DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN RELEASES HOLIDAY WISH LIST

(Trenton) — Today, Chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, John Currie, released a holiday wish list, with items he hopes Santa will bring him on Christmas Day. Although Governor Christie has been naughty this year, his policies and misplaced priorities should not dampen the holiday spirit of New Jersey’s nice middle class families.

“Governor Christie's failed economic policies, wasteful spending, and broken promises continue to undermine the ability of New Jersey families to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the holiday season in general. He's dug such a deep hole, one can only assume he's looking for coal to stuff in our stockings,” said John Currie, Chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee. "As we come together with family and friends and reflect on the past year, we are reminded that hard working Garden Staters deserve better than we are getting from our Republican governor. My holiday wish list may seem long, but it mainly consists of things Governor Christie promised he would give us and has failed to deliver."

Chairman Currie’s holiday wish list follows:

    •    The pension funding that Governor Christie promised, touted, and then reneged on.
    •    More jobs — Under Christie, New Jersey ranks 48th in private sector job growth and significantly lags in job recovery, having returned just 47 percent of the jobs lost during the recession while the country has recovered more than 100 percent.
    •    An explanation about why the governor turned his back on Sandy survivors, fired a major recovery contractor, and vetoed the Sandy bill of rights.
    •    Transparency. For example, the deleted text messages the governor sent his top aide as Bridgegate unraveled, and responses to the numerous Open Public Records Act requests the Christie administration is fighting in court at taxpayer expense.
    •    Meaningful solutions for fixing the country’s broken immigration system, not partisan whining.
    •    Funding for New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund.
    •    Reduced property tax burdens for lower- and middle-income residents.
    •    An end to the governor’s use of the state treasury as an ATM for his political affairs.
    •    No more credit downgrades — eight is enough!
    •    Less shouting down well-intentioned constituents who have valid concerns about the Christie administration’s serious shortcomings.
    •    A responsible effort to fill the $1.5 billion budget shortfall created by Christie’s rosy budget projects.
    •    A refund for the more than 100 days that Governor Chris Christie spent out of state this year, traveling for political purposes on the taxpayer’s dime -- anyone else who skipped work as much would have long since been fired.

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