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Democrats Panicking in District 1, Divert Resources From Whelan to Van Drew

The recent ELEC filings show that Democrats are panicking over District 1, as they are now diverting a significant amount of funds to incumbent Jeff Van Drew to the detriment of JIm Whelan in District 2.

Filings show that the Van Drew ticket on its own only raised $201,000 to the $209,000 raised by the DeWeese ticket, and that Democrat State Committees had to throw a desperate Van Drew $185,000 which literally went out the door the same day towards a hastily thrown together radio & TV campaign.

A little background.

The Van Drew campaign this cycle has made amatuer hour look like a Broadway production. They have no volunteer operation, no one making phone calls or knocking on doors. I’m not kidding. Go to their website and Facebook page. There are no invitations/notices telling anyone where and when they can volunteer. They have no headquarters or place to make calls from. All they have is an address where people can mail checks to. The ticket actually skipped the only major candidates forum in Cumberland County they had agreed to attend WITH NO NOTICE OR EXPLANATION! The only real campaigning they had done were radio ads with Harry Hurley and very expensive TV advertising on ESPN and TBS during the baseball playoffs. And those ads focused heavily on Matt Milam while Van Drew and Nelson Albano were afterthoughts. In the past, the trio always campaigned on Van Drew’s name.

This is in stark contrast to the DeWeese campaign, which has been aggressive and effective. Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr, in a sit down with Save Jersey, specifically praised the campaign (it’s at the end of the video), saying “DeWeese is doing an extraordinary job.” And they have been. Their aggressive style has resulted in a message that has gained traction and press. They have been agressively advertising in papers, purchasing full page color ads for the past few weeks (for those of you who do not know District 1, newspapers are not on the decline here due to the demographics of the district). They launched a strong mailer effort, as well. They have produced several impactful web videos which have gone viral (here, here and here). They have launched an aggressive cable TV ad campaign. And they have put together a top-notch grassroots volunteer effort based out of 3 different locations that has made tens of thousands of phone calls and knocked on thousands of doors. Oh, and Governor Christie just gave them a huge fundraising boost.

So when State Democrats took a break from spending big dollars to help Jim Whelan throw mud to protect one seat and take a look at District 1, they were horrified to discover that they were in real danger of losing three seats!

Now State Democrats found themselves between a rock and a hard place. They have less cash on hand than State Republicans. Polistina has more cash than Whelan. DeWeese has more cash Van Drew. Their resources are so depleted and low for state races that writing a check to one candidate denies another candidate funds. They do not have enough funds for the races they planned on supporting, let alone now having to support Van Drew, too.

So they made a painful, desperate decision. They diverted a much needed $185,000 from Jim Whelan’s campaign, which is also in desperation mode, to Van Drew for a last minute, desperation radio & TV counter offensive. This just started last week, and, just like the campaign so far, has been weak, and the CapeGOP has already effectivly countered it.

The counter offensive centers focuses on calling Dave DeWeese a liar and the Beesley’s Point Bridge.  While this issue will be the topic of an upcoming analysis, the high level of it is Van Drew went out and got the Republican Cape May County Freeholder (who is so reviled in Cape May he chose not to run for re-election because he knew he would be lucky to get 5 votes) he conned into buying the bridge to come out and say that the 100% correct DeWeese mailers were 100% wrong. In response, 50 elected Cape May County officials have called out Van Drew on his lying in a full page ad in the Cape May County Herald.

The $185,000 is already spent, and the campaign it bought has already been exposed as BS. They just wasted it all.

Democrats now have to choose between diverting more funds they don’t have from a desperate Jim Whelan to a desperate Jeff Van Drew. They only have $1.5 million left. Another $150K to Van Drew would represent 15% of the kitty. And every dollar they give to Van Drew is a dollar they have to deny to Whelan.

What’s a panicky Democrat to do?

Seen on Facebook: “Van Drew has been AWOL”

Cumberland County Freeholder & District 1 Assembly candidate Sam Fiocchi posted the following picture and comments on his Facebook profile about Senator Jeff Van Drew. It was reposted on the DeWeese, Fiocchi & Walters Facebook page.

