Allen says New Jersey needs to “live within its means”

State Sen. Diane Allen sounded a note of fiscal responsibility today, outlining a plan she said would encourage state government to “live within its means.”

Allen, along with Assembly running mates Brian Propp and Nancy Griffin, announced a three point plan to “make New Jersey more affordable.” The three said that, if elected, they would write legislation to cap state spending growth at the rate of inflation plus population growth, require all appropriations to be submitted as bills and “require recurring expenses to be funded by recurring revenues and not one-shot gimmicks.”

“New Jersey is unaffordable because state government has been maxing out its credit card and passing the bill on to our taxpayers. It’s time to stop. Working families have been abused enough,” said Allen. “Our taxpayers are not a bottomless ATM, and they shouldn’t be forced to endure watching legislators of any party run up their tab with more and more wasteful spending that ignores our priorities.”

Yesterday, Allen’s opponent, Richard Dennison, showed up at her legislative office to criticize her for voting to implement the Homestead Tax Rebate but voting against the budget that ultimately funded it. Allen responded that asset monetization language and unnecessary spending forced her to cast a no vote on what she considered a deeply flawed budget. Today’s reference to “one-shot gimmicks,” can be read as a criticism of tax rebates, which Gov. Corzine has not guaranteed for next year.

Reached for comment, Dennison dismissed the idea of Allen as a fiscal conservative.

“How ironic that after 12 years as a state legislator, Diane Allen has done nothing to cut spending and when I start holding news conferences in front of her office she
wants to masquerade as a fiscal conservative,” said Dennison. “Put your money where your mouth is, Diane.”

Allen says New Jersey needs to “live within its means”