Sweeney Statement On Governor’s School Visit

TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney issued the following statement today regarding Governor Christie’s visit to an elementary school this morning:

“It is great that the governor is going around visiting all the classrooms and students that he decided to grossly underfund for the last two years. Maybe next he will pay a visit to each of the 16,000 millionaires in New Jersey he enriched at the expense of our children’s education and future.

“There is no denying the importance of education. But at this time, the governor also needs to simultaneously focus on our state’s economy. There is simply no reason the governor can’t do both. After all, if he can be on Meet the Press, visit the Koch Brothers, and, we assume, watch a Mets’ game, all in the same day, he can focus on two important issues at once. The hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans who are unemployed need this governor’s attention.

“The governor should be working with us to create jobs and fuel economic growth. To date, his only action on the economy in 18 months as governor has been vetoing job creation measures. And since his vetoes, things have only gotten worse. Really, the only economic stimulus this governor has created is for the state’s 16,000 millionaires…and he has done it twice for them.

“Right now, our unemployment rate is above the national average, businesses are continuing to layoff workers and too many men and women can’t find jobs. In my world, when something needs to get done, we roll up our sleeves and make it happen. Let’s go governor.”