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a ploy not a plan

Doug Forrester has offered a ploy, not a plan.  As recognized by commentators and respected members of his own party, Mr. Forrester's "30-in-3" gimmick simply is not credible; he'll never be able to deliver on his promise.  So it's no wonder that he refuses to level with New Jerseyans as to how he intends to pay for his plan.  In a state with a $28 billion budget, $9 billion of new state spending that the Forrester plan will require over four years will mean drastic cuts in state aid to education, prescription drug coverage for seniors, and affordable housing for New Jersey's working families.

To make matters worse, Forrester's plan promises new relief for millionaires, rather than making seniors and middle class families a priority; in fact, New Jersey's seniors would lose the special property tax treatment they get today.  And though Forrester's plan will cost a whopping $15.2 billion over four years, not a dime of that money will go to New Jersey's more than one million renting households.  If you don't believe me, perhaps you'll believe the Trenton Times, the Bergen Record, and the Courier Post:

"The rebates Corzine wants to increase would be abolished under Forrester's initiative." [Trenton Times, 6/13/05]

Bergen Record columnist Herb Jackson wrote, "The Republican plan, dubbed `30 in 3,' scraps the state's biggest rebate program, which provides larger checks to senior citizens and smaller or no checks to most other homeowners." [Bergen Record, 6/13/05]
"To pay for his plan, Forrester would eliminate property tax rebates." [Courier Post, 10/1/05]

Even Acting Governor Codey sees through Forrester's plans.  As per the Star-Ledger, "[Codey] said Forrester, if elected, would have no chance of enacting his property tax relief program.  "Once again, with all due respect to Doug Forrester, how in God's name is he going to pay for it? It is totally unrealistic. You cannot even call it pie in the sky.  ...  If it is not realistic, it will not get through the Legislature," Codey continued. "You would have to dig up Houdini to do it and I do not know where Houdini is buried.""  [Star-Ledger, 10/14/05]

And things look grim for New Jersey taxpayers if "Governor Forrester" looks anything like Mayor and Councilman Forrester, who increased West Windsor's property taxes 200 percent.  [Star-Ledger, 6/2/05]  Quite frankly, New Jersey can't afford Doug Forrester.

by Matt Stoller on November 07 at 12:09 PM EST

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