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Party Infighting Roils Murphy Campaign

West Long Branch, NJ – New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney and top Party leaders took a big swing at their party's nominee for governor for failing the leadership test amid an internal party fight that's only intensifying as Election Day nears.

Will Phil Murphy Renounce Plan For More Tolls and Higher MVC Fees?

West Long Branch, NJ – Phil Murphy continued to dodge questions about Governor Florio's new report, which called for adding tolls, raising MVC fees and privatizing the Turnpike.

Phil Murphy Can't Keep Track Of The Cost Of His Promises

West Long Branch, NJ – Today, Guadagno campaign volunteers delivered a box of calculators to Phil Murphy’s campaign headquarters to help him better keep track of the cost of his promises. Yesterday, Phil Murphy initially estimated the cost of his new “free community college for all” program was $400 million, but then changed the estimate to $200 million. His campaign went on to contradict itself again, saying it was impossible to know the actual cost of the program.

Murphy did not detail which taxes he would raise to pay for his new proposal.

“Goldman Sachs Millionaire Phil Murphy has promised so much spending during his campaign, he can’t keep track,” said Guadagno Campaign Manager Dave Huguenel. “We felt obligated to assist Mr. Murphy and his team as they struggle to explain exactly how much his programs will cost because unfortunately, his promises have real world consequences for taxpayers who would be forced to foot the bill for the extreme cost of all of his programs with billions in higher taxes.”

VIDEO: Will Phil Murphy Raise Taxes On More Than Just Millionaires?

West Long Branch, NJ – Will Phil Murphy tax more than just millionaires?

"The Answer Is Yes." – Phil Murphy

During the Democratic Primary Debate, Phil Murphy admitted he would raise taxes on more than just millionaires to fund "multi hundred million-dollar investments." Here's the video and transcript:

Michael Aaron: Mr. Murphy, you’ve promised to fully fund the pension system, fully fund the school funding formula, expand pre-kindergarten, you’ve promised a more robust Homestead Rebate Program and a dedicated source of revenue for NJ Transit on top of the recent 23 cent hike in the gas tax. You said you would impose a millionaire’s tax. The last time it was done it was worth $500 to $600 million. You said you would legalize marijuana and tax it for an estimated $300 million. Are there other taxes you would raise to get the revenue necessary in order to keep your promises? 

Phil Murphy: Yes... The answer is yes. We've got a fully detailed plan that ties down to the penny that as you suggest those are significant investments. These are multi hundred million-dollar investments each in their own right. Even if they're phased in over a series of years.

Throughout the campaign, Phil Murphy has embraced higher taxes. He has endorsed a higher income tax. A higher sales tax. He wants to reinstate the estate tax. He wants higher business taxes. His policies would cause property taxes to skyrocket. And last week, Phil Murphy even embraced a report by Governor Florio calling for more highway tolls and higher fees at the MVC.

Kim Guadagno Releases TV Ad: “Yes”

West Long Branch, NJ – Today, Kim Guadagno released a new television ad, “Yes,” using his own words to highlight Phil Murphy’s stubborn insistence on raising taxes on all New Jerseyans if elected governor.

Click here to watch “Yes.”

“New Jerseyans don’t have to wonder if Phil Murphy will raise taxes if elected governor because he already told us he will,” said Dave Huguenel, Guadagno’s campaign manager. “Phil Murphy has promised to increase taxes by at least $1.3 billion, but we know that's just the beginning. To pay for his proposals, he will increase sales taxes, income taxes and property taxes. He even 'greatly welcomed' a new report calling for more tolls and higher MVC fees. After spending 23 years making millions at Goldman Sachs, Phil Murphy and his policies are wildly out-of-touch with New Jersey families who will be forced to move out of state if he becomes governor."

Yesterday, Kim Guadagno released another TV ad, “Break,” which can be watched by clicking here.

Kim Guadagno Releases New TV Ad: “Break”

West Long Branch, NJ – Kim Guadagno today released a new TV ad, “Break,” highlighting her plan to audit Trenton as New Jersey governor and use the savings to deliver property tax relief for working families.

