Democrats are to blame for the mass exodus of our citizens, people of NJ please vote to bring common sense and a new voice to Trenton this November, because according to Gov. Murphy and Trenton Democrats, ‘if you don’t like paying taxes get out of New Jersey.’”