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Governor Christie: They Had To Call The Dr. Kevorkian Of The Numbers

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Published on May 23, 2012

New Jersey Alliance Annual Transportation Conference on May 23, 2012 (Transcript Below)

Governor Christie: The people of the state deserve a tax cut and the Democrats in the legislature in the 8 years before I became governor raised the taxes and fees on the people of New Jersey every 25 days for 8 years. Every 25 days. Now I've been governor now today for 855 days. And for 855 days they have been prevented, forcibly, by me from raising taxes. You can imagine, these people across the street are going through withdrawal. They are on the floor sweating, shaking, they don't know what to do because they need to raise taxes. They have to. Because they have to spend more. They must. And they can't live with the fact that even my budget this year that makes the largest pension payment that any governor has ever made in a single year to the public pension program, that fully funds our hospitals, that makes the largest contribution to aid to K-12 public schools that any governor has ever made in the history of the state. Even with that, our spending is lower than Jon Corzine's 2008 budget, and they're in the shakes over it. The only thing that makes them shake more is the possibility that we might actually cut taxes. This now is a desperate situations. So they needed to call in the Dr. Kevorkian of the numbers- David Rosen, the Dr. Kevorkian from the partisan Office of Legislative Services. As so last year when they needed David Rosen to say they had a huge amount of money so they could spend, he got right up to the podium and said it. This year when they don't want to cut your taxes under any circumstances, they have their handmaiden walk over across the street in front of the Assembly budget committee today and say op I was wrong I was 1.6 billion wrong for this year but trust me for next year your another 660 billion short for next year. Why would anybody with a functioning brain believe this guy? How often do you have to be wrong to finally be dismissed? And in fact he was apparently asked this morning, he said he wanted to address the contention that OLS's number have been all over the place. They have been. He can't even defend it any longer. It's so obvious that they're being manipulated by the majority that they can't even defend it anymore. So, the treasurer will testify this afternoon. And I'm not gonna jump ahead of him. I'll let Andrew give the type of measured, professional testimony he's given for every year that he's been [treasurer], and by the way, he's been right. And when he's been wrong and you know how he's been wrong? He's underestimated the revenues. Each year we've ended up with more money than we thought we were gonna have that I've been governor. That's the way to do it. Spend responsibly. Estimate revenues responsibly. That's why we're in a position to cut taxes for people this year. I'll tell you this, if the taxes do not get cut this year it is the responsibility of one set of people and that is the legislative democrats. So all of you who might wanna have more money, and cut taxes 10% in the income tax, to be able to invest in your businesses, to be able to contribute to your children's college education fund, to be able to take a vacation next summer. If you can't do it, the only people responsible are the legislative democrats. And if you don't think that's what they're preparing to do, why do you think David Rosen is giving the testimony he's giving this morning? I mean, It should be humiliating to him to say last year and this year combined now for this fiscal year he's 1.6 billion dollars wrong. It's a joke.

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