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By ARep | February 8th, 2013 - 4:09pm
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O’SCANLON: DEMS SEARCHING FOR A PROBLEM WHEN NONE EXISTS

Assembly Republican Budget Officer Declan O’Scanlon, R-Monmouth, said if the same effort being expended by Democrats to find an impropriety surrounding the rebuilding of New Jersey from Superstorm Sandy were used to pass meaningful reforms on issues such as unused sick leave payouts, civil service reform and the governor’s minimum wage proposal, the state would have been much better off.

“Each day we learn of how desperate Democrats are for relevance as they threaten to issue subpoenas and search for a controversy so they can hold someone culpable for a problem that doesn’t exist. Governor Christie’s impeccable record of integrity has backed them into a corner where they have become irrationally abrasive and confrontational because they fear irrelevance. How else can one explain the persistent shrill from across the aisle with baseless attacks?

“After Superstorm Sandy everyone said helping people and businesses get back on their feet was the highest priority. But the Democrats aren’t satisfied with our concurrence on that, nor when we agree that transparency and oversight are necessary.

“Now their focus is on subpoenas which are rarely issued - only four over the last twenty years – in order to gain attention. Everyone knows this tactic is not productive and is being used as political fodder. It would be better if the energy used by Democrats expressing their unsubstantiated outrage were channeled towards our highest priority which is rebuilding our state and economy.”

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