GOP outlines campaign platform

New Jersey Republicans say they’re offering voters a “Choice for Change” in this year’s election, but Senate President Richard Codey said that they’re stuck in 1991.

The Republicans today outlined a platform that they hope will propel them to legislative majorities come November. If a Republican majority is elected, the party will pledge to cut $1 billion from the state budget, make it easier to recall elected officials and oppose any raise in taxes and toughen anti-corruption measures.

The GOP would also “let the people decide” whether to cap state spending at the rate of inflation, require a 2/3 supermajority to pass any tax increases and change the school aid formula.

All of this by July 4, 2008.

"This is the most aggressive reform agenda ever offered during a legislative campaign in New Jersey,” said Republican State Chairman Tom Wilson. “Government is broken and it has become unresponsive to the concerns of New Jersey taxpayers. This agenda takes money and power away from politicians and puts it back in the hands of our citizens.”

Wilson unveiled the plan along with Senate Minority Leader Leonard Lance and Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce.

Codey says that the Republicans were living in the past, using the same platform that the party used in 1991. And, perhaps in a New Jersey first, he analogized the Republicans to Britney Spears.

“This is the same platform the Republicans ran on sixteen years ago. History shows us that during the ten years they ran the statehouse, they did none of this,” said Codey. “Now all ofa sudden they want to be reformers? That’s like saying Britney Spears is tired of partying and wants to be a cloistered nun,” said Codey, who noted that the Democrats had passed more than thirty ethics laws while in office.

GOP outlines campaign platform