Statements about Taxes
"Barbara Buono by the numbers: As a Trenton politician, she voted to raise taxes 154 times. Under her, property taxes up 70 percent. Backed a 16 percent sales tax increase. Utilities, nursing homes, cell phones, parking lots, lottery wins, gyms – She taxed them all. Architect of Corzine’s budget, she drove New Jersey $2 billion into debt. Barbara Buono by the numbers: taking New Jersey backwards."
"Jon Corzine, elected governor. Teams up with Barbara Buono. $1.2 billion sales tax increase? Passed. Most spending in state history? Passed. After Buono named budget chair, taxes and fees increase 23 times in just two years. State debt? Up $13.4 billion. Unemployment? Doubled."
"To hear Gov. Christie tell it, everything in New Jersey is going just fine. Well I see another New Jersey with 400,000 unemployed. One of the worst jobless rates in the country. Working and middle class families have seen costs soar, from property taxes to college tuition."
"Buono voted 154 times to raise our taxes -- like the sales tax, the income tax, health care taxes, even small business taxes."
"Under Republican Governor Chris Christie, tolls cost more. Train and bus rides cost more. College tuition goes up. But Christie protected a tax cut for millionaires."
"Four balanced budgets in a row, with no new taxes for anyone. The best job growth in 12 years. Nearly 130,000 new private-sector jobs. Merit pay to reward New Jersey’s best teachers, and the most education funding ever."
"The Internal Revenue code has ballooned to a 5,600-page, 4 million-word complicated mess that is seven times as long as the Bible with none of the good news."
"The United States currently has the highest corporate tax rate in the world."
"The people who were running the budget, in the Corzine years, decided to steal from the unemployment trust fund. … As did other Governors before. We simply don’t do that, haven’t done it, and won’t permit it."
"Governor Christie, his idea of jumpstarting the economy is to propose a trickle-down income tax cut last year and in his budget address this year, he stated his support for it again."
"Property taxes had increased 70 percent in the previous 10 years."
"We have a governor who's vetoed measures like increasing our minimum wage and restoring the earned income tax cut."
Says Chris Christie’s plan "to kick-start our economy" is to propose an "income tax cut that disproportionately benefits the wealthy, and...he's still proposing it."
Says "how much money the government is collecting from people...in terms of the gross domestic product" is "the lowest in 40, 50 years."
"A far different picture from the prior eight years, which saw 115 increases in taxes and fees."
Says New Jersey is "50th in return of our federal tax dollars."
"Now remember, property taxes went up 70 percent in the 10 years before I became governor."
Says the United States has the "highest corporate tax rate in the world."
"The income tax that started at 2 percent under Governor Byrne is now 9 percent."
"Bob Menendez actually voted in favor of higher taxes more than 70 times!"
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