Republican candidates in the 16th legislative district attacked their Democratic rivals over the state’s laggard economic recovery Friday.
“Assemblymen Zwicker, Freiman and Mayor Jaffer are politicians that are part of the problem. They dumped 100% of the pain of the pandemic on the shoulders of the private sector and in particular small business,” former Rep. Mike Pappas, Hunterdon Central Regional Board of Education President Vinny Panico and Manville Councilman Joe Lukac said in a joint statement. “Now, their tax, spend and borrow first, ask questions later mentality is compounding the problem and stymieing recovery.
Pappas is challenging Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-South Brunswick) for the State Senate seat held by Kip Bateman (R-Branchburg), who is not seeking re-election this year.
Panico and Lukac are running for seats in the lower chamber against Assemblyman Roy Freiman (D-Hillsborough) and former Montgomery Mayor Sadaf Jaffer.
A report released Thursday found New Jersey had clawed back just 53.7% of the jobs it lost during the pandemic. The figures put the state’s recovery among the worst in the nation.
“We need elected leaders that will advocate for small business and foster and nurture their needs in this critical time. We are running because we have the experience and commitment to make that happen,” the Republicans said.