Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Letter from Senate President Stephen Sweeney

Dear Friend,

As the weather heats up all across New Jersey, so too has the over-heated rhetoric of the Republicans running for the State Legislature.  As we expected, this first glimpse of their playbook exposes their plan to try and hoodwink the voters with a campaign of innuendo, distortions and outright falsehoods.

I want to assure you that we're going to meet the Republican misinformation campaign head-on.  We will challenge them in the newspapers, through the mail, on television and radio, and via the Internet.  We know, however, that the best way to set the record straight is to bring the truth directly to you so you can tell your family, friends and neighbors when Chris Christie and the Republicans are trying to pull a fast one.

By following New Jersey's Democratic Legislative Majority on Twitter, you'll get information to challenge the GOP in real time.  I also encourage you to follow the Democrats running for the State Senate and Assembly in your home district, share your thoughts and interact throughout the campaign with the men and women who want to represent you and your family in Trenton.

It's really no surprise that the Republicans are trying to deceive and otherwise manipulate the voters in an attempt to protect their positions in Trenton.  Over the past 18 months, they have voted over and over again to increase rather than lessen the hardships on the middle class.  They have slashed funding for programs for seniors while at the same time raising their property taxes; cut money to adequately fund our schools; decimated programs ensuring cancer screenings and other critical health-care services for thousands of women and children; and slashed spending for the disabled, veterans and others who are among the most vulnerable in our state.  At the same time, they inexplicably voted to protect lucrative tax breaks for multimillionaires -- siding with the state's very wealthiest residents while turning their backs on the middle class.

As Democrats, we have different priorities:  Yours.  Over the last 18 months, we have waged a relentless fight against the Republicans across New Jersey as they have inflicted blow after blow against the vast majority of this state's residents.  We are determined to continue fighting to make New Jersey more affordable, with a better quality of life, for everyone.

On August 1, there will be exactly 100 days until Election Day, when New Jersey voters will go to the polls to elect a new State Legislature.  The choices will be very clear:  Republicans who will rubber stamp Chris Christie every step of the way -- or Democrats who will stand up for the interests of you and your family.

Won't you please follow along?


Senate President Stephen Sweeney

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