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State Sen. Declan O'Scanlon (R-Little Silver). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

O’Scanlon attacks Murphy on tax comments

Governor said NJ might now be state for those with taxes as single issue

By Nikita Biryukov, October 03 2019 1:12 pm

A Republican state senator attacked Gov. Phil Murphy over comments the governor 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 don’t like it, get out? That’s no way to treat the employers who are providing jobs and benefits for New Jersey families,” State Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said. “Murphy is so obsessed with spending money on his leftist priorities that he is daring employers to load up the trucks and leave. That’s a dangerous message that may cost people their jobs.”

New Jersey has some of the state taxes in the nation, a fact Republicans frequently point to in campaigns and on the Senate and Assembly floors.

Democrats, and Murphy especially, attempt to blunt those attacks by listing the payoffs New Jersey residents get in return for their high taxes.

“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.

The exchange is nothing new.

Statehouse Republicans — and even some Democrats — have long bashed Murphy over the governor’s often-favoring stance on taxes as a solution to the state’s fiscal woes.

“He should be listening to everyone who is telling him they can’t pay more and the many analysts and independent ratings agencies sounding the alarm that New Jersey is headed for disaster if we don’t get our fiscal house in order,” O’Scanlon said. “Suggesting our highest earning — and the top-taxpaying — residents might be better off leaving is exactly the wrong message.”

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