Have you seen this child?
From a Cumberland County perspective, Van Drew has been AWOL.

Jeff Van Drew Missed the candidates’ forum in Cumberland Co. after promising to show.
Jeff Van Drew Insisted that the one debate between him and DeWeese be in Cape May County, because Cumberland County voters do not matter to Jeff Van Drew.

Van Drew: “At the End of the Day, I Stick With My Party!”

Jeff Van Drew just shattered his own carefully crafted illusion.

We all know Democratic Senator Jeff Van Drew lives and dies by the perception that voters in District 1 view him as Republican like in his stances even though he is a Democrat. And even though he votes true Democrat blue in Trenton, he does his best to convince his constituents that he is just this close to registering as a Republican.

But First District Republicans recently obtained information related to an obscure (now disgraced) Lou Magazzu-era video of a 2009 Democratic rally where Democratic State Senator Jeff Van Drew made an appearance.  In an uncharacteristic lack of discipline on camera, Van Drew strayed from his carefully honed post-partisan script, shouting to the crowd.

“I damn well know one thing,” Van Drew says.  “I’m a Democrat.  And I damn well know, at the end of the day, I stick with my party.”


Straight from the dentist’s mouth, folks. He’s not bi-partisan, he’s not a reformer, he’s knows damn well he’s Democrat who stands with his party for big government and bigger taxes!

“This is a crushing blow to the Van Drew post-partisan myth,”  said CapeGOP Chairman Mike Donohue.  “Voters now know, from Van Drew’s own lips, that he is a partisan Democrat.  His words now accurately reflect his voting record of having voted over 35 times to raise taxes and fees.  While hiding behind the facade of nonpartisan enlightenment, Van Drew has been driving in Trenton the same tax, borrow and spend policy that we’ve seen Obama champion on the national level.

This extremely rare, unguarded and honest moment for Van Drew tears down 16 years worth of orchestrated political theater that has mislead the voters.

Van Drew is a Democrat who sticks with his party… he said so himself.

Dave DeWeese Getting Out the Vote in Ocean City

1 District Senate Candidate Dave DeWeese was out knocking on doors in Ocean City with Ocean City residents this morning.


Suzanne Walters Getting Out the Vote in Ocean City

1 District Assembly Candidate Suzanne Walters was out knocking on doors in Ocean City with Ocean City Councilman Keith Hartzell this morning.



Cape GOP Has “Myth Shattering” Video of Van Drew

I have learned that the Cape GOP has gotten hold of video that will shatter the carefully constructed false image of Van Drew.

“I will confirm for Save Jersey that we do have a very shocking piece of video footage of Jeff Van Drew.  It will absolutely shatter the Van Drew myth.  It is timely and relevant and voters need to see it.  We are considering how to release it and when,” says Cape May GOP Chairman Mike Donohue.

Stay tuned Save Jerseyans.

Ocean City Sentinel SLAMS the Van Drew Ticket’s “Double Life”

“They dress like Republicans in the district and stop in a rest area on their way north to change into Democratic clothing before they hit the state capital.”


I highly recommend the whole thing.

Candidates React to Van Drew Crew Forum No Show

On Tuesday night, Jeff Van Drew, Nelson Albano and Matt Milam were the only three out of 16 Cumberland County candidates who did not appear at Millville First’s candidates forum. All three men agreed in advance to attend the forum. The event organizers were shocked when all three men were unannounced no-shows. All three men gave no explanation as to why they did not show up.

The 1st District Republican ticket, who kept their promise to attend the forum, had harsh words for their no show opponents.

“Our opponents know that their record does not match their words and their refusal to explain themselves to voters is another insult by entrenched Trenton Democrats who think people will keep voting for them even though they voted for billions of dollars of tax increases,” Republican Senate candidate Dave DeWeese said. “Of course, no-shows are nothing new for Jeff Van Drew. He wouldn’t interrupt his holiday weekend for a special legislative session to cap property taxes. Property taxpayers and Cumberland County constituents clearly aren’t Van Drew’s top priorities.”

