TRENTON – There's state Sen. Kevin O'Toole (R-Cedar Grove) railing against the proposed 2010 budget.
"There are seven new taxes in this budget," exclaims O'Toole, chair of the Essex County Republican Party and chair of the Republican chairs. "That adds up to $1 billion in this budget, and it's bad enough, it's evil enough, it's anti-business enough.
"But it's on top of 103 new taxes since 2002," he adds incredulously. "It's mind-numbing. It's crippling. We have built this problem brick by brick, tax by tax."
He badmouths Gov. Jon Corzine's tax rebate plan.
"2.5 million people received tax rebates last year, this year, 1.1 million will receive rebates," fumes O'Toole.
Now GOP gubernatorial nominee Chris Christie has won headlines with The New York Times for grabbing urban education as an issue in the governor's race, and here's O'Toole, hammering on the issue in his speech on behalf of the Senate Republicans.
He also slams Democratic leadership for failing to adequately fund higher education.
"In New Jersey, 56% of the students who are born here, leave here, 27,000 students we lose each and every year," O'Toole says.