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Sweeney/Weinberg Statement On Governor’s Bergenfield School Visit

A view of the Senate Chambers from the 2010-2011 Senate Reorganization.

TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland) and Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) issued the following joint statement regarding Governor Christie’s trip today to a Bergenfield middle school:

“It is great to see the governor visiting the wonderful schools in Bergenfield, home to the outstanding music program where Frankie Valli got started. But somehow we get the feeling the governor forgot to mention to the students and teachers at Roy W. Brown Middle School that he has shortchanged them over $1.7 million in state aid since he came into office. He probably didn’t mention the 16,000 millionaires in New Jersey that he further enriched at their expense either. But hey, what’s another teacher, a few more school books, or an outstanding music program when you can give someone on the Mets a tax break?

“Meanwhile, as the governor struggles to focus on things other than booking a private corporate jet to hang out with ludicrously wealthy right wing radicals, the economy in New Jersey continues to struggle. New Jersey’s poverty rate has increased since this governor took office and the number of New Jerseyans without health insurance has risen. It’s time this governor does something about the economy, other than veto things because they weren’t his idea.

“Yesterday the governor made a terse remark about the Legislature being on vacation. Well governor, on Monday the Senate will begin work on a package of bills to jump start our economy and hopefully put some people back to work. We invite you to join us in this effort.”