DeWeese referred to the July 2, 2010 property tax session that was boycotted by Van Drew and the other Trenton Democrat Senators.

“The Van Drew Team and their allies helped create the worst financial crisis in Cumberland County history and now they won’t even face the voters to explain how they will try to fix it,” Assembly Candidate and Cumberland County Freeholder Sam Fiocchi said. “Their disdain for the people has only two possible explanations: They have no plan or their plan will consist of more tax and spend such as President Obama’s $1.5 trillion job-killing tax increase.”

Republican candidates said the Van Drew team can read about the forum they missed in The News of Cumberland County.

“When it’s time to vote on historic property tax reform, Jeff Van Drew is not in Trenton. When it’s time to meet with voters and constituents, he’s MIA from the 1st District,” Assembly Republican candidate Suzanne Walters said. “If he and his teammates are not willing to face the voters who demand answers about their failed policies, then they deserve a permanent vacation from public office.

“We are ready to get to work to undo the economic damage caused by the Van Drew team,” Walters added. “We won’t miss important sessions and we won’t hide from the people we represent.

Tax Report Cards Are In! South Jersey Dems Fail, GOPers Ace It!

Tax Reports Cards are in, Save Jerseyans. The independent New Jersey Tax Payers Alliance just issued its 2011 legislative score card for the Senate and Assembly. Here’s how the legislators in my neck of the woods did (ranked by score).

Vince Polistina (R D2) – 100%
John Amodeo (R D2) – 100%
Matt Milam (D D1) – 71%
Jeff Van Drew (D D1) – 63%
Jim Whelan (D D2) – 57%
Nelson Albano (D D1) – 57%

Wow. When I was in high school and college, anything below a 70% was an F.

So we got Polistina & Amodeo acing it, scoring a perfect 100% when it comes to fighting for tax reform. Meanwhile, the Democrats in the area managed one D- and three Fs.

All four of these Democrats have been trying to portray themselves as fiscal conservatives. These miserable scores prove otherwise.

And a big thank you to Assemblymen Amodeo & Polistina for continuing to look out for us!

Where Do Whelan & Van Drew Stand on Obama’s Stimulus Package?

Senators Jeff Van Drew and Jim Whelan have been silent on President Obama’s newest stimulus package, and it is time we hear where they stand on it.

Now I know what you’re thinking: these two aren’t Washington insiders, they’re Trenton insiders, does it matter what they think? Yes, for two reasons.

1-Their master, Senate President Steve Sweeney, came out and praised the plan on his own and 2-the stimulus package contains a tax on turbine (read: propeller) flights that could do serious injury to both Districts 1 & 2 and cost jobs instead of create them.

Thier opponents have wasted no time in coming out against it. Here is District 1’s Dave DeWeese.

“We need a stable economy so people can get back to work, not a massive government spending spree that will raise $1.5 trillion in taxes over the next decade that will only create temporary jobs so that entrenched politicians can try to save their own in the polls. Senator Van Drew should renounce this wasteful economic gimmick that failed once and will fail again.”

And here is Assemblyman Vince Polistina in District 2

“The President’s proposed user fees for turbine aircraft flights would devastate the aviation industry in New Jersey which is just beginning to take flight. With the promise of thousands of quality, high-paying jobs very much a reality with the expansion of our state’s aviation industry, including the development of the NextGen Air Transportation System, we have a golden opportunity for economic growth in South Jersey. This fee would severely ground our efforts.”

“[Assemblyman] John [Amodeo] and I have been working diligently to develop the aviation industry in New Jersey and particularly in our region as it is ripe with job creation opportunities and other economic benefits. Imposing a per flight tax for users of air traffic services will deal a significant blow to these efforts as the industry is currently experiencing tremendous economic difficulties.”

Obama’s proposed turbine flight tax would do a lot of damage to South Jersey’s economy.

