(EAST ORANGE) – Lester Taylor, Democratic candidate for mayor, issued the following statement in response to Governor Chris Christie’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Address:
“It was disheartening that Gov. Christie’s speech did not include a plan on how to get New Jersey residents back to work.
“East Orange residents, like families throughout the state, continue to struggle and are fed up with an unemployment rate that remains higher than neighboring states and nearly two points higher than the national average.
“The governor made no mention of how he will help our neediest residents. He called for an across-the-board income tax cut, but said nothing about restoring his cuts to the Earned Income Tax Credit.
“By pushing back the date when homeowners will receive their homestead rebates, the governor told our seniors and middle-class families that their property tax relief is less important than election year gimmicks.
“While Gov. Christie should be commended for enabling greater access to affordable health care by accepting federal funds to expand Medicaid coverage, it comes after the governor slashed funding to FamilyCare, a vital service for our most vulnerable residents.
“Gov. Christie’s budget raises more questions than provides answers for families in East Orange who are looking to find quality jobs and receive the help they deserve.”