State of New Jersey Archives: on Budget & Economy


Steve Lonegan: Opposes Hurricane Sandy funding; funding needs more scrutiny

Both [GOP candidates] wanted more scrutiny of Hurricane Sandy funding, and would have resisted voting for the $60 billion funding.

Eck said she would have voted against $60 billion in Sandy funding until further checks and balances were put in place. "So little accountability," she said.

"I did not support it," said Lonegan, a former mayor of Bogota. "I would have voted no."

Source: State Street Wire on 2013 N.J. Senate debate Jul 31, 2013

Barbara Buono: My budget work speaks for itself, including $11B deficit

Christie said on April 22nd on NJ101.5 FM's "Ask the Governor" program: "If anyone should know irresponsible it should be Sen. Buono. She's the one, her budget left us with a $2 billion budget deficit in fiscal 10 that I had to fix. Her mistakes. And for 2011 an $11 billion budget deficit. Her mistakes."

Is one legislator--who happens to be running against Christie in November's gubernatorial contest--solely responsible for billions in debt?

Yes, Buono chaired the state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee when the budgets in question were crafted. But governors don't have to keep state spending the same as it ever was. In the case of the $11 billion deficit, [Christie removed over] $3 billion. And it's a little over the top to say that Senator Buono was responsible for the $2 billion shortfall.

But Buono has frequently taken credit for the budgets in question, saying her time as budget chair "speaks for itself."

Source: PolitiFact.com on 2013 N.J. governor debates Apr 28, 2013

Bob Menendez: Opposes Romney-Ryan budget plan

Menendez likened Kyrillos' economic positions to those of Romney and his running mate, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan. Menendez maintained that Kyrillos was in favor of the national budget proposal submitted by Ryan, which calls for eliminating such popular tax breaks as the home-mortgage interest deduction.

Kyrillos, who denied that assertion, meanwhile, tried to tie Menendez to Corzine. After leaving office, Corzine led MF Global, a futures-trading financial firm that collapsed in October 2011, in one of the largest bankruptcies in American history. "He's pursuing a Jon Corzine economic strategy," Kyrillos said of his opponent. "Reelecting him to the Senate would be like sending Jon Corzine to the Senate."

Kyrillos blamed Menendez for New Jersey's economic woes, while the Democrat focused on the money and projects he said he has brought to New Jersey as its senator.

Source: The Bergen Record on 2012 N.J. Senate debate Oct 14, 2012

Joe Kyrillos: Opposes Jon Corzine economic strategy

Menendez likened Kyrillos' economic positions to those of Romney and his running mate, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan. Menendez maintained that Kyrillos was in favor of the national budget proposal submitted by Ryan, which calls for eliminating such popular tax breaks as the home-mortgage interest deduction.

Kyrillos, who denied that assertion, meanwhile, tried to tie Menendez to Corzine. After leaving office, Corzine led MF Global, a futures-trading financial firm that collapsed in October 2011, in one of the largest bankruptcies in American history. "He's pursuing a Jon Corzine economic strategy," Kyrillos said of his opponent. "Reelecting him to the Senate would be like sending Jon Corzine to the Senate."

Kyrillos blamed Menendez for New Jersey's economic woes, while the Democrat focused on the money and projects he said he has brought to New Jersey as its senator.

Source: The Bergen Record on 2012 N.J. Senate debate Oct 14, 2012

Joe Kyrillos: Wrong policy: Higher taxes, more spending, more debt

Kyrillos ripped into Menendez with a page from the handbook of his close friend, Gov. Chris Christie. "My opponent Senator Menendez and his colleagues are pursuing what I consider a Jon Corzine economic policy," he said. "Higher taxes, more spending, more debt."

Menendez said as long as Kyrillos is bringing up "ghosts" of past governors, he should acknowledge voting for former Gov. Christie Whitman's borrowing plan to fill gaps in the state's pension system, which he said "exploded the debt."

Source: Newark Star-Ledger on 2012 N.J. Senate debate Oct 10, 2012

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