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Cumberland County Republican Chairman Michael Testa, Jr.

Testa hits Murphy over Wildwood boardwalk funding veto

State Senate candidate says governor using that money to fund abortions

By Nikita Biryukov, August 23 2019 3:44 pm

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Cumberland County Republican Chairman Michael Testa launched an attack at Gov. Phil Murphy over his veto of a bill that would have provided $4 million to the Greater Wildwoods Tourism and Development Authority.

“First Governor Murphy slashed our school funding by millions while giving tuition aid to illegal immigrants.  Now, he’s vetoing millions more for the Wildwood Boardwalk Improvement so he can fund America’s number one abortion provider, Planned Parenthood — it’s unconscionable,” said the state senate candidate said.

Earlier this week, Senate President Steve Sweeney vowed to secure funding for the two Planned Parenthood chapters in the state after they withdrew from the Title X program following a federal rule change that blocked Title X recipients from referring patients to health care providers that offer abortions.

Sweeney is looking to secure $9 million in funding.

Murphy said he would stand beside planned parenthood but has not publicly commented on Sweeney’s fundraising proposal.

Testa is seeking to oust State Sen. Bob Andrzejczak in the first legislative district.

“Once again, where is the Silent Senator, Bob Andrzejczak, on this key issue?” Testa said. “Sadly, the Senator too often remains quiet when it comes to the havoc being wreaked by Trenton Democrats on South Jersey, for fear that angering them will jeopardize the millions of dollars in special interest campaign contributions they have earmarked to save his political career this November.”

At this point in the campaign, Testa has repeatedly hurled barbs at the Democratic governor in an effort to flip back the first legislative district’s Senate seat, which Andrzejcak won last year after Rep. Jeff Van Drew took his seat in Congress.

His attacks on Andrzejczak have largely included Murphy’s name in one way or another.

“Bob is a good man, and I’m sure I would enjoy grabbing a beer with him. However, he belongs to a Democratic Party that is robbing our families of a quality education, property tax relief, and necessary tourism investment,” Testa said. “Let’s do the math – Murphy’s recent school funding and tourism cuts amount to more than $80 for every man, woman, and child in Cape May County.”

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