Buono on WHYY Radio: It's Time for Change in New Jersey
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, September 12, 2013, 04:00 PM EDT
Senator Buono was a guest on WHYY's NewsWorks Tonight on Tuesday, where she spoke about her economic plan and vision for New Jersey as Governor. Over the past three and a half years, Governor Christie's primary economic plan has to provide billions in tax credits to millionaires all while working and middle class families struggle to make ends meet. With 400,000 New Jerseyans out of work, it's clear that new leadership is needed in the Garden State. Senator Buono's economic vision contrasts sharply with Governor Christie's ineffective economic policies by investing in local small businesses, essential infrastructure projects and the middle class. With Senator Buono as Governor, New Jersey's middle class, which has been left behind under Governor Christie, will once again have a staunch advocate in Trenton.
Heller: What are some of the issues you are standing behind?
Buono: Well I think the most important issue has to be the economy and the lack of jobs. You know, this governor has spent his four years focused on investing in millionaires instead of investing in the middle class. His economic policy has been a failure and its sum in substance of his economic policy has been to give tax credits to big corporations, 2.1 billion dollars in tax credits. And they haven’t returned on their investment and we don’t have the quality or quantity of jobs that were promised.
Buono: I have a very detailed economic plan. The Buono administration would be a stark contrast from Chris Christie’s. His idea of economic revival is the trickle-down supply side economics where you give tax credits at the top and you hope that they create jobs and invest in the economy. Well we see that hasn’t worked in New Jersey. And so, what I envision is an economic plan that would invest in the middle class. It focuses some of that tax credits on the 95% of our businesses that our small businesses. They’re the ones that are crying out for help, crying out for access to capital. We also have to build on what we have in New Jersey is a great location also. And yet, if you have a crumbling infrastructure, businesses won’t locate to New Jersey and they certainly won’t expand. And so, part of my plan is to invest in the infrastructure to draw down those federal funds that this governor has refused.
Buono: You know, we needed to build another tunnel into New York City. It would have created jobs on this side of the river, enhanced property values, created long-term jobs to the tune of about 40,000 and this governor pulled the plug on it just to cater to the right-wing conservative base of the Republican party to further his national ambitions.