The 18th District Democratic Team of Peter Barnes for State Senate and Patrick Diegnan and Nancy Pinkin for State Assembly today called shenanigans on their Republican opponents for their attempt to take credit for jobs and small business growth sustained by Democratic policies supported by Democrats in the Legislature.

“Under Robert Bengivenga’s supposed ‘leadership' in South Plainfield, the borough has seen regressing business growth,” said Diegnan, a lifelong resident of South Plainfield. “In the midst of a nationwide economic recession that left many middle class families looking for work, Rob Bengivenga slashed the economic development budget of South Plainfield by nearly 60 percent. Just drive down South Clinton Avenue in South Plainfield, once an economic and industrial hub of the community, and you can see what a Bengivenga-Tea Party inspired economic policy will look like – a litany of for sale signs, abandoned factories and no new development because of a lack of government investment. New Jersey and the middle-class families of the 18th District simply cannot afford Bengivenga as their representative.”

Barnes, Diegnan and Pinkin also pointed out the hypocrisy of visiting a corporation that has been the beneficiary of $4.59 million in solar tax credits and rebates -- made possible due to Assemblyman Diegnan and Barnes’ efforts in the state Legislature.

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“It’s curious that the Republicans chose to visit Halls Warehouse Corporation, which built its solar installation due to Assemblyman Diegnan and my efforts to support and strengthen the NJ Clean Energy Program,” added Barnes. “Our Republican opponents are confirming that Democratic efforts of continually investing in emerging technologies and alternative energy are creating new green jobs better than we could. During our opponents’ tour, they should have stopped by Petra Solar, Inc. and Glopak Corporation in South Plainfield to see how Patrick and I have helped them as well.”

“New Jersey is the second largest market in the U.S. for solar energy,” said Pinkin, an East Brunswick councilwoman.  “Thanks to the work of Democrats, New Jersey’s solar industry has provided jobs, investment and energy security for years to come to places like Halls Warehouse. New alternative energy sources, such as solar, are creating jobs and driving investment in New Jersey. Together with Peter and Patrick, we'll continue to build partnerships between companies and educational institutions such as Rutgers and Middlesex County College to provide a pipeline of research and innovation to help the business community create jobs for New Jersey in New Jersey."

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