Atlantic County Freeholder At-Large Joe McDevitt today called on Governor Jon Corzine to stop raiding the New Jersey Arts and History Trust funds which together generate more than $2 billion in annual economic activity.

?With the Atlantic City Casinos already operating on life support, Jon Corzine and the Democrats are continuing their assault on the tourism industry here in Atlantic County,? said McDevitt. ?Shutting down the casinos, scaling back shore protection, massive tax and toll increases have already weakened the tourism industry, and now Corzine?s decision not to fully fund these programs will place the future of more than 100,000 jobs and 17,000 small businesses in jeopardy.?

McDevitt is calling on Corzine to restore full funding to these programs which generate more than $50 million in recurring state revenue.

?A promise made should be a promise kept,? said McDevitt ?When the hotel/motel tax was passed Jon Corzine and Democrats like Jeff Van Drew promised that the revenue generated would be placed in a self sustaining fund which would be used to fully fund these programs. Unfortunately, we have come to find out that this is no longer the case.?

McDevitt went on to add that, ?Atlantic County can no longer afford Jon Corzine after the last four years of the same failed economic policies.?


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