PRESS RELEASE: NJGOP Chairman: Sobering Statistics On New Jersey's Shrinking Economy Keep Stacking Up

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Trenton, NJ - New Jersey's year-over-year job growth declined to its lowest point since 2011 according to figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. New Jersey's annual job growth is now at less than one percent. 

Last week Governor Murphy proposed growing the size of state government by over a billion dollars in his annual budget address. 

"Sobering statistics on New Jersey's shrinking economy keep stacking up," said NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt. "The state of New Jersey is on the path to insolvency and Governor Murphy’s progressive idealism is sucking the economic life out of it. Job killing programs like mandated wages, Obamacare fines, corporate tax hikes and billion dollar tax increases are taking a devastating toll on New Jersey’s economy, leaving struggling families with no where to turn.”

Steinhardt continued, "At a time when state government should be shrinking, New Jersey Democrats are growing it. Despite the worst job report in 5 years, state government added 2900 more jobs. Just last week, nj.com released the list of the 25 highest paid employees at NJ Transit, all men and all earning over $200,000. Another report detailed how political insiders are using the Schools Development Authority as their personal, patronage pit."

"New Jersey deserves honest solutions to real problems," said Chairman Steinhardt. "Freeze new taxes. Put a 2% cap on State budget growth, just like New Jersey municipalities do. Then, incentivize business to invest and grow here by cutting corporate tax rates, creating private sector jobs, and shaping a path to the middle class that’s attainable and real not fallacious and phony.”

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PRESS RELEASE: NJGOP Chairman: Stop Harassing Legal Gun Owners

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NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt called on Governor Phil Murphy to “stop harassing law-abiding citizens simply for owning a firearm.” The Chairman’s press release follows:

Trenton, NJ - NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt is standing up for Second Amendment supporters and legal gun owners. He wants Governor Phil Murphy to stop harassing law-abiding citizens simply for owning a firearm.

"The harassment of legal firearms owners by our government must end. Governor Murphy's political desire to appease the anti-gun lobby can’t come at the expense and from the pockets of law-abiding New Jerseyans who are simply exercising their Second Amendment right to own a firearm," said NJGOP Chairman Steinhardt. "That it should cost half as much for the privilege of obtaining a driver’s license as it does to exercise a constitutional right, is wrong. Taxes and fees should have a rational nexus to a legitimate government purpose, and not just be used to fund a basket of liberal, government giveaways."

According to a report from NJ 101.5, gun fees would increase from $5 to $100 for a firearms purchaser identification card and from no charge to $50 for a duplicate ID card; from $2 to $50 for a permit to purchase; from $20 to $400 for applications or renewals of gun-carry permits; and from $15 to $45 for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System review for firearms purchases.

Applications for wholesale or retail dealer employee licenses would go from $5 to $40; applications for retail firearms dealer licenses would go from $50 to $500; and applications for manufacturers or wholesale dealers of firearms would go from $150 to $1,500.

In total this would amount to a $9 million dollar tax on lawful gun owners. The fee for a driver's license in New Jersey is $24.

The NJGOP petition to stop the gun tax can be found here: https://www.njgop.org/petition/stop-punishing-legal-gun-owners/ 

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PRESS RELEASE: NJGOP Chairman Calls On Legislature To Unite To Kill Obamacare Business Tax

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NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt calls on Democrats to join Republicans in opposing Governor Phil Murphy’s new tax on large businesses of $150 per employee enrolled in Medicaid. The Chairman’s press release follows:

Trenton, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy has proposed a new tax on large businesses of $150 per employee enrolled in Medicaid. The new tax would apply to every New Jersey business with 50 or more employees.

NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt is calling on Democrats in the New Jersey legislature to join Republicans in opposing this new tax.

"We need to incentivize businesses to grow and invest here, not chase them away with the second highest corporate tax in the country and now the reintroduction to New Jersey of some of the worst of Obamacare’s fines and penalty policies," said Chairman Steinhardt. "Every added assessment, even $150 per employee, is another signal to New Jersey’s business owners that they aren’t welcome here. We call on leaders from both sides to find honest solutions to New Jersey’s fiscal problems. Phil Murphy's tax foolishness is no answer."

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