Christie's "Jersey Comeback" Becomes "Christie's Blowback"

"On the road again

Goin' places that I've never been

Seein' things that I may never see again

And I can't wait to get on the road again"

       - Willie Nelson

While Governor Christie has been "on the road again," and again, and again, what he hailed as the "Jersey Comeback'" is now the "Christie Blowback" - instead of propelling himself and us forward we are traveling in the opposite direction.

Some facts:

  • 1 in every 1,842 NJ housing units received a foreclosure filing in April 2012. (RealtyTrak)

  • Unemployment is at 9%. (U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  • Net property taxes are 20 percent higher under Christie than they were when Democrat Jon Corzine left office two years ago. (NJ Spotlight)

  • Tax revenues through April are $230 million below the forecast for the first ten months of the current fiscal year. (State Department of Treasury)

  • Christie administration is now facing at least a $121 million shortfall in energy tax collections atop the $230 million shortfall revealed on Tuesday. (Assembly Budget Chair Vincent Prieto)

  • Christie administration and the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services are now about $850 million apart on revenue projections through fiscal 2013. (estimate of Senate Budget Chair Paul Sarlo)

  • The state's seasonally adjusted job count fell by 8,600 in March. In the private sector, the loss totaled 11,600. (Treasury Department Chief Economist Charles Steindel)

  • Our Indexes of Coincident Economic Indicators (CEI) for March show economic activity grew at a robust pace in New York State, a healthy clip in New York City but a diminished pace in New Jersey. (Federal Reserve Bank)

    Please Governor, less road action and more home action. What we all need is a comeback not a blowback.  

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