OPINION: Track Records Matter in 2017

New Jersey will be choosing one of two paths in less than 90 days as Kim Guadagno and Phil Murphy go head to head for Trenton’s top job. 

This election comes at a pivotal time in New Jersey when public pensions and school funding are plaguing our budget all while residents and businesses are fleeing the state.  If there was ever a time when we needed a positive direction, it is now. 

Option #1? Phil Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive, who has proposed billions in new spending and the only place this money could come from is from us.  In true Goldman fashion, he is most experienced tn spending someone else’s money.

We need to create real jobs and lower taxes. Making New Jersey a sanctuary state should not be at the top of our to-do list.  Murphy’s platform consists of raising minimum wage to $15 an hour, guaranteeing paid sick leave, and giving more state funding for state colleges is not going to help our problem.  Last but not least, he wants to create a New Jersey State Bank. 

It is more than noteworthy that Goldman shelled out $5 billion due their part in the 2008 financial crisis. 

State bank? Run by a Goldman Sachs alum. No thanks… I’ll pass. 

New government programs run contrary to our needs at this time.  Any blatant disregard of these facts is more than troubling, it is dangerous.

Meanwhile, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno has helped create jobs all over the state.  When I say “jobs” I do not mean jobs political or government jobs. I’m talking about real, private sector, tax ratable-raising employment.

Over the last seven years, Guadagno played an integral role in bringing Goya and Forbes Magazine to Hudson County.  While these are just two big named companies, she has helped mom-and-pop shops all over the state. Every county has benefited in some way or another despite the Democrat legislature’s best efforts to interfere.

The school funding portion of your property taxes can make up to 75% of your tax bill alone.  The centerpiece of Guadagno’s campaign, the “Circuit Breaker,” would cap the school portion of your bill at 5%.  Property owners all over the state will benefit from this plan to make New Jersey more affordable. Next, by auditing Trenton’s finances she will find excessive spending just like Governor Kean did.  Nearly $100 million in spending was cut when he ordered his audit 30 years ago, and I am sure she will find plenty more than that given how Trenton operates.

Track records matter. If it was not clear before, Save Jerseyans, this race has only one person who can create jobs, and only one who will create new government spending, and it is not Phil Murphy.