In District 1, it would adversely impact the summer tourist industry. Many businesses advertise via sky banners. You’ve all seen them, little single seater airplanes towing a banner over crowded beaches. This tax would directly raise the price of advertising for small shore businesses who are already treading water. And raise the costs of Air Shows. And decrease business at the municipal airports in the district.

This is why one reason why DeWeese has come out against it. Van Drew seems to be ok with all that happening.

In District 2, efforts are being made to make Atlantic County an aviation R&D Mecca, bringing jobs and dollars to the region. This tax would kill that effort. Also, just like in District 1, Atlantic County also has a strong sky banner trade that this tax would hurt, and increase costs for small businesses. Again, this stimulus package will cost jobs in the district.

That’s why Polistina has come out against it. Whelan seems to be ok with all that happening.

So Senators, are you going to come out for or against Obama’s stimulus package? Whhat is more important to you? Saving jobs in your district, or serving your Masters Obama and Sweeney?

Analysis of DeWeese’s 7 Point Plan

On Thursday, the DeWeese campaign released it’s 7 Point Plan to Move New Jersey Forward After a Decade of Democrat Mismanagement. After giving everyone some time to digest it, I promised an analysis. So, let’s do an overall view first, then look at it point by point.

Overall, I’m a fan of this plan. It demonstrates that the DeWeese, Fiocchi & Walters ticket is committed to financial reform, against tax increases, wants to working transparently for their constituents, and are not afraid to take a stand on issues. This is in contrast to their opposing ticket, which has a reputation of spending freely, raising taxes, “hit and run” constituent services and constant flip flopping and double talk. 

Now point by point.

1. NO ADDITIONAL TAXES: This should be a no brainer. Except that Democrats, despite all the evidence to the contrary, want to raise taxes. This includes Jeff Van Drew, Nelson Albano & Matt Milam. Despite the fact that NOT raising taxes resulted in New Jersey collecting an extra $500 million this fiscal year, they still wanna chase people away and raise taxes. The DeWeese ticket now stands in stark contrast to the Van Drew ticket, and voters will respond.

2.CAP ON BILLS: This is a clever idea that I had never really thought about. And the more I did, the more I liked it. Capping the nuimber of bills a legislator can write will force them to focus on important matters only and stop intruding into our lives. That way Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker (D, The Magical Land of Oz) won’t waste our time trying to introduce something else as dumb as her bicycle registration idea. So I am a fan of this idea. It will help cut through the crap and force Trenton to stop playing nanny state and focus on what they are supposed to. Additionally, most people don’t think about it, but introducing legislation is an expensive, long, resource intensive process. This could also save us money!

3. A HARD CAP ON STATE SPENDING/PAY AS YOU GO: This is a great idea. Let’s put a leash on everyone in Trenton.

4. DIRECT CONTACT WITH CONSTITUENTS: The incumbents in the district are well known for being present in the District, showing up at events for photo ops, but then leaving. They are not well known for actually meeting with, hearing, and reacting to constituent concerns. In fact, I think the last time the (taxpayer funded) Van Drew, Albano & Milam office in Cape May Court House was open was so U.S. Senator Bob Menendez could hold a press conference back in February. So this pledge by the DeWeese ticket will make government more open and accessible for the people of District 1. This idea is good government and good politics.

5. ACCESSIBLE INFORMATION ON EVERY VOTE CAST: One need only look at how Democrats passed Obamacare (gotta pass it to find out what’s in it) to know why we need accountibility and transparency from ALL elected officals.

6. EMPOWER LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: Van Drew was part of the hold up in the Governor’s toolkit. DeWeese is saying he will support the governor while Van Drew will hinder him.

7.RETURN TO A PART-TIME LEGISLATURE: Honestly, I’m neutral on this one. Full time/part time is a debate that has been waging in many states. The pro side says that part time only gives them time to focus on important issues. The con side says there may not be enough time to get everything done. In my opinion, the reality is they don’t start working until a week before the important deadlines anyway. However, the part-time legislature movement has been picking up steam.

