NJ Citizen Action: July Jobs Numbers A Clear Indictment Of Christie Agenda — Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Highland Park, NJ — As news was released that New Jersey lost 12,000 jobs in July — 4,900 in the public sector and 7,100 in the private sector, bringing New Jersey's unemployment rate to 9.8% — New Jersey Citizen Action released the following statement:

"The July jobs numbers are a clear indictment of Gov. Christie's agenda," said Jeff Brown, Policy and Communications Coordinator. "Gov. Christie has routinely stood in the way of fair policies that would invest in the middle class and NJ just keeps shedding jobs as a result."

"Gov. Christie has given out billions in corporate subsidies, vetoed a bill that would ask millionaires and billionaires to pay a little more so middle class New Jerseyans could get a property tax break, and vetoed a tax cut for the working poor that would have helped NJ families get by, while also stimulating local economies," said Brown.

"Furthermore, Governor Christie raided over $200 million dollars in clean energy funding that could have been used to invest in creating green jobs, jobs for low to moderately skilled workers that pay 13% higher than your average blue collar job," continued Brown.

"The bottom line is that time and time again, Gov. Christie has sided with corporations and the wealthy instead of fighting for a fair economy that would benefit all New Jerseyans, and we are all suffering as a result," added Brown.

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