Our friend Seth Grossman, President of the citizens' group Liberty & Prosperity and one of the founders of AFP in New Jersey, has made his choice for Governor. He sent this letter out earlier today:
This year, I am supporting Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli. In my opinion, Ciattarelli is the only Republican running a serious statewide campaign against Christie’s hand-picked Lieutenant Governor (and accomplice) Kim Guadagno.
I believe Ciattarelli is the only candidate willing and able to fix the damage done to Atlantic City and the rest of Atlantic County by Christie during the past eight years.
Christie began his mismanagement of Atlantic City in 2010 during his first month in office. Christie made a deal with Sweeney Democrats to bail out the failed Revel Casino project with big state tax breaks and $400 million in state government loans.
Christie then worked with Democrats to strip Atlantic City voters of their right to petition for a public vote to block local government loans and tax breaks for the project.
In October 2010, Christie’s state officials took over the finances of Atlantic City government. They sued Atlantic City for spending more than it collected in violation of the state’s Local Budget Law. But when the state took over, Christie’s state officials let Atlantic City spend roughly $80 million more than it took in for each of the next seven years. The state gave this city of 38,000 roughly $600 million of debt.
Things got so bad that by 2016, even casinos could no longer afford the taxes needed for this. Last year, Christie made another deal with Democrats to give the casinos ten years of tax breaks. That was on top of the 110 outlet shops and restaurants and 3,500 “affordable” housing units that already paid PILOT (Locals call this "Peanuts In Lieu of Taxes"). Now, everyone else in Atlantic County is facing big tax hikes to make up the difference.
While Kim Guadagno quietly stood by Christie, Jack Ciattarelli stood up and did everything he could to stop Christie. As an Assemblyman, he spoke up and helped persuade nearly a dozen other Assembly members to vote against this dirty deal supported by bosses of both parties.
Ciattarelli is the only candidate for Governor who spoke in favor of a municipal bankruptcy for Atlantic City. As an MBA/CPA and incredibly successful business owner, Ciattarelli knows bankruptcy is the only legal way to cut unsustainable debt and taxes. It is the only way to get an impartial judge to force everyone, including Wall Street investors and casinos to equally share the sacrifice.
We locals know that what happens to New Jersey happens to Atlantic City first. The same pay-to-play political culture that ruined Atlantic City for all but a handful of insiders, is causing the same problems all over the New Jersey.
During the next few weeks, I will do everything I can to explain with facts and details why Jack Ciattarelli is the only candidate for Governor with the ability and willingness to address the issues that affect us the most.
The Primary Election is Tuesday, June 6. Any voter who is either registered as a Republican or who has not yet voted in a June Primary election is qualified to vote for Jack Ciattarelli. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me (609) 927-7333 if you live near Atlantic City and want to work with me.
Otherwise, please contact Jack Ciattarelli's campaign directly at www.Jack4Gov.com, through the Jack Ciatterlli for Governor Facebook page, or at (908) 842-2100.
If you were one of the 18,033 (8%) who voted for me against Christie in the June Primary four years ago, I thank you again. I also invite you to compare how close Jack Ciattarelli and I are on the issues that affect us the most. Please visit my old campaign website from four years ago at www.grossman4NJ.com and compare it to what you see on Jack's website www.Jack4Gov.com today. I also invite you to visit and "like" my Seth Grossman Facebook page. Thanks!
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