"Jersey Joe" goes after Illinois

That’s right, state Sen. Joseph Pennacchio, R-Montville, sent out a release today criticizing Illinois, where the income tax was just raised from 3 cents to 5 cents. Here is what he said:

“Contrast New Jersey’s newly found fiscal discipline with Illinois, another state in serious fiscal trouble. While we have begun to reverse course to allow middle-class families to enjoy the prosperity we once enjoyed, Illinois seems bound and determined to repeat the mistakes that caused this mess in the first place.”

Interestingly, Gov. Christie referred to Illinois as well in his state of the state address, saying basically the same thing Pennacchio did.
It probably will not surprise you to learn that last year, Christie campaigned for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Illinois. That was Bill Brady. He lost.


About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

8 Responses to "Jersey Joe" goes after Illinois

  1. P says:

    Illinois is the poster child for what not to do, and the fact that Pat Quinn was elected means that it’s open season for Republicans to dump on the state. It will also help in two years time when everyone is reminded that the guy who is piling up debt in WDC was previously a big-spending legislator in Springfield, IL.

    P.S. The top rate on the Income Tax went from 3% to 5% (a 60% increase). Only Property Tax rates are measured in pennies.

  2. P says:

    More good news . . if you’re the governor of Wisconsin or Indiana or Missouri – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704803604576078291454012106.html?mod=WSJ_hp_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsTop

    Time to Fix NJ before we are in the same boat.

  3. Ted Doty says:

    Pbrain, if you can’t convince people to accept views on the merits, they really aren’t very good. Trying to incite anger or fear to gain acceptance is just silly

  4. P says:

    CluelessTed weighs in with his standard off-target rant mixed in with his typical Liberal talking points that always include the words “hate,” “anger” and “fear!” Yes Ted, we have YOUR number.

    The fact is that states with huge economic problems that decide to tax their people to death to make up for their politicians’ lack of willpower will be driving businesses and higher income individuals with any degree of mobility out of state thus accelerating their race to the bottom and bankruptcy.

    The fact that you think otherwise is just another exhibit that will be used at your competency hearing.

  5. Ted Doty says:

    Pbrain, I addresses you inability to convince people on the merits of your argument and your need to incite anger or hate in an attempt to make a point.

    It’s a Pbrain MO that has nothing to do with being conservative or liberal

  6. Ted Doty says:

    At least we now know that you have no clue as to a convincing argument to support your claim.

    Better luck next time. And Pbrain, focus on one problem at a time

  7. P says:

    Truly CLUE-LESS

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