President Donald Trump gave an 11th hour endorsement to GOP New Jersey Senate hopeful Bob Hugin Tuesday, saying the candidate has been “successful all his life” and would be a “Great Senator” for the state.
The Commander-in-Chief posted his last-minute pitch on social media, writing “Bob Hugin, successful all of his life, would be a Great Senator from New Jersey. He has my complete and total Endorsement! Get out and Vote for Bob.”
Bob Hugin, successful all of his life, would be a Great Senator from New Jersey. He has my complete and total Endorsement! Get out and Vote for Bob.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2018
Recent polling has Hugin closing the gap between himself and incumbent Democratic Senator Bob Menendez.
The President’s comments come just hours after he wrapped up an eleven-day, eleven-city campaign tour touting a growing economy, record-setting unemployment, and his administration’s harsh crackdown on illegal immigration.
BLUE STATE BLUES: New Jersey Governor to RAISE TAXES on ‘EVERYTHING’
The Democratic Governor of New Jersey Phil Murphy unveiled his vision for the state’s proposed budget Wednesday; raising taxes on “everything” in a bid to save the Garden State from ballooning debt and massive budget deficits.
Murphy -the liberal politician who replaced outgoing governor and presidential nominee Chris Christie- plans to fund the state’s record-setting $37.4 billion budget by increasing taxes on nearly everything, including: gambling, ride-sharing services, marijuana, tobacco, online sales, retail sales, and more.
The budget also increases spending for education, transportation services, and state-wide pension funds.
“If we enact another budget like the one our administration inherited, our middle class will continue to be the ones shouldering the burden, while seeing little in return,” Murphy said Tuesday. “A millionaire’s tax is the right thing to do… and now is the time to do it.”
“The proposal, 4.2 percent higher than the current fiscal year’s, relies on a tax for the wealthiest that has yet to be approved and lacks support from key Democrats in the legislature,” writes Bloomberg. “It also reverses pledges from Murphy’s predecessor, Republican Chris Christie, to lower taxes in a state where living costs are among the nation’s highest.”
BLUE STATE BLUES: New Jersey Weighs TAXING TAP WATER to Bolster Budget
New Jersey is poised to follow California’s lead in the coming weeks, with state officials weighing whether they should implement a new tax on tap water to help bolster the state’s bloated budget.
According to Fox News, the proposal is being introduced by State Sen. Bob Smith, who referred to the new tax as a “user fee.” The measure would implement a $0.10 levy on every 1,000 gallons of water used per household.
Smith claims the new tax would impose an average fee of $32 per year.
“The state already charges a public utility franchise tax on water system operators of $0.01 per 1,000 gallons of water delivered to a consumer. That tax, which went into effect in 1984, is supposed to ‘ensure clean drinking water in New Jersey,’” write Fox.
“Let’s call it for what it is… it’s another tax,” Councilman Peter Brown D-Linden said.
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