Buono slams recent job report figures, GOP lawmaker hails report

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful is weighing in on monthly job figures Thursday, attacking her opponent for losses despite a slight drop in the state’s unemployment rate.

Sen. Barbara Buono issued a statement refuting Gov. Chris Christie’s “New Jersey Comeback” actually exists. The slogan was used by the administration when Christie would take his message to voters during town hall meetings.

“The only ‘New Jersey Comeback’ is the one that exists in Chris Christie’s mind,” Buono said. “While he spends his time trying to spin his record of failure to national Republicans, our state’s 400,000 unemployed have been left behind. For the second month in a row, we have lost jobs – more than 12,000 – and people are dropping out of the workforce because they have lost hope.”

Buono’s statement comes as the Department of Labor and Workforce reported today that last month’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.5 percent after dipping 0.1 percent from the previous month. It was the second consecutive month the rate dropped by 0.1 percent.

The agency boasted New Jersey’s unemployment rate has reached its lowest point since March 2009.

However, news of the dip in the unemployment rate for August was joined by the announcement the state lost 1,500 jobs.

“It is clear that the Governor’s trickle down economic policies have been an abysmal failure,” Buono said.

Buono’s statement came after Republican state lawmakers hailed the new job report figures as “encouraging,” said Assemblyman Jon Bramnick.

“Over the last three years, Governor Christie’s sound fiscal policies have created over 142,000 private-sector jobs, reversing the negative trend of the previous eight years when we lost nearly 190,000 jobs,” he said. “I am confident that the bipartisan Economic Opportunity Act legislation signed yesterday by the governor will continue to help grow our economy and create jobs.”  

Buono slams recent job report figures, GOP lawmaker hails report