Gov. Jon Corzine was a no-show at joint appearance with his two main rivals at a Gannett New Jersey editorial board meeting this morning, and the Republican Christopher Christie's campaign manager says it's because Corzine wanted to avoid talking about property taxes – the topic of the Gannett forum.
"Once again, Jon Corzine is ducking out of his responsibility to the voters of New Jersey. We have the highest property taxes in the country, the highest tax burden in the nation and nearly 10 percent unemployment," said Bill Stepien, Christie's campaign manager. "Voters deserve to know why Jon Corzine is promising to raise taxes when he has failed to cut spending or rein in special interests. As usual, Jon Corzine would rather hide behind his Wall Street millions and let slanderous attack ads be his message, rather than face New Jerseyans and his failed record."
According to his public schedule, Corzine was expected to speak at the ribbon cutting ceremony for a new Elizabethtown Gas facility in Union Township. Daggett and Christie attended the Gannett forum.
"Jon Corzine just doesn't get it – we can't afford any more tax increases," said Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains), the Republican State Chairman.