N.J. shutdown now likely, PACs continue to push massive tax hikes | Schepisi

N.J. shutdown now likely, PACs continue to push massive tax hikes | Schepisi

By Holly Schepisi

The gladiator battle continues in New Jersey.

The Senate session scheduled for tomorrow has been cancelled meaning the state will in all likelihood shut down this weekend. Once again NO DISCUSSIONS about reigning in costs or cutting additional spending.

The battle is solely over which taxes to raise.

It is interesting to see the groups waiting with their hands out for the Governor’s increased spending and tax hikes.

These are the groups currently supporting his proposed several billion dollar spending increase.

Three PACS for Congressional Districts 3, 5 and 11 each support massive tax increases and increased spending on N.J. residents’ backs while the democratic congressional candidates from those districts are campaigning on claims that they are fiscally moderate:

32BJ, SEIU Action Together New Jersey and 19 affiliate Chapters 
AFSCME New Jersey 
Amalgamated Transit Union, NJ State Council Anti Poverty Network of New Jersey 
ATU Local 819 Newark 
ATU Local 820 Union City 
ATU Local 821 Jersey City 
ATU Local 822 Paterson 
ATU Local 823 Elizabeth 
ATU Local 824 Howell 
ATU Local 825 Oradell 
ATU Local 880 South Jersey 
Clean Water Action 
Council of NJ State College Locals – AFT CWA District 1 
CWA Local 1032
CWA Local 1037
CWA Local 1081
Environment New Jersey 
Essex Rising 
Food & Water Watch, New Jersey Chapter Healthy Schools Now 
Indivisible Congressional District 3 
Indivisible Congressional District 5 
Indivisible Cranbury 
Indivisible Garden State 
La Casa de Don Pedro 
The Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. 
Laundry, Distribution & Food Service Joint 
Board, Workers United/SEIU
League of Conservation Voters
Lutheran Episcopal Advocacy Ministry NJ
Monmouth County Democrats Progressive Caucus 
National Association of Social Workers, New Jersey 
National Organization for Women, Northern New Jersey Chapter 
New Jersey Citizen Action 
New Jersey Communities United 
New Jersey Education Association 
New Jersey Industrial Union Council 
New Jersey Organizing Project 
New Jersey Policy Perspective 
New Jersey Tenants Organization 
New Jersey Work Environment Council
New Jersey Working Families Alliance NJ BATS 
NJ 11th For Change 
Our Children/Our Schools 
Our United Revolution New Jersey 
Our Revolution Essex County 
People Demanding Action, New Jersey Chapter People’s Organization for Progress 
Progressive Democrats of America, New Jersey Chapter 
Save Our Schools 
Sierra Club, New Jersey Chapter 
STAND Central NJ 
Union of Rutgers Administrators, AFT Local 1766 
V Rev. Peter Anthony Baktis, Mother of God Orthodox Church – Princeton 
Westfield 20/20 
Women for Progress


HOLLY SCHEPISI is an attorney and businesswoman who has served New Jersey’s 39th legislative district in the New Jersey General Assembly since January 2012.