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Assembly Republican Budget Officer Declan O’Scanlon, R-Monmouth, issued the following statement on Governor Christie’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Address:
“Being able to deliver the highest level of property-tax relieving school aid in state history and the largest debt payment in state history, while achieving the smallest property tax growth in state history is no small feat. Governor Christie has crafted another in a series of fiscally conservative and responsible budgets.
“These results are no accident. The hard work to cap property taxes and reform public employee benefits is paying off for taxpayers.
“My friends on the other side of the aisle have absolutely no business criticizing this budget – that spends less than a budget they voted for in 2008 – while delivering more bang for taxpayers’ bucks – especially those who may have voted against the very reforms that have exponentially improved out state’s fiscal future.”
Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon / 732-933-1591
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"Enlisting Fox is another reminder of how much Christie has truly relied on insiders, including Democrats, to bolster his agenda or bail him out of trouble. Not long after arriving in Trenton in 2009, Christie began collaborating with George Norcross, the deeply entrenched Democratic Party kingmaker, to help him cut deals with a Democratic-controlled Legislature.
When his close ally David Samson resigned as chairman of the Port Authority over conflict-of-interest questions earlier this year, Christie replaced Samson with John Degnan, a pillar of the Democratic Party establishment. And now, confronted with a crisis, Christie has turned to “Jamie,’’ as Fox has been known throughout political circles since he began as an aide in the Democratic Senate in the 1980s." - columnist Charles Stile
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