STAFFORD AND LONG BEACH ISLAND - Following the conclusion of State budget deliberations which centered on how much to raise taxes, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove reemphasized the pressing need to control government spending and oppose extreme taxation policies that drive residents out of the state.

"While we certainly had our disagreements with Governor Christie, the bipartisan conversation with Democrats almost always centered on cutting taxes with the understanding that New Jersey is unaffordable for far too many taxpayers and businesses."

“Now, with one-party control of Trenton, a circus-like atmosphere took hold over budget deliberations as new tax and fee increases were proposed on a daily basis with no discussion or consideration, whatsoever, given to actually cutting state spending. It would be almost comical if the stakes weren’t so high for our state.

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“Governor Murphy and the majority party legislative leadership brought the state to the brink of another shutdown, not over if taxes should be increased but what taxes should be increased. Not only was this a disservice to residents whose lives would have been disrupted by a shutdown, but it demonstrated a failure to learn from past mistakes.

“Based on what we saw over the last month, it’s highly doubtful that tax increases in the recently signed State budget will be the last. With no apparent interest in fiscal restraint, it’s a good bet that Trenton is going to look for even more revenue in the coming years to pay for more government spending.

“Should that be the case, our delegation, as always, will stand with our constituents and vote in the best interest of the 9th Legislative District.”