Click here to watch the ad:

Murphy’s Law In Action: Phil Murphy: We "Greatly Welcome" Higher Tolls, Fees, Turnpike Privatization

West Long Branch, NJ – Today, Kim Guadagno slammed Phil Murphy for saying “we greatly welcome" a report calling for higher tolls, fees and a plan to privatize the Turnpike.
"We are seeing Murphy's Law in action: any tax that can be raised, will be raised," explained Kim Guadagno. "First, Phil Murphy supported the gas tax increase I opposed. Then, he admitted he would raise taxes by at least $1.3 billion if elected. Now Phil Murphy says he welcomes a plan for more tolls, higher fees and a privatized Turnpike. Phil Murphy owes it to the people of New Jersey to explain why he thinks they can afford to pay more out of their pockets for more tolls and higher fees at the DMV.

Will Phil Murphy Endorse The Bernie Sanders Government-Run Healthcare Plan?

West Long Branch, NJ – With Senator Bernie Sanders today introducing a government-run single-payer healthcare bill co-sponsored by New Jersey's own Cory Booker, will Goldman Sachs Millionaire and Gubernatorial Candidate Phil Murphy endorse the plan?

The Urban Institute concluded that the Sanders single-payer healthcare plan will cost taxpayers as much as $32 trillion over 10 years.  

"After he has repeatedly embraced single-payer healthcare on the campaign trail, Phil Murphy owes it to the people of New Jersey to clarify if he supports the Bernie Sanders plan," said Guadagno Campaign Spokesman Ricky Diaz. "If elected, he has already promised to raise taxes by at least $1.3 billion, create a state-run bank and declare New Jersey a sanctuary state. Will he also join the Washington, D.C. bandwagon and champion a government-run healthcare scheme that would decimate New Jersey families and businesses by forcing massive tax increases?"

Phil Murphy has already expressed support for single-payer healthcare in New Jersey, telling reporters "it has to be on the table" if it is not passed at the federal level.

Prominent Democrat Activist Says She Wishes Phil Murphy Had A Property Tax Plan Like Kim Guadagno

West Long Branch, NJ – A prominent Democrat activist Lisa McCormick publicly criticized Phil Murphy's campaign over the weekend for not having a property tax cut plan. McCormick ran against Murphy in the Democrat gubernatorial primary before withdrawing from the race.
According to NJ Today, "McCormick said she would like Democrat Phil Murphy to come out with a property tax plan like the one proposed by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. 'Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno has proposed an idea similar to one floated by former Assembly Speaker Alan J. Karcher in 1984,' said McCormick. 'That would cap property tax bills at five percent of income.'"

While Phil Murphy Hasn’t Really Thought About It, Kim Guadagno Releases Ethics Plan For New Jersey

West Long Branch, NJ – While Phil Murphy hasn’t given ethics much thought this election, Kim Guadagno has.
Guadagno today released a plan to change the way Trenton works by strengthening ethics and transparency rules. Guadagno, a former corruption and organized crime prosecutor, released her plan as the federal bribery and corruption trial for Senator Bob Menendez is underway in Newark, and after Phil Murphy said, “I haven’t really thought about” whether Senator Bob Menendez should resign if convicted.
“For far too long, New Jersey politicians have put special interests and their personal ambitions ahead of the people of New Jersey, and it’s clear Phil Murphy is a part of the problem,” said Kim Guadagno. “He hasn't released a plan to lower property taxes. He hasn't formed an opinion on the interest arbitration cap that's set to expire. Now he doesn’t have an opinion on whether New Jersey should be represented in the U.S. Senate by a felon if convicted. It seems the only thing Phil Murphy has thought about is raising taxes on New Jerseyans, which he has promised to do if elected governor.”
Guadagno added, “While Phil Murphy will continue business as usual in Trenton, my administration will put people before politics and bring a new era of ethics and transparency to the State House.”
This week, Phil Murphy told reporters, “I haven’t really thought about” whether Senator Bob Menendez should resign if convicted of bribery and corruption charges.