NJ Dems Ask Republicans to Denounce GOP Tax Overhaul

Nov 13, 2017

New Jersey democrats are asking Republican lawmakers to denounce the proposed GOP tax overhaul plan.
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New Jersey Republican Congressmen Rodney Frelinghuysen and Tom MacArthur are the only two yet to publically oppose the tax overhaul.  Governor-elect Phil Murphy is asking them to vote no.

“I plead with our republican brothers who represent the five districts that they do to look at what the facts are in their districts.  They are overwhelmingly compelling in terms of the devastation this bill would wreak upon the middle class and seniors in their districts.”

Democrats in New Jersey’s congressional delegation are calling out a republican colleague who supports the GOP tax bill.

“I can’t tell you how disappointed I am that somebody who represents New Jersey is literally going to turn the screws on the people they call home,” said Rep. Donald Norcross, referring to Republican Tom MacArthur, who hosted a Trump Administration event promoting tax reform.

Several state republican congressmen have publically opposed the plan.

“If you really believe in New Jersey and you’re a Jersey person, not one of our Republican colleagues should be voting for this thing this week.  I’m not going to call him out by name but I’m going to say that it’s true.  They really should be ashamed of themselves if they end up voting for this thing,” said Rep. Frank Pallone.

Rep. Bill Pascrell had strong words for Trump Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who stopped by New Jersey to promote the tax bill.

“For him to call us a state, the donor state that we are, to call us a state that’s being subsidized, he not only doesn’t know what he’s talking about, he should leave office,” Pascrell said.

Republicans say the bill would create tax relief for middle-class Americans .  The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the tax plan later this week.