(TRENTON) – Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Cryan (D-Union) released the following statement Tuesday following Gov. Chris Christie’s State of the State address:
“Speeches are nice, but the reality is that Gov. Christie’s first year in office was a tough year for working class New Jerseyans.
“Under Gov. Christie, hard-working New Jersey families endured property tax increases, education cuts, transit fare hikes and after-school program cuts, as well as police and firefighter layoffs that put public safety at risk.
“Women saw their health care slashed. Working poor families had their income taxes increased. Unemployment remained above 9 percent as the governor paid little attention to the economy.
“Meanwhile, millionaires enjoyed a nice tax break while senior citizens saw their property tax relief slashed.
“Hopefully the governor in the year ahead will be more willing to work with us to protect New Jersey families, children, women’s health care and senior citizens.
“The governor can take an immediate step to do just that by signing into law our extensive Back to Work NJ job creation and economic development package.”