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Video:Roberts, Watson Coleman & Greenwald on Better-Than-Expected Tax Amnesty Revenue Figures

In this video press release, Assembly Speaker Joseph J. Roberts, Jr. (D-Camden), Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer) and Assembly Budget Committee Chairman Louis D. Greenwald (D-Camden) discuss Governor Jon S. Corzine’s announcement that the state’s tax amnesty program has exceeded revenue projections.

According to numbers from the state Department of Treasury, the program has collected more than $600 million – $400 million over initial projections – and represents the largest single tax amnesty program executed by any state.

The Democratic leaders said they are committed to using the money for property tax relief.

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Before Pointing Fingers At Corzine and Trenton, Scharfenberger Needs To Take A Look In the Mirror


As everyone knows Middletown’s illustrious Deputy Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, has a real knack for writing letters, he is really quite proficient at it as a matter of fact, his latest appeared recently in the Atlantic Highlands Herald.
As usual, Gerry points fingers at Governor Corzine and the Democratc in Trenton and blames them for all Middletown’s woes. Gerry conveniently forgets that many of the State’s problems started when the republicans controlled the Statehouse.
In his letter, he rants on about how the Governor and the Trenton Democrats are driving people and businesses from the State with high taxes and uncontrollable spending eventhough this years proposed State budget is almost $5 billion less than last years.
Instead of being so qwick to point a finger, Gerry Sharfenberger need to take a long look in the mirror because he and the Middletown GOPer’s could learn a few things about budgeting from the Governor. In tough economic times you need to decrease spending and make hard choices which is exaclty what the Governor and the Democrats in Trenton have done, not burry your head in the sand, point fingers and propose no solutions.
To show how silly and assinine Sharfenberger’s letter is, I replaced his references to Corzine, theTrenton Democrats and taxes with Middletown, the Republican majority and the current financial fiasco Middletown finds itself in today.
I would say 90% of the below rewrite is Scharfenberger’s words, 10% are my injections. After reading compare it to Gerry’s orginal and let me know what you think:
As the recession in Middletown continues to deepen, it appears that Deputy Mayor Scharfenberger and the majority in Middletown, are oblivious to the struggling economy and the difficulties faced by local residents.

The latest attack on the community is a proposed 9.2% tax increase to make up for a $2.5 million budget shortfall. This will devastate residents and ultimately drive the population at large to live elsewhere. At a time when New Jersey has one of the highest property tax rates in the nation and families are being forced out of the state in droves by ever-increasing fees and over-regulation, the Republican majority is heaping even more tax demands on local residents.

With home values down across the board, homeowners will have no choice but to appeal their tax bills when the recent re-evaluation is finally certified. Either way, the already overburdened Middletown homeowner loses.

A strong commercial tax base is critical to local municipalities to keep property taxes low and people employed. If the Deputy Mayor and the republican majority in Middletown wanted to jump start the local economy, they would not have rezoned hundreds of acres of commercial property along the route 35 and 36 corridor in recent years to residential and passed anti-business ordinances that eliminate the possibility of major retailers setting up shop in town.

Middletown needs to cut tens of thousands of dollars in wasteful, unnecessary government spending to re-energize local businesses and property owners, not drive them out of town.

Unfortunately, it appears that higher taxes and increased spending is simply the vision that Deputy Mayor Scharfenberger and his majority have for Middletown. Sadly, the term “Republican” from these elected officials is just a metaphor for bigger government, increased spending, and higher taxes to pay for it all.

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Governor Jon S. Corzine: A Critical Year for New Jersey

I received the following letter from Governor Corzine in my inbox this afternoon and I thought that I would share it with you. 

In the letter the Governor states that he will deliver his budget to the legislature on March 10th, which will then begin the process of addressing New Jersey’s $7 billion deficit. He also mentions that our state is not as bad off financially as other states are, while trying to make it clear that during these very difficult financial time, now is not for gimmicks or grand-standing.
I think that the Governor must be a bit of a masochist because he added a link to his an email account and new website in order for people send him personal messages. I could only imagine  what some people have to say to him,  Youch! : 

Friends-

This is an important year for New Jersey.

On March 10th, I will deliver my executive budget and begin the process of addressing our state’s $7 billion deficit. While New Jersey is significantly better off than many other states because of the action my colleagues in the legislature and I have taken during the past three years, it is critical that we continue to make responsible decisions and the right choices for New Jersey.

I believe that the national financial crisis is an opportunity to outline our priorities and take measure of our values. This is a moment to define who we are as a state, and as a people.

This is not a moment for cheap answers to our most important questions. New Jersey deserves details and direct answers, and you will continue to get both from me.

This is not a moment for short-sighted solutions and tepid half-measures. New Jersey deserves responsible, long-term solutions, and you will continue to hear detailed proposals from me.

This is not a moment for antagonistic grandstanding or political stunts. New Jersey deserves a committed partner who will work with President Obama, and you will continue to see my partnerships with leaders at the national and state level deliver real results for our working families.

This is not a moment for politically-convenient rhetoric that simplifies or downplays the difficult challenges we face. New Jersey deserves honest and serious leadership, and you have always been able to count on that from me.

New Jersey remains ahead of the curve in dealing with this national recession, and my responsibility as Governor is to insure that we stay on a course for fiscal prosperity into the future while making certain that New Jersey families have the support that they need to make it through these difficult times.

These are big challenges, and I am going to need your help.

I am going to be regularly sharing the details of my budget, initiatives, and the latest developments from Trenton and Washington DC, and I want to encourage you to share your thoughts with me via my website or by sending an email to JSC@JonCorzine09.com. I’ll be answering questions and comments regularly via email, my soon-to-be-launched new website, and other online events.

Please stand with me, our state leaders, and our Democratic partners in Washington DC as we confront these challenges. There is far too much riding on the year ahead to sit on the sidelines.

Thank you,
Governor Jon Corzine

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Governor Corzine talks Economic Stimulus, NJ Economy on CNBC, 1/29/09

If you missed it, Governor Corzine made an appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box yesterday morning. The Governor talked about President Obama’s Economic Stimulus package and what it means for New Jersey as well as the Country.

The Governor talked about New Jersey’s economy and how the State is fairing during this economic crisis. He also talked with Jack Welch about the bonuses being paid out to some of the executives on Wall Street.

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Governor Corzine talks Economic Stimulus, NJ Economy on CNBC, 1/29/09

If you missed it, Governor Corzine made an appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box yesterday morning. The Governor talked about President Obama’s Economic Stimulus package and what it means for New Jersey as well as the Country.

The Governor talked about New Jersey’s economy and how the State is fairing during this economic crisis. He also talked with Jack Welch about the bonuses being paid out to some of the executives on Wall Street.

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Governor Corzine asks citizens to volunteer their time this holiday season

To find out how you can get involved locally go to www.endhungernj.org and click on donations. There you will find a list of food pantries and soup kitchens in your area

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Governor Corzine asks citizens to volunteer their time this holiday season

To find out how you can get involved locally go to www.endhungernj.org and click on donations. There you will find a list of food pantries and soup kitchens in your area

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Filed under Community Food Bank Of New Jersey, donations, End Hunger NJ, food banks, Governor Corzine, Jon Corzine, volunteer