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GOP leaders caution Murphy on taxes

By David Wildstein, February 05 2018 5:41 pm

New Jersey Republicans came close to ending Gov. Phil Murphy’s honeymoon today with a statement from the party’s big three — State Chairman Doug Steinhardt, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean (R-Westfield) and Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) —  announcing a “shared commitment to protect New Jersey families form the dangerous agendas of Democrats at all levels of government and to promote the Republican ideas that will make our state more affordable and prosperous.”

“NJ Republicans stand together ready to offer a responsible alternative to Bob Menendez, Nancy Pelosi and Phil Murphy’s liberal agenda of promised tax hikes, cumbersome government regulations, and misplaced priorities,” said Steinhardt. “We’re ready to fight for all New Jerseyans, with a collective voice, in all 21 counties, and all 565 municipalities. Now is the time for action.”

Kean says that raising taxes will “exacerbate our state’s biggest problem.

“Republicans stand united behind our solutions and ideas to transform the Garden State into a place where affordability and opportunity abound,” Kean said.

Bramnick pledged to work with Democrats to reduce property taxes, but hinted that his willingness to be bi-partisan has some limits.

“Republicans may be in the minority, but we will stand up for the people of this state in a civil and serious manner,” said Bramnick.

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