Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver used the numbers to blast Gov. Chris Christie’s recent decision to veto a package of Democratically-led bills to stimulate the economy.
“Governor Christie needs to realize that the only way we are going to get New Jersey’s economy moving again is by working together,” Sweeney said in a release about the news that the state’s jobless rate is at 9.1 percent and the state lost 13,000 jobs in January.
“He had a chance to put job creation and economic growth front and center by signing the ‘Back to Work NJ’ legislation. Instead, he vetoed them.
“That kind of action won’t do a thing to change the fact that New Jersey is ranked 48th in business climate, continues to hemorrhage jobs and is moving nowhere on the economy.”
And Oliver said, “With the sustained levels of high unemployment we are seeing, one would think that the Governor and our Republican colleagues in the Legislature would be placing more of an emphasis on job creation and economic stimulation.
“For the unemployed people of our state, I’m all the more saddened that Republicans did an about face and fell in line with the Governor instead of sticking to their original principles when they voted for these bills the first time around.”
The Democrats were unable to successfully muster the votes for veto overrides of Christie’s actions.