I'm sick and tired of the games and the gimmicks from leading Democrats in Trenton and Washington.

Gas tax holiday? Gas prices are averaging around $5 a gallon and the White House thinks that a few pennies will make a difference for a few weeks? It's insulting at best.

David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ
David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ

What we need is for the president and his cronies in Congress to stop the war on fossil fuels, stop blaming American energy companies and get us back to the level of energy independence we had achieved during President Trump's time in office.

More drilling approval, open up the pipelines, encourage innovation like methane-powered homes from landfills, natural gas, and investment in nuclear energy. All of these will contribute to lower costs and more abundant energy.

A temporary gas tax holiday is a ridiculous gimmick designed to get a headline to mitigate the coming Red Tsunami in the 2022 mid-term elections. Don't fall for it.

Closer to home, Gov. Murphy is playing the same game — not with the gas tax, even though a holiday from NJ's tax, which far surpasses the federal tax, would ACTUALLY help.

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Murphy's game is with the sales tax. He's promising a sales tax holiday for back-to-school supplies.

Really? How about addressing the real crisis in NJ? The state has become unaffordable for working and middle-class families.

Rent is up by 30%+, fees, tolls taxes, ALL way up over the past few years.

Garden State Parkway (AP Photo)
Garden State Parkway (AP Photo)

Then add in the fact that the school that kids will be going back to has been coopted by the radicals in the NJEA who have been relentlessly pushing for a sexualized curriculum for kids as young as 5 years old.

How about instead of a sound bite for something that MIGHT save SOME families