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Anthony M. Bucco

Posted on: January 9, 2024

Bucco Responds to Governor Murphy’s State of the State Address

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New Jersey is a great state because of our people. Governor Murphy presented an optimistic view in his address. He spoke about affordability, access to health care, education and public safety. The problem we have is that his actions must follow his words. The aggressive spending we have witnessed has resulted in a few clear warning signs regarding the state of the State. Things like our highest in the nation property taxes, one of the highest unemployment rates, highest outward migration and learning loss in our schools, among others.

New Jersey now stands at a crossroads. Do we continue aggressive spending patterns or do we learn to live within our means and improve the quality of life for all New Jerseyans. Republicans choose the latter. Unlike prior years, it does not appear that the State will be flush with cash this year. I hope we have not missed the opportunity to make the structural changes we need to truly make the State more affordable.

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