Democrats aren’t going ‘all the way,’ O’Scanlon argues

TRENTON – Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) disputed the notion that what Gov. Chris Christie has had during his tenure to date – a compliant opposition Democratic Party – is more desirable than a Republican Legislative Majority.

“The problem is there have been a few instances where they have reached across the aisle, yes,” O’Scanlon acknowledged in reference to the Democratic majority. “But we need them to be bipartisan on these and other issues. They’re not going all the way.”

When asked what Democrats could do to prove to be more of service to the governor’s agenda, O’Scanlon gave a nod toward Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21), Westfield.

“They could vote for him to be the Assembly speaker,” he said with a grin.

For O’Scanlon, a Monmouth County Republican and member of the budget committee, Christie’s signature accomplishment has been slowing the rate of debt.

“I’ll debate any Democrat on that point, he said.

Backing up Bramnick at the Republicans’ press conference at the War Memorial this afternoon, O’Scanlon added, “Our message to the voting public is that if you like Chris Christie and support him, and believe he’s doing the right thing, you vote for Republican candidates. You vote straight Republican.”