Did Van Drew Lose DOT’s Number?

Looking at his record, Senator Jeff Van Drew seems to be about as effective as dealing with roads and the Department of Transportation as Ryan Howard has been against left handed pitching or Obama at creating jobs.

Van Drew isn’t just striking out, it’s like he’s not even trying. Let’s take a look at Van Drew’s god awful record when it comes to our vital roads:

-To the dumbfoundment of everyone, they put up “anti-terror” fences along the Garden State Parkway. When asked about it, Van Drew shrugged and said he had no idea they were doing this.

-Ditto with clear cutting, despite the fact one of his constituents asked him to intervene two weeks before Van Drew issued his first press release.

-The Beesley’s Point Bridge closure was a huge hinderance during the Irene evacuation. Van Drew did nothing for years about it.

-After promising for 10 years to make it happen, Van Drew has announced that the 3 stoplights along the GSP in Cape May County will finally be removed. In 7 years. Just took him a shade under two decades to deliver on that one.

-In an interview with the Press of Atlantic City, Van Drew has said that in order to make up for the Beesley’s Point Bridge closure, the state will pay to add a third lane to the Garden State Parkway bridge (now protected from terrorists). In the same breath, Van Drew admits the state hasn’t allocated any money for the plan.

-Route 55. Ever since he was a Freeholder, Van Drew has promised that Route 55 would be extended into Cape May County to help with traffic and safety concerns. This effort has never made it past the “I promise to make it happen” stage.

-When DOT began messing with the Rt. 52 bridge construction schedule and almost killed the summer in Cape May County, Van Drew & crew were MIA.

So you got 2 “I dont knows”, 1 “whoopsies”, 1 MIA, 2 “trust me”s and 1 promised fulfilled 17 years after the fact. How does one compile such a horrible track record? It’s like Van Drew doesn’t even know DOT exists. Considering how long he’s been in Trenton, he’s had to have met at least one person who works there. And yet Van Drew has no clue what’s going on there.

What happened Jeff? You lose DOT’s number?


DeWeese, Fiocchi and Walters Announce 7 Point Plan to Move New Jersey Forward

District 1 Senate Candidate Dave DeWeese and Assembly Candidates Sam Fiocchi & Suzanne Walters today announced their 7 Point Plan to Move New Jersey Forward After a Decade of Democrat Mismanagement. I think this is a fundamentally sound plan with solid ideas and some good creative thinking. Analysis will wait until tomorrow, however, as today I will post the plan in its entirety so you can all look at for yourselves.

1st District Republican candidates, Dave DeWeese for Senate and Sam Fiocchi and Suzanne Walters for Assembly, today announced a 7 point plan to reform the Legislature and get New Jersey working again.  After a decade of mismanagement by Jeff Van Drew and the Democrat controlled state legislature, DeWeese, Fiocchi and Walters believe that a new common sense approach is needed to change the course of state government and get our economy back on track.

“If we do not learn from the lessons of the past decade, we will never move New Jersey out of the downward economic trend which was caused by the failed policies and irresponsible budgeting of Jeff Van Drew and the Democrat Legislature.” said DeWeese. “The New Jersey State Legislators are extremely unpopular, and for good reason.  Empty promises and vague platitudes will not move this State forward. For that reason, we are advancing the following important and specific proposals to reform state government, create jobs and sustain economic growth for years to come. The people of New Jersey are telling us to get the Statehouse in order.  Until we get control of this runaway legislature, we can do very little to help small business and entrepreneurs grow our state’s economy.  These 7 points are the first necessary steps to broader legal and regulatory reform.”

  1. No Additional Taxes.
  2. Cap the Number of Bills that Legislators can Sponsor or Co-Sponsor.
  3. Impose a Hard Cap on State Spending and Pay As You Go.
  4. Direct Contact with Constituents.
  5. Provide Constituents with Accessible Information on Every Vote Cast.
  6. Empower Local Governments to Save Money.
  7. Return to a Part Time Legislature.

