Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains), the New Jersey GOP Chairman, says that unemployment numbers released today is evidence of Gov. Jon Corzine's "record of failure."
"The people of New Jersey don't have to look any further than today's unemployment numbers -now at 9.2% -to know Governor Corzine's record of failure has led to 17 consecutive months of job losses and the highest unemployment in the state in 32 years," Webber said in a statement released in advance of President Barack Obama's visit to New Jersey this afternoon. "No amount of campaigning by the President or any of Governor Corzine's Washington friends can change this fact. New Jerseyans are hungry for a candidate that represents positive change in Trenton and throughout our state – it's clear they have found that in Chris Christie."
Christie's campaign manager, Bill Stepien, offered a similar message.
"With unemployment at the highest it's been in 32 years, Governor Corzine is going to need more than hope to offer hard-working New Jerseyans trying to make ends meet," Stepien said. "Over 200,000 jobs have been lost on Jon Corzine's watch and his answer has been to raise taxes and take away needed property tax relief. New Jersey needs Chris Christie to refocus our state's priorities, create new industry and bring back our cities if we're going to have long-term job growth and reverse the Corzine economy."