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Tuesday Was Trash Day in the Fifth Legislative District!

June 30, 2010
Nepotism Beneficiary Sen. Donald Norcross

Donald Norcross

Oscar the Grouch

It just does not get any worse for the Democrat legislative team in the 5th district.  On Tuesday, Donald Norcross, Angel Fuentes, and Gilbert L. “Whip” Wilson sent a load of trash in the form of an e-mail to their “Friends”.     

Your rubbish may not have been picked up but your legislators sure put out their share of garbage.  Oscar the Grouch must have been in his glory yesterday in the fifth legislative district.  Forgive me, but we cannot do this post without a photo of the famous trash muppet from Sesame Street.  

Apparently, Norcross, Fuentes, and Wilson  were so embarrassed about their no vote on a budget that held the line on taxes they felt the need to sent a “friends” letter to residents in the district to explain their vote.    

In the letter they said,    

“It is an affront to you and the millions other New Jersey voters who made their voices heard loud and clear in the November election: You asked us as your elected representatives to slash the costs of state government and to hold the line on taxes.”     

The statement is not only trashy  but it is hilarious because Norcross has never been elected to the New Jersey Senate and Gilbert  Wilson has never been elected to the New Jersey Assembly.  Remember, they were both appointed (without voter approval) to their office.  So exactly who was elected when the  “voices [were] being heard” in the last election?  Hint: the person’s first name sounds very similar to his last name.    

The last part of the quote is the best,  “…hold the line on taxes”.  Didn’t they all vote against a budget that held the line on taxes.  Either Chris Christie kept his promise of not rasing taxes or he did not.  Our Governor did the right thing and held the line on taxes and the 5th district legislative team proudly voted against the tax payer.  Their vote against the taxpayers  is as shameful as their statement is misleading.    

If that is not bad enough they also said,    

” He emptied our school’s savings and cut their aid, which has already caused teacher layoffs and increases in school fees; as a result, property taxes will rise.”    

School Savings????  If we don’t use savings now when will we ever use them.  Our state is in financial chaos  thanks to bad Democrat polices.  Do the names Corzine, Bryant, McGreevey, Mayer, Love, Greenwald ring a bell.  

 Teacher layoffs and school fees would not be necessary if the NJEA would share in the economic woes of our state and forgo a pay raise for one year and contribute a paltry 1.5% of their salary toward their health benefits.   Outrageous I know.  Wonder who the NJEA will support in next years election?    

This is just a pre cursor to their refusal to support Governor Christie’s Cap 2.5 reform.  When they vote no to protect tax payers with a constitutional cap on spending expect  another dear friends letter.   

Want to see the full “Friends” letter?  We thought so!  Below is the full – unedited letter.  See if you can read the entire text and keep a straight face.  I bet you can’t.    

Dear Neighbor:    

We voted against the state budget today because it will drive up your property taxes while not cutting wasteful government spending. It is an affront to you and the millions other New Jersey voters who made their voices heard loud and clear in the November election: You asked us as your elected representatives to slash the costs of state government and to hold the line on taxes. The Governor’s proposed budget flies in the face of that clear-cut request and thus deserved to be repudiated.    

The bottom line is that we need a government that does more with less – not one that finds new and creative ways to tax us out of our homes. This budget hurts our most vulnerable neighbors living on fixed incomes by slashing their Homestead rebates and prescription-drug benefits. At the same time, it rewards multimillionaires with tax breaks and does not reduce the size of the bloated state government. Our job is to make state government less costly and more efficient, not more spendthrift and inept. Our job is to serve your interests, not the special interests in Trenton.    

The Governor has talked a good game about looking out for you, but this budget shows beyond any doubt that that’s all it was – talk.    

His budget is filled with hidden taxes that will take money out of your pocket. Here are some examples. His cuts to New Jersey Transit’s budget will mean fare hikes for you, a hidden tax on the middle class. His cuts to municipal aid will increase your property taxes or lead to cuts in vital services. He emptied our school’s savings and cut their aid, which has already caused teacher layoffs and increases in school fees; as a result, property taxes will rise. And even though the Governor claimed to put New Jerseyans first, it took an 11th hour fight and his own Republicans turning against him to restore critically needed health services for women, children and people on fixed incomes. In the long run, making these health services available will save the state millions.    

This is a budget that hurts the middle-class and forces our seniors to cut corners on food and medicine. Yet it protects multimillionaires. It is not our idea of a fair, smart budget that benefits the average New Jersey citizen. It does not meet our standards. And we don’t believe it meets yours.    

Sincerely,    

                                     
Donald Norcross                    Angel Fuentes                                Gilbert L. “Whip” Wilson
Senator, 5th District           Assemblyman, 5th District  Assemblyman, 5th District  
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One Comment leave one →
  1. Kevin Ehret permalink
    July 1, 2010 12:11 am

    Here is just another example of how out of touch the members of the 5th legislative district are. Keep in mind that all three are residents of Camden, two of them lifelong one who’s lived there less than a year, prior to that he lived in a upper middle class neighborhood in the 6th district. Calling the increase in NJ Transit fares a tax increase on the middleclass is an exaggeration. Ask any member of the working middle class stuck on Rt.42 or 295 if the NJ Transit fare increase is affecting them?? ? There are only a dozen or so bus lines and 2 rail lines in the 5th district, (former NJT Bus Driver and County Clerk Joe Ripa can confirm this), so calling a fare increase a hidden tax increase on the middle class is a farce. The fact of the matter is NJ Transit chose to raise fares instead of cutting back on service or eliminating jobs and improvement projects. Furthermore are the millionaires that attend their $2,000.00 a plate fundraiser dinners aboard the Battleship New Jersey relieved that they still have their tax breaks??? Tough job deciding where to stand on the issues isn’t it guys???

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