Sussex Dems Must Disown Murphy's Sanctuary State

Lonegan:  Sussex Dems Must Disown Murphy's "Sanctuary State"

Conservative Steve Lonegan has called on those Democrats running on the ticket with gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy to disown him for saying that he would impose the burden of being a "sanctuary state" on the taxpayers of Sussex County.  Lonegan, a former Bergen County mayor and current Republican candidate for Congress in the 5th District,

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Lonegan:  Sussex Dems Must Disown Murphy's "Sanctuary State"

Conservative Steve Lonegan has called on those Democrats running on the ticket with gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy to disown him for saying that he would impose the burden of being a "sanctuary state" on the taxpayers of Sussex County.  Lonegan, a former Bergen County mayor and current Republican candidate for Congress in the 5th District, issued his call while campaigning for GOP gubernatorial candidate Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno.  

"Back in August, Phil Murphy's running mate (Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver) promised that the Democrats would make New Jersey a "sanctuary state" -- the whole state!  I remember hearing about it when I was at the Sussex County Fair.  The County Democrats had Sheila Oliver up at their booth, but never commented on her promise.  On Tuesday night, Phil Murphy himself made the same promise before a live audience, as well television and Internet audiences.  I was there, in the live audience, and was shocked at what I heard.  Now I want to know what the Democrats running with him think.  There is no hiding from this now," Lonegan said.

Lonegan called the "sanctuary state" policy "deeply destructive to the economic well-being of New Jersey."  He specifically called on Sussex County Democrat Committee Chair Leslie Huhn, Senate candidate Jennifer Hamilton, Assembly candidates Kate Matteson and Gina Trish, and Freeholder candidate Dan Perez, to publicly step away from the Murphy ticket and disown his policy.  "Otherwise," Lonegan warned, "we will know where they stand."

Lonegan quoted from a recent letter as to what the Democrats' "sanctuary state" policy would mean to the average taxpayer:

"A 'sanctuary state' will mean a huge influx of people who will need the social services safety net more than average.  The Democrat gubernatorial ticket has promised to impose a so-called 'millionaire's tax' that will chase away those who currently fund the state's social safety net.  Those who are left... the middle class who can't leave because of a job, or because they can't sell their home for what they paid for it, or because their child wants to finish school -- they will have to make up for the shortfall in higher taxes. 

That won't be easy, because at 26.1% of income, the cost of living in New Jersey is, according to Bloomberg, by far the most expensive in the nation.  Meanwhile, state household income is nearly seven percent lower than it was in 2008 and has only grown by a little more than one percent since then.  

Those coming to the new 'Sanctuary State' of New Jersey will enter the workforce of the gray economy, where the minimum wage doesn't apply.  But for everyone else it does -- which will leave trade union workers, manufacturing, medical care and health workers, service industry workers, and mothers with part-time jobs all at a disadvantage when competing for a job.  It will be bad news for people trying to pay their mortgage, their property taxes, those hoping to avoid foreclosure.  

And just where will all these newcomers to the 'Sanctuary State of New Jersey' reside?  Why in subsidized sanctuary housing -- courtesy of COAH and its plan to build tens of thousands of new subsidized no-questions-asked units throughout New Jersey.  

This will require massive infrastructure investment by taxpayers -- and an increase in property tax collections.  To pay for it, the Democrats intend to scrap the 2-percent cap on local government spending.  Under the Democrats property taxes rose an average of 6.1 percent a year -- triple the rate of inflation.  Since the cap, property taxes have gone up an average of just 2.1 percent a year.

"If the Democrats are successful with their idea, they will have to build a wall to keep taxpayers in," Lonegan said.  "We have a choice to reject this in a responsible, bi-partisan fashion, or Democrats Huhn, Hamilton, Matteson, Trish, and Perez can go the partisan route, which will damage the economic well-being of every working family in Sussex County."

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