“These  seven  points  are  essential  to  gaining  control  of  state  government and creating an environment for economic growth,” added Fiocchi.  “They will also serve to regain the trust of residents at a time when so many politicians have let them down.

As a small town Mayor, Walters highlighted the importance of these reforms for municipal governments and taxpayers across New Jersey.

“These reforms will finally give municipal governments the tools they need to control costs and stabilize property taxes,” noted Walters. “We must roll up our sleeves and make the tough choices without regard for popularity to ensure that we hand the next generation of New Jerseyans a state that more affordable and full of  the same opportunities we inherited.”

1.  NO ADDITIONAL TAXES:  DeWeese, Fiocchi and Walters pledge not to vote for any additional taxes.  The people of New Jersey are already over taxed.  There is no room for any new types of taxes in this State.  Our goal is to find ways to lower taxes as reforms and savings permit.  In keeping with the pay-as-you-go approach, any new spending must be paid by real, recurring revenue that has not been generated by tax increases or through cuts in spending in other budget areas.

2.      CAP ON BILLS:  No individual Legislator should need to propose as a main sponsor or co-sponsor more than 6 new laws in any legislative session.  Even at this limit, the potential exists for the imposition of over 700 new laws on the people of New Jersey as a result of one legislative session.  This volume of new laws is absurd.  Laws should not be passed to justify the existence of the Legislature or to grab “feel good” headlines during election years.  Citizens are swimming in more and more laws every year.  Many of them are necessary, but scores of them are simply needless, special interest enactments or politically motivated laws.  Our goal should be less government intrusion in the lives of people, not more.  Laws are the route that government takes to impose itself of the citizens.  We should be very careful in the enactment of our laws so that each new law serves a legitimate and limited purpose designed to serve the interest of the people, not the interests of state government.  We are currently drowning in a sea of laws that stifle our productivity and our entrepreneurial spirit.

3.      A HARD CAP ON STATE SPENDING/PAY AS YOU GO:  The legislature imposed a 2% cap on local spending.  It is time for a hard cap on state spending.  The people of New Jersey should never again be faced with the prospect of out of control state spending and Enron-style accounting in the state budget.  State government should be limited to increasing spending no more than the rate of inflation plus 2%.  On a nearly $30 Billion budget, this permitted increase amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars in new spending.  But we shouldn’t stop there.  There should be no spending increases that are not paid for by a reduction in spending somewhere else in the budget or by realizing additional revenues without increasing taxes.  This pay-as-you-go approach must be implemented in order to ensure that any spending increases are paid for with real dollars and not through accounting gimmicks or smoke and mirrors.

4.      DIRECT CONTACT WITH CONSTITUENTS:  Our current Legislators have virtually no public interaction with their constituents.  They never put themselves out for questioning and never appear before large groups to report on their work and submit to the concerns of those they represent.  This interaction is a critical component of public representation and something we take for granted on the local level.  When elected, DeWeese, Fiocchi and Walters will conduct monthly town hall meetings, with the media invited, where they will take questions from their constituents on any subject.  Legislators should not simply go and hide and prepare for the next election, they should present themselves to the public on a regular basis for direct contact and questioning.  Listening to the concerns of your constituents is an important function of a Legislator.  This process will permit DeWeese, Fiocchi and Walters to regularly hear the concerns of their constituents.

5.      ACCESSIBLE INFORMATION ON EVERY VOTE CAST:  Right now, our Legislators play a game of cat and mouse with their votes in the Legislature.  When they vote in favor of things their constituents might not like, they clam up and hide.  When they vote on something they think their constituents might support, they launch a full-on media blitz.  These tactics are a corruption of the legislative process for political purposes.  DeWeese, Fiocchi and Walters will be different.  We will maintain an active website and presence on social media that will immediately report every single vote we cast and detail the subject matter.  There will be no hiding the ball when DeWeese, Fiocchi and Walters are in the legislature.  The public will know exactly where we stand on all issues and won’t have to drill through the Legislature’s website.  No leader can be on all sides of every issue.  Trying to convince voters that you are in favor of something and against it at the same time is deceitful and disrespectful to the people of our district. 

