Jon Corzine on Budget & Economy

Democratic Jr Senator (NJ)

My 1st priority--& 2nd & 3rd--is to get thru economic crisis

Our best days lie ahead--so Governor Corzine has said many times. How does he know? Because he's seen the plan--in fact, he wrote it. Over the next four years, the governor will build upon the successes his administration has already achieved in reigning in irresponsible spending and accounting practices on the one hand and focusing smart investments to improve quality of life on the other.

With our economic stimulus program, which was the first introduced in the country, and with the partnership in Washington, I think we are laying a firm economic foundation. When the economy turns, as it will inevitably, we will be in a strong position to lead the nation in recovery.

Tough times call for experienced, tested leadership. New Jersey needs a governor with the expertise to address the complicated challenges posed by the global economic meltdown.

My first priority--my second priority --and my third priority--is to get our state through these challenging economic times.

Source: Campaign website, www.joncorzine09.com, "Real Results" , Jul 21, 2009

Will not vote for any bill that will put us into deficit

I have pledged that we will not go into deficit spending, unless we enter into a recession, when the automatic stabilizers in our economy for unemployment insurance and other things kick in to cause that. I will not vote for any bill that will put us into deficit. Furthermore, I wonít vote for any tax increase, except possibly with regard to tobacco taxes, in the first six years that I am in the Senate. And the whole idea that weíre going to have $1.8 trillion in tax cuts [would] leave us with no ability to pay down the debt, no ability to do the things that I think the voters of New Jersey would like to see us invest in. Investing actually will lead to progress and prosperity as we go forward, and I think itís absolutely essential that we have a sound, prudent fiscal policy. I know what real numbers are. Iíve been working with them for 25 years in the private sector, putting together budgets, making them work, showing up and making sure that youíre held accountable for them.
Source: NJ Senatorial debate with Rep. Bob Franks , Oct 9, 2000

Voted NO on $40B in reduced federal overall spending.

Vote to pass a bill that reduces federal spending by $40 billion over five years by decreasing the amount of funds spent on Medicaid, Medicare, agriculture, employee pensions, conservation, and student loans. The bill also provides a down-payment toward hurricane recovery and reconstruction costs.
Reference: Work, Marriage, and Family Promotion Reconciliation Act; Bill S. 1932 ; vote number 2005-363 on Dec 21, 2005

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Frank Lautenberg
Robert Menendez

Newly seated 2010:
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VA Bob McDonnell

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CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
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