Source: Asbury Park Press -
The following are statement issued in response to Gov. Chris Christie’s State of the State address delivered Tuesday:
Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union:
“The people of New Jersey have every reason to be optimistic about the future based on Governor Christie’s proven track record over the last four years. Reducing property taxes, eliminating unused sick leave payouts and improving education must be the Legislature’s top priorities. If our focus remains on solving issues by listening to each other and working together rather than trying to score political points, we can achieve great things in the new legislative session.”
Assemblyman David Rible, R-Monmouth:
“As a result of the governor’s strong leadership and commitment to fiscal responsibility and government reform the past four years, New Jersey’s economy is no longer on life support, but is healthy and growing. During the past four years we have regained nearly all the 156,000 jobs lost last decade when Democrat tax and spend policies were the norm.
“Governor Christie today has made it clear he remains committed to protecting taxpayers and the business community by advocating for tax relief and unused sick time payout reform which will cost taxpayers more than $900 million. As a former law enforcement officer, I am especially pleased he continues to make the war on crime a priority as well.
“I hope our Democrat colleagues will put political posturing aside and join us in our commitment to keep New Jersey moving in the right direction.”
Assemblyman Scott Rumana, R-Passaic:
“Just four short years ago, New Jersey was on the brink of bankruptcy. Under the leadership of Gov. Christie we have made great progress during his first term in office by giving taxpayers four responsible balanced budgets without increasing taxes. We have also kept spending and property taxes under control while reforming the public employee pension and healthcare system that will save taxpayers $120 billion over 30 years.
“His proposals for the coming year, which include a long-overdue and much needed tax cut for our residents and businesses as well as eliminating the costly practice of paying public employees for unused sick time, will keep New Jersey on a sound fiscal track moving forward.”
Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, R-Monmouth:
“Gov. Christie’s leadership over the past four years, has helped New Jersey weather the most sustained recession on record. In spite of the economic impact of the Superstorm, unemployment is falling at a record pace, and since February 2010, sustained job creation has replaced almost every one of the 156,000 private sector jobs lost during in the decade before Gov. Christie came to Trenton.
“There is more to be done to help New Jersey taxpayers hold on to more of their pay checks. Working together, the Governor and the Legislature have capped property taxes, and with a little more bipartisan cooperation, we can cut those property taxes by agreeing on further reforms, like resolving the issue of ‘unused sick leave,’ a $900 million expense for taxpayers.”
Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, R-Monmouth:
“New Jersey is moving forward on momentum fueled by our having passed the most sweeping reforms in the state in the last 50 years. Both sides of the aisle deserve credit for that, and Gov. Christie deserves credit for his leadership in making it happen.
“Bipartisan cooperation has given us four balanced budgets and reigned in spending. Working together, we have reformed pension and health benefits, capped property taxes, and helped bring jobs and economic opportunity back to New Jersey.
“I look forward to working together with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, with Gov. Christie’s continued leadership, to complete the work we have started, and to deliver the tax relief that is so desperately needed by all New Jersey taxpayers.”
Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco, R-Morris:
“Governor Christie’s remarks clearly show that he remains focused on the primary goals of delivering relief to taxpayers, creating good-paying jobs in the private sector and improving our education system.
“Given the bipartisan success we have achieved since Governor Christie came to office, such as property tax cap and pension reforms, taxpayers have every reason to be confident that they will remain the top priority. We need to continue to grow our economy and the opportunity to cut taxes 10 percent across the board will help achieve that goal and keep us competitive with our neighboring states. Eliminating unused sick payouts and encouraging the sharing of services are other reforms that will help ease the burden on taxpayers.
“We have made great progress over the last four years, but much remains to be accomplished. I hope that we can continue to work together in a bipartisan manner on addressing the important issues that will help make New Jersey more affordable and allow the people of our state to prosper.”