Well, if David Rousseau was simply stating his opinion, then the Democrats and the Governor may prefer that he keep it to himself.
Rousseau testified before the Senate and Assembly Budget Committee hearings on Monday and Tuesday, respectively. At one point, Republican Assembly Budget Officer Joe Malone asked the Treasurer if he thought New Jerseyans pay too much in taxes. Rousseau’s response? “No.”
Needless to say, Republicans seized on this as evidence the Democrats, particurly with their multi-million-dollar net worth Governor, are out of touch with average New Jersyans who no doubt believe that they are indeed cexcessively taxed.
Republicans issued a press release denouncing that answer, and when I asked the Governor about it yesterday he backtracked a bit.
“Well, I wouldn’t have answered the question that way,” Corzine said.
The Guv went on to explain that some taxes are high in NJ like property taxes, and others are low like the gas tax.
the Reason this is all relevant is because Corzine has proposed a new budget with tax increases for/on:
-people earning over 500k
-payroll ( for unemployment insurance fund )
-extension of surcharge on corporate biz tax
and let’s not forget…toll hikes which have already taken effect.
I suppose it is fair to have this debate now. But it was notable that the Guv ( in a political race himself this year ) was quick to show emptahy with average New Jersyan who may take issue with the Treasurer’s statement.