By Matt Rooney
Is ‘social justice’ enough to overcome crippling, anti-business policies?
That’s unlikely, Save Jerseyans, but Governor Phil Murphy hopes so all the same. He recently implored business owners in Georgia and Alabama to abandon their pro-life states for New Jersey; he’s even reportedly planning to launch a formal campaign to lure these Southern states’ businesses north to the Garden State.
“What Alabama has done to restrict access to abortion is morally unconscionable. This is a full-out assault to prevent women from making their own health care decisions,” Murphy tweeted on May 16th, responding to Alabama adopting the nation’s strictest abortion ban. “In NJ, we’ve restored funding for women’s health care to ensure that a woman’s right to choose is protected.”
Correct me if you think I’m wrong, folks, I don’t know many business owners who care much about whether their employees can abort their children; we do know that businesses (notably Mercedes in 2015) have continued to leave New Jersey for states like Georgia where employers and employees alike are free to prosper without excessive taxation and regulations to weigh them down. Businesses exist to make money for their owners/shareholders. ‘Social Justice’ may be a marketing tactic from time to time (see Gillette) but these big companies have fiduciary responsibilities to their shareholders. Absorbing massive tax and cost of living hikes to help Planned Parenthood won’t win anyone over at your average corporate board meeting.
The $7.5 million which Phil Murphy brags about sending to Planned Parenthood?
No one cares, big guy! Sorry. Good luck with that.
How can a Goldman Sachs alum be so obtuse concerning how businesses make business decisions? For example, $7.5 billion in spending cuts/savings or $750 million in tax cuts would be a different story.
Until that day, doing business in Phil Murphy’s New Jersey is a luxury precious few entrepreneurs — woke or not — can afford.
MATT ROONEY is a practicing New Jersey attorney, regular panelist on ‘Chasing News’ with Bill Spadea, and the founder and blogger-in-chief of Save Jersey.