To our new Gov­er­nor

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - OPINION -

Gov­er­nor-Elect Phil Mur­phy has his work cut out for him, and we have to hope that he will not pos­sess the bully and ad­ver­sar­ial de­meanor that has been a con­stant trait of our lame duck gov­er­nor, Chris Christie. We also have to hope that Mur­phy will re­think his re­ported cam­paign pledge to raise taxes across the board.

“Thanks” to Christie, and his pre­de­ces­sors, New Jersey has wit­nessed an ex­o­dus of res­i­dents mov­ing out of the Gar­den State, mainly to seek re­lief from the high real es­tate prop­erty tax bur­den. If the Mur­phy tax plan gets through the Leg­is­la­ture, my fear is that the ex­o­dus of long­time res­i­dents, es­pe­cially among the mid­dle class and res­i­dents liv­ing on fixed in­comes, will es­ca­late. Is this what Mur­phy re­ally wants to see hap­pen?

I did not vote for Mur­phy, and I did not vote for Kim What­sher­name. I was not im­pressed with ei­ther can­di­date, and it ap­pears that New Jerse-yeans are stuck with Mur­phy, who was re­ally the lesser of two evils. We just have to hope that Mur­phy backs off on his grandiose tax in­crease plan. If he pur­sues it, he is very likely to be a one-term gov­er­nor.

— Taxed To The Hilt

The Guadagno camp fear-mon­gered enough about the tax hikes. He said he’s raise taxes on the rich and get a lot of money through mar­i­juana le­gal­iza­tion, not an across-the­board-tax-hike for all res­i­dents.

— Ed Note

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