John Amodeo and Vince Polistina
New Jersey General Assembly, District 2
March 5, 2008
Assemblyman John Amodeo/609-677-8266
Assemblyman Vince Polistina/609-677-8266
AMODEO AND POLISTINA: CORZINE?S WASTED
$8 MILLION ON TOLL HIKE PLAN COULD HAVE BEEN USED TO PROVIDE MUNICIPAL AID
Assemblymen John Amodeo and Vince Polistina today said the $8 million in taxpayer funds Governor Jon Corzine wasted on developing and promoting his doomed massive toll hike plan could have been better spent on providing aid to Atlantic County municipalities which now face steep cuts.
According to figures released Tuesday by the state Department of Community Affairs, state aid to municipalities will be cut by nearly $170 million under Corzine?s proposed Fiscal Year 2008-2009 budget. Smaller towns will take the biggest hits with District 2, which Amodeo and Polistina represent, looking at a $3.3 million loss in state aid.
?This governor spent $8 million worth of hard earned taxpayer money and at least a half a million dollars of his own money to develop and promote an outrageous toll hike plan that he had to know was doomed from the start,? said Polistina, R-Atlantic. ?Instead of cutting aid to New Jersey?s smaller communities, Governor Corzine should go after the wasteful spending practices in Trenton, beginning in his own office. Our multi-millionaire governor should reimburse the state for the money he wasted on his monetization scheme.?
?When will our taxpayers ever get off of this tax, borrow and spend merry-go-round?? questioned Amodeo, R-Atlantic. ?The governor needs to make responsible state spending cuts. He spent millions on a gimmick that no one was interested in and because he didn?t get his way, he is now making the taxpayer pay again by cutting aid to their towns.?