Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Let's Talk Issues

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Let's Talk Issues

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IN LESS than two months, New Jersey voters will go to polling places to vote for governor. The passage of Labor Day traditionally signals the beginning of intense campaigning. The day came and went this year with little notice partly because Governor Christie has been campaigning for governor -- and perhaps president -- for at least two years, and his Democratic challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono, has yet to find her footing on the campaign trail.

Christie can only make an issue over whether he is indeed overweight and whether Buono was alluding to his girth in a rather innocuous comment about Christie frolicking on the beach because the gubernatorial campaign so far has been without much substance. The governor is effectively promoting his efforts during last year's devastating storm. He deserves credit, and he is not shy in accepting it.

Whoever is the governor in 2014 must have a vision for the next four years. We have not heard of one. Buono recently unveiled an education plan that promotes expanded public education without outlining how to pay for it. The governor trumpets the 2 percent cap as a victory - a victory made possible because of Democratic support - but the truth is that the pressure on taxpayers has not been reduced; it has been handed off to local municipalities to figure out.

In the coming weeks we need to hear how New Jersey's governor will work to reduce the state's still-too-high employment. How businesses can be attracted to New Jersey without giving away so much in tax incentives as to negate the short-term benefits for ratable-starved municipalities.

New Jersey needs more good jobs - not part-time, seasonal ones at the Shore or at casinos being propped up at all costs by the state. The casino industry and its restricted presence in Atlantic City must be rethought. Christie's timeframe for Atlantic City revitalization is nearly up, and the results have not been good. …

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