6.      EMPOWER LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:  Many of our local elected officials have excellent ideas on how to consolidate functions, share services and lower local property taxes.  Yet, they constantly run into roadblocks with state government bureaucrats.  DeWeese, Fiocchi and Walters will propose legislation to empower local governments to pursue these cost saving approaches without the burden of the heavy hand of Trenton.  Under the DeWeese, Fiocchi and Walters plan, local governments will be empowered to pursue consolidation through the revision of civil service regulations and make major budgetary changes regardless of the time of year.  In exchange for these important tools, municipalities will be required to prepare a two-year consolidation employment plan that will allow employees whose positions may be eliminated an opportunity for lateral transfer or placement with other entities or movement to the private sector. 

7.      RETURN TO A PART-TIME LEGISLATURE: The State Legislature was never intended to be a full-time body churning out laws nearly 365 days a year.  DeWeese, Fiocchi, and Walters will propose legislation to limit the amount of time the legislature may meet and the purposes for which it may convene.  Benjamin Franklin said that the most dangerous time for the people is when the Legislature is in session.  There is great truth in this observation.  The Legislature should meet for specific limited purposes and for limited duration.  DeWeese, Fiocchi and Walters propose that the Legislature change the way it conducts itself, by holding two annual business sessions.  The first session would commence on February 1st and end on May 31st, and during this session, the Legislature would be empowered to deal solely with budgetary matters and emergency legislation necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of the State of New Jersey.  By limiting this first session to budgetary issues, the Legislature will be forced to focus on fiscal responsibility and completing a budget well in advance of the Constitutional deadline of July 1st.  The second session would commence on October 1st and end on November 30th.  This session would be for general legislation with important limitations as detailed in Number 2.

In Case You Don’t Pay For it: DeWeese on Jobs

As you may be aware, starting today The Press of Atlantic City will be charging for most of their online content.

Which means unless you pay for something most people can get for free, you might not have seen this snippet the Press of Atlantic City did about District  1 Senate Candidate Dave DeWeese and jobs.

So if you don’t pay for it, here it is. Of note is his support of Chris Christie’s and Kim Guadagno’s efforts to lure business to New Jersey and his support of cutting taxes on overburdened small businesses:

DeWeese, a former municipal judge from Wildwood, said lawmakers are to blame for many of New Jersey’s economic problems. 

“From 2002 to 2011, we’ve seen a steady increase in the unemployment rate and an exodus from New Jersey of businesses,” he said. “That can be directly attributed to the unfriendly business climate, the high rate of taxes as well as the over-regulation of businesses.”

DeWeese said Cumberland County is an unfortunate example.

“You see a large number of vacant commercial establishments. They weren’t big businesses, but they employed five to 10 people. That adds up pretty quickly.”

DeWeese said he supports the mission of Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who has been promoting the state at job fairs with the theme “New Jersey is open for business.”

“They’re out there on a daily basis trying to attract new business, convince people that the business climate has changed here and we’re going to be more acceptable to new businesses to locate here,” he said.

DeWeese said the key is to cut taxes on small businesses, starting with property taxes.

“I was talking to a business owner a week ago. He said it was incredible how many times he gets a bill in the mail, a fee or tax imposed on small-business owners to make up the revenue the state lost,” he said. “That has to stop. They can’t survive in that environment. That trickles down to where we stand in the unemployment rate.”

DeWeese said by cutting taxes and regulations, businesses will reconsider returning to New Jersey. And this will make the area more affordable for younger workers, he said.

“Between 2002 and 2009, $70 billion in wealth left New Jersey. That’s an astronomical figure,” he said. “The impact of that is so substantial. Not only is the state not collecting income taxes from those individuals, but they were all entrepreneurs and business owners who, when they decided to leave New Jersey, took their business and jobs with them.”