This post is dedicated to all of you pessimists, pseudo-intellects, and assorted other bring-me-downs out there in Save Jersey land who continue to insist that there’s “no difference” between the two primary political parties. You’re wrong again this year.
The latest proof comes to us from South Jersey’s Burlington County where Republicans will defend their narrow majority on the freeholder board this November. On Wednesday evening, the county adopted its fifth consecutive budget featuring a tax levy decrease and, cumulatively, a 17.2%, or $39.3 million, in spending increases over the same 5-year time period; the end result in real dollars is $24.2 million less coming out of taxpayers’ pockets than back in 2008 for the county of nearly 450,000 souls.
Burlco’s success story isn’t isolated. Look around the state (at the county AND local levels); you’ll find similar narratives in other Republican-controlled counties including North Jersey’s Morris where, for the second year in a row, the proposed budget contained no tax hike. Spending in Monmouth is also now below the 2008 budget allocation.
Party… it matters! In case you hadn’t heard.