SOMERVILLE, NJ – State Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16th) has blasted a proposed $300M plan to renovate the governor's wing of the Statehouse.
Ciattarelli, who announced his candidacy as the Republican party candidate for governor earlier this year, criticized Gov. Chris Christie's announcement made earlier this week.
“The governor’s plan to renovate the Statehouse begs more questions than it answers," Ciattarelli said. "We just finished debating a massive but avoidable 23 cent increase in the gas tax. Now, suddenly, $300 million more debt for a Statehouse renovation without a dedicated funding stream?
“Even if there is dedicated funding, we simply cannot afford any more debt," the Hillsborough resident added. "Our crippling debt is the reason we recently suffered our tenth credit downgrade. It also raises the constitutionality of the plan. Why isn’t this debt going before voters?
“The governor’s plan lacks innovation and resourcefulness. Counties and municipal governments plan ahead on big projects to minimize debt by budgeting smaller portions over a 3 to 5 year period. The governor didn’t and also ignored restoring the Statehouse with public-private partnerships or private donations," Ciattarelli continued.
“The Statehouse needs to be renovated and workers deserve safe working conditions. However, the proposed plan is emblematic of New Jersey’s irresponsible fiscal policy and cause for taxpayers’ continued frustration and anger.”