SOMERVILLE, NJ – Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, candidate for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, said the May 22 vote in the lower house demonstrates how out-of-touch Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno’s liberal stance on cap and trade is with Republican voters in New Jersey, as a bill to return the state to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) passed 46-27 without a single Republican vote in support.
 
“What good is a Republican Governor if they plan to side with the Democratic majority over Republican legislators to enact a massive new tax on every resident of the state?” Ciattarelli said in a campaign release from his state headquarters on Main Street. Ciattarelli voted against A-4701 and has made the issue a point of contrast with Guadagno on the campaign trail.

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“The Lt. Governor likes to talk about how she opposes taxes but her actions speak louder than words.  Kim voted to increase property taxes over 10% in just two years as a Monmouth Beach Commissioner; watched property taxes grow to new record highs on her watch over the last 7+ years as Lt. Governor; and now is siding with Trenton Democrats to pass a massive new electricity tax that will make our state less affordable and even more hostile to business.”
 
Ciattarelli called the cap and trade issue a major issue in the Republican Primary for Governor.
 
“If you want Obama-style cap and trade in New Jersey, vote for Kim Guadagno,” said Ciattarelli.  “If you want a Republican Governor who will stand up to the Democrats on issues like cap and trade and has a detailed plan to reform our tax code and cut taxes for everyone, vote for me.”

The Republican Gubernatoraial Primary is June 6th.