State of New Jersey Archives: on Jobs


Chris Christie: Zero means zero: fight abuse of sick leave & pension fraud

Let's not forget the expensive practice of sick leave payouts for government employees. Sick time should be used when you're sick. If you're lucky enough to be healthy, that's your reward. Sick leave has been abused too many times, and the cost is real. Almost a billion dollars in liability facing NJ towns--$880 million to be exact. And it will only get higher if the system is not fixed. These reforms are common sense: let's lift this billion dollar albatross off the necks of NJ's towns. Let's together enact the "zero means zero" plan.

Our pension system is burdened by some who collect disability retirement because they claim they are "totally and permanently disabled," but who are now working full-time. So we've established by Executive Order a special unit to prosecute pension fraud. Let's go even further to solidify our pension system and reduce costs by reforming our disability retirement system to end this fraud and abuse. This will also help us to reduce property taxes.

Source: 2014 State of the State address to N.J. Legislature Jan 14, 2014

Barbara Buono: Raise minimum wage & restore Earned Income Tax Credit

Under Gov. Christie, New Jersey boasts the highest unemployment rate in the region, foreclosures are on the rise and New Jersey's property taxes are the highest in the nation. With so many families struggling, Barbara's top priority is putting New Jerseyans back to work.

Barbara is committed to creating the chance to get an affordable education and a good job and to go as far as your talents take you. That's why she introduced legislation to make college costs more transparent and fought to keep higher education costs down. She's championed efforts to hold down property taxes by asking the wealthiest to pay their fair share, and she's cut taxes for small businesses to spur new hiring.

Barbara's leading the fight to increase NJ's minimum wage and ensure it keeps up with inflation. And as governor, she'll restore funding for the Earned Income Tax Credit that was slashed by Governor Christie, helping more hardworking New Jerseyans support their families and move from welfare to work.

Source: N.J. Gubernatorial 2013 website, buonoforgovernor.com Apr 25, 2013

Chris Christie: I inherited 119,000 private-sector jobs lost

Christie said on March 6th that the year before he took office, the state lost 119,000 private-sector jobs, labeling them "Corzine jobs losses of 2009."

Christie's number is in the ballpark. Let's look at the Republican governor's numbers and whether Corzine is truly to blame for those lost jobs. Both the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and NJ Department of Labor show NJ had 3,209,900 private-sector jobs in December 2009. A year prior, the state had 3,325,600 private-sector jobs. That's a net loss of 115,700 jobs.

Next, we need to determine whether Corzine really is to blame for those lost jobs. The first half of 2009--Corzine's last year in office--was marked by recession. The governor not only can't take all the credit for job gains, he can't pin blame for loss solely on another administration when there are other factors at work.

Our ruling: Since the governor's number is off slightly and the claim implies that Corzine is to blame for those job losses, we give Christie a ruling of Half True.

Source: PolitiFact.com on 2013 N.J. governor debates Mar 21, 2013

Barbara Buono: N.J. unemployment worse than US average & surrounding states

Barbara Buono on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013, said, "While the US has seen its unemployment rate steadily decline, NJ's remains nearly 2% higher than the national average and more than a point higher than CT and NY."

There are differing opinions about how unemployment should be measured but based strictly on the unemployment rate, Buono's three points appear to be valid. The national unemployment rate lingered at 9% throughout 2011. By February of this year it had fallen to 7.7%. So Buono is right that the US unemployment rate has declined steadily. Next, is NJ's unemployment rate nearly 2% higher than the nation's? It is, but only since about July 2012. Finally, how does NJ's unemployment rate stack up against CT and NY? BLS data shows that NJ's unemployment rate was at least 1% higher than CT's rate throughout 2012.

Our ruling: Given the varying degrees of accuracy, as well as the state measuring unemployment differently from the BLS, we rate Buono's claim "Mostly True."

Source: PolitiFact.com on 2013 N.J. governor debates Mar 19, 2013

Chris Christie: 75,000 new private sector jobs since taking office in 2010

Sandy may have stalled New Jersey's economy, but there is plenty of evidence that New Jerseyans have not let it stop our turnaround. The direction is now clear. Here is the latest economic report:Since I took this office, participation in New Jersey's labor force is higher than the nation as a whole and the number of people employed has grown. That means that more people have the confidence to be out looking for jobs, and more people actually have jobs. In total, we have added nearly 75,000 private sector jobs in New Jersey since we took office in January 2010.
Source: N.J. 2013 State of the State Address Jan 8, 2013

Bob Menendez: Supports minimum wage increase

When Kyrillos said he favored raising New Jersey's minimum wage next year--though not by constitutional amendment, as the state's Senate Democratic leader wants to do--Menendez noted that he had a chance to vote for it in 2005. "You've become the biggest flip-flopper in the Legislature," said Menendez. "You voted against a minimum wage increase when you had the chance."

Menendez and Kyrillos cast blame in each others' direction for New Jersey's 9.9% unemployment rate, which is significantly above the national rate of 7.8%. "Other states see their unemployment rates lowering," Menendez said. "What are you doing to create jobs? I don't see it."

For his part, Kyrillos said Menendez was "outsourcing his responsibility" for New Jersey's troubles, and on the state level brought the blame back to the last governor, a Democrat.

Source: Newark Star-Ledger on 2012 N.J. Senate debate Oct 10, 2012

Joe Kyrillos: Supports state law for minimum wage, but no Amendment

When Kyrillos said he favored raising New Jersey's minimum wage next year--though not by constitutional amendment, as the state's Senate Democratic leader wants to do--Menendez noted that he had a chance to vote for it in 2005. "You've become the biggest flip-flopper in the Legislature," said Menendez. "You voted against a minimum wage increase when you had the chance."

Menendez and Kyrillos cast blame in each others' direction for New Jersey's 9.9% unemployment rate, which is significantly above the national rate of 7.8%. "Other states see their unemployment rates lowering," Menendez said. "What are you doing to create jobs? I don't see it."

For his part, Kyrillos said Menendez was "outsourcing his responsibility" for New Jersey's troubles, and on the state level brought the blame back to the last governor, a Democrat.

Source: Newark Star-Ledger on 2012 N.J. Senate debate Oct 10, 2012

Chris Christie: Ok with either unionized state workers or civil service

Lonegan asked Christie, "You don't understand what it is to create a job. I ran a business for 25 years. I employed 50, 60, 70 people. I know what it is to create jobs."

Christie responded, "And, you know what it is to hire illegal immigrants."

Lonegan said the state would be better off without a unionized workforce.

Christie said he wanted either unionized state workers or employees working under a civil service system, but not both, which sometimes have differing rules.

Source: Newark Star-Ledger coverage: 2009 N.J. gubernatorial primary May 26, 2009

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