Atlantic GOP chief criticizes Whelan over budget opposition

Hours after state Sen. Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic City) said he cannot support Gov. Chris Christie’s budget as currently constituted, Atlantic County Republican Chairman Keith Davis urged the senator to rethink his opposition to the state budget.

“Senator Whelan seems to be caught up in the same old Trenton mindset that voters resoundingly rejected last year,” Davis said.  “He wants to throw more money at his special projects, without recognizing that there is no money in the state coffers because of his Democratic Party’s inept management of government over the past decade.

“The last time Senator Whelan nit picked a state budget, the entire government was shut down and casino workers were thrown off the job over 4th of July weekend,” added Davis, a reference to the 2006 debacle under then-Gov. Jon Corzine.  “He needs to understand that voters are tired of that incompetence and Trenton politicians’ thirst for more government spending for pet projects and high taxes that suffocate New Jersey’s businesses. Senator Whelan should support this budget because it is a common sense fiscal plan that will get New Jersey back on track to create new jobs.  Most importantly, this budget does not raise taxes for the first time in memory and that’s welcome news for a state that is the most taxed in the nation.”

Atlantic GOP chief criticizes Whelan over budget opposition