“From property taxes to the cost of college to our transit fares and tolls, too many New Jerseyans no longer feel like they are getting a fair deal. We need a governor who cares more about making the state more affordable for working families than rewarding special interests.”
New Jersey has never had the lowest cost-of-living, but it used to provide good value for money: we had top-rated public schools, institutions of higher education that were both world-class and affordable, public transportation and a system of roads and bridges that were second to none. Phil knows that our leadership in Trenton has let those advantages slip away – but the high costs have remained.
As Governor Christie and Trenton insiders handed out lavish corporate tax deals and turned vital transportation agencies into political patronage pits, hard-working New Jersey families were left with highest property taxes and among the highest college tuition and fees, health care premiums, and transit fares in the nation – even as the quality of services declined. As a result, too many New Jerseyans have voted with their feet and left the state – not because they wanted to but simply because they could not afford to stay.
Phil will put working- and middle-class New Jerseyans ahead of the special interests. His focus on growing the economy will generate more resources for the state to invest in making New Jersey a more affordable place to live. In addition, Phil will work to make New Jersey more affordable by:
- Easing the property tax burden by funding our schools, restoring rebates for seniors and low-income residents, and incentivizing towns to share services;
- Lowering the cost of college by using state investments to reduce tuition and fees, refinancing existing debt at lower rates, and forgiving debt for graduates employed in STEM-fields;
- Restoring disciplined transportation funding to ensure that our roads, bridges and rail are functional and not overly reliant on tolls and fares; and
- Stabilizing health care premiums by capping out-of-network costs and funding women’s health care.