PRESS RELEASE: Fiocchi Says Testa Is Disingenuous At Best And Hypocritical At Worst On Rain Tax

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Today, via press release, Sam Fiocchi hit Michael Testa for “choosing to selectively look at the roll cal” on the rain tax vote and “ignore the fact that one of his supporters voted yes.” Fiocchi’s press release follows:

Fiocchi Says Testa Is Disingenuous At Best And Hypocritical At Worst On Rain Tax

Testa ignores the fact a state Senator who endorsed him voted yes on the rain tax.

VINELAND – Republican candidate for state Senate in the first legislative district, former Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi, said today, “It appears Michael Testa, Jr. wants to have it both ways on the ‘rain tax.’”

At issue is, last week, hours after Fiocchi issued a statement calling on replacement state Senator Bob Andrzejczak to explain to South Jerseyans why he supports the ‘rain tax,’ Testa took to social media in an attempt to jump on the anti-rain tax bandwagon with a graphic that read “Bob Andrzejczak and Trenton Democrats soaking taxpayers again.”

Testa also wrote the following along with his graphic, “Trenton politicians have NEVER found a tax they didn't like. A ‘RAIN TAX’ is just wrong. Taxing rain is a laughable example of government gone wild. As your next State Senator, I'll always protect our taxpayers. I will stand up to those eager to find new ways of fleecing our families.”

Throughout his complaining about the ‘rain tax’ Testa failed to mention he is proud to have the endorsement of a state Senator who voted yes on bill S-1073 on January 31st after it passed the Assembly and went back to the Senate for concurrence.

“While I obviously agree a ‘rain tax’ is wrong, it’s equally wrong to call someone out over it while completely ignoring the fact that a state Senator, someone Testa is proud to have an endorsement from and happens to be a headliner for his upcoming fundraiser, voted for bill S-1073,” Sam Fiocchi said. “Some might even call it hypocritical.”

“To be clear, this is not about the Senator whose vote Testa chose to ignore, that’s why I haven’t mentioned the Senator’s name.” Fiocchi continued, “This is about Michael Testa choosing to selectively look at the roll call on the vote and ignore the fact that one of his supporters voted yes. It’s disingenuous at best and hypocritical at worst to simply ignore the way someone headlining a fundraiser for you voted on a bill you take issue with. It certainly shows a lack of  leadership.”

“Make no mistake, this primary election is about who is best prepared to campaign against and defeat replacement state Senator Bob Andrzejczak,” Sam Fiocchi said. “It’s going to boil down to leadership and this is one example that clearly shows a lack of leadership on Michael Testa’s part.”

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PRESS RELEASE: Fiocchi Calls On Andrejczak To Tell Voters Why He Supports The ‘Rain Tax’

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Republican candidate for state Senate in LD1 Sam Fiocchi called out state Senator Bob Andrzejczak on his support of the rain tax. Fiocchi’s press release follows:

VINELAND – Republican candidate for state Senate in the first legislative district, former Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi, had planned on calling on Governor Phil Murphy not to sign the recently passed ‘Rain Tax,’ but upon realizing replacement state Senator Bob Andrzejczak voted yes on the final version of the bill last week Fiocchi now wants Andrzejczak to explain to South Jerseyans why he supports the tax.

Andrzejczak almost was able to skate by on the ‘Rain Tax.’ Obviously, he couldn’t have voted on it in June of 2018 because he was not yet a state Senator and he couldn’t join the Assemblymen from his district in voting no last week because he is no longer a member of that body. Then, when push came to shove and the Senate passed the final version of the bill in a 25-11 vote, Andrzejczak was there to cast his yes vote.

“On the issue of the ‘Rain Tax’ there is no free pass for replacement state Senator Bob Andrzejczak.” Sam Fiocchi said, “This is bad law that not only taxes New Jerseyans even more, but also gives municipalities the ability to create more debt through the issuance of bonds to create stormwater utilities. Naturally, that additional debt will lead to even higher taxes in one of the highest taxed states in the nation.”

Fiocchi continued, “While I absolutely believe Phil Murphy should not sign this bad bill into law, I also think Mr. Andrzejczak needs to explain to the voters of South Jersey why he believes they should pay even more to live in New Jersey simply because it rains.”

“As a Cumberland County Freeholder and as an Assemblyman I have always stood up for South Jersey.” Fiocchi said, “Mr. Andrzejczak’s decision to vote to add even more to the cost of living in New Jersey is one of many reasons why I look forward to putting my record up against his in the upcoming election.”

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PRESS RELEASE: Andrzejczak Gets A Free Pass On Minimum Wage

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Republican candidate for state Senate in LD1, former Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi, called out state Senator Bob Andrzejczak for failing to fight against the minimum wage increase. Fiocchi’s press release follows:

Andrzejczak Gets A Free Pass On Minimum Wage

State Senator took a page out of the Jeff Van Drew playbook

VINELAND – Republican candidate for state Senate in the first legislative district, former Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi, congratulated state Senator Bob Andrzejczak on getting a free pass on the minimum wage bill yesterday.

“Bob Andrzejczak took a page from the old Jeff Van Drew playbook yesterday,” Sam Fiocchi said. “He was given a free pass and voted no on the minimum wage bill yesterday, which of course gives him the ability to claim he did what his district wanted.”

Fiocchi continued, “That argument would be believable if he had displayed the kind of leadership state Senator Vin Gopal did. Senator Gopal at least spoke out against the bill in the weeks leading up to the vote and last year offered a compromise that, while increasing the minimum wage, wasn’t as drastic as making it $15 per hour. Never once did Andrzejczak make a public argument against the bill or the negative effects this bill will have on seasonal businesses in our district. Simply voting no, without putting up a fight for our district isn’t enough.”

Fiocchi asked, “Where was Andrzejczak in the weeks leading up to this vote? Why did he not join his fellow Democrat Senator Gopal in arguing for common sense?”

“South Jersey deserves a senator willing to stand up and take a public stance on the issues of the day,” Fiocchi said. “Voting no because your party had enough votes is not leadership. Bob Andrzejczak’s silence on the issue leading up to the vote tells me, and should tell the voters of this district, that if his party needed a yes he would have been there for his party. South Jersey deserves better!”

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