The North Shore Exponent will NOT be giving an endorsement for who will become New Jersey’s next Governor. Despite voters are making a critical decision on who will lead the once proud Garden State of New Jersey out of the recession, no candidate for Governor out of all three has made a convincing case to the voters in which they are ready to lead New Jersey out of the recession.
High taxes, corruption, and a unaccountable government dominate the Garden State. New Jersey for many years was a national economic leader in creating jobs. However, the state is one of the most unaffordable places in America to live. New Jersey according to the Tax Foundation has the worst small business climate in the nation along with having the highest local property taxes in the nation.
People that have lived in New Jersey all their lives had to make the decision to move to states like Pennsylvania, Delaware, Nevada, North Dakota, North Carolina, and Texas which are lower tax states. People bailed out on the Garden State because these people know that their government has failed them.
Despite Chris Daggett may have been taking credit for being an independent voice for New Jersey, he would not be the right person for Governor. This is evidenced by his stance for expanding the sales tax and increasing tolls in New Jersey despite he is promising property tax relief for the overburdened taxpayers of the Garden State.
New Jersey citizens do not want increased tolls that Daggett is proposing as citizens took action by killing a 800% toll hike scheme proposed by Governor Corzine in 2008. Also, New Jersey citizens opposed Question One in 2007 in which was aimed at increasing New Jersey’s sales tax from seven to eight percent. In 2006, the sales tax was at six percent. The people from New Jersey made their voices loud and clear on these two occasions because New Jerseyans are fed up with the high cost of living. Any smart voter who remember these two occasions will not be suckered by Daggett’s cost raising schemes.
Chris Christie has been nothing but a joke as a Republican candidate. Christie who may win the race by the hairs of his chin will realize he does not have a Republican base of support like he may think. This is evidenced by 44 percent of Republican voters in the Garden State stood up and voted for Steve Lonegan in the June primary election.
The North Shore Exponent endorsed the former New Jersey State Director of Americans for Prosperity and the former Bogota Mayor earlier this year because Lonegan had the best plan to get New Jersey back again to being a national economic leader. Lonegan had a plan aimed at having a flat tax in New Jersey and ending the bogus property tax rebate system in which has screwed property owners and taxpayers in New Jersey. If Lonegan won the nomination for the GOP, this race would be over right now.
The state GOP leadership in New Jersey has proven again that they are the reason for producing such a joke like Chris Christie. States like New York, New Jersey, and Maine have been nothing but a breeding ground for Republican in Name Only (RINO) candidates. But, with a RINO Governor candidate like Chris Christie and three RINO Congressmen who voted for Cap and Trade in June, the state leadership should be ashamed for the candidates they produce. The same 44 percent of conservatives who voted for Steve Lonegan should demand new, conservative leadership from their party.
Lastly, Jon Corzine has proven he is not a good leader for New Jersey on the basis if he could run an investment bank to the ground, he did sure run a once proud state to the ground in his first term as Governor. The people of the Garden State can do better without a former failed Wall Street investment banker running their state as New Jersey needs to get rid of Corzine once and for all. However, the voters of New Jersey have been short changed with no real conservative alternative for Governor. The people of the Garden State have been conned enough by their government, they want to take back New Jersey, but because no candidate has made a clear case for taking back New Jersey this is why I will not endorse any of the three candidates for Governor.