Last year,? Governor Christie’s “Director of Constituent Services” had police remove me from?his “Town Hall” meeting in Montville, Morris County, when I tried to hand out?four suggested questions for the Governor before the program started.?? Details of the incident are?published today’s?South Jersey Times at http://www.nj.com/south-jersey-voices/index.ssf/2014/01/letter_i_had_a_fort_lee_moment.html.???? Below is?an exact copy of what I was handing out.??Seth Grossman, Executive Director @Grossman4NJ
IN 2008, DEMOCRAT GOVERNOR JON CORZINE BROUGHT ?TOWN HALL MEETINGS?? TO NEW JERSEY TO SELL HIS 700% TOLL HIKE SCHEME.?????
?TOWN HALL MEETINGS? ARE DESIGNED TO DELIVER THE LEADER?S MESSAGE AND SUPPRESS OPPOSITION IN A CONTROLLED SETTING, WHILE APPEARING TO BE FAIR AND OPEN.
BUT IF YOU CHALLENGE THE LEADER, AND ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ISSUES THAT MATTER MOST,? YOU CAN CHANGE THE SCRIPTED? OUTCOME.?? THAT?S HOW WE STOPPED CORZINE?S TOLL HIKES.?? ASK QUESTIONS LIKE THESE:
1.? Five years ago, Governor Corzine?s pie charts said state government debt of $117 billion–$32 billion in bonds, $25 billion in unfunded pension debt, and $50 billion in unfunded medical benefits for retirees was a big problem.?? This debt came to $45,000 per household, and gobbled up 15% of the state budget or $5 billion each year.?? What are those numbers today, and why don?t you think that this is a problem?
2.? Two years ago, some 1,800 voters in Atlantic City filed a petitions to force a public vote on whether the Revel Casino should get 20 years of tax breaks.? But you joined with Democrats to pass a special law that took away their voting rights.??? Do you now admit that this was a mistake, and are you now willing to force new owners of the Revel to pay the same taxes as everyone else?
3.? Cheap natural gas is cutting the cost of electricity in other states, but your administration is keeping electric rates at roughly double what they should be.? Do you still plan to subsidize solar panels and continue plans to put wind turbines out in the ocean to make electric rates go up even more?
4.? You say that you want to cut taxes.? But how can you cut taxes if your $31 billion budget is $2 billion or seven percent higher than Corzine?s last budget?