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Codey Statement On State Of State Address

Senate President Richard J. Codey

TRENTON – Senate President Richard J. Codey (D-Essex) today issued the following statement on Governor Jon Corzine’s 2009 State of the State Address:

“Governor Corzine did a superb job of conveying the stark reality of our situation without creating an atmosphere of doom and gloom. During times of crises, it’s easy to forget the good that has been accomplished – enacting paid family leave, helping our most vulnerable find housing and insurance, tackling global warming. The Governor wisely chose to paint the glass as half full.

“Without question, these are tough times we’re in, but with the economic stimulus measures that the Governor initiated, it will be a lot easier to shoulder these burdens and find some light at the end of the tunnel.

“The Governor should also be commended for the tough choices he’s made to cut state spending, something that must be done at all levels of government in order to stave off massive tax increases. Looking ahead to next year’s budget, we can expect even more painful choices, but if we tackle them with the same fortitude, then like the Governor said, New Jersey will be well-positioned to emerge from this financial crisis stronger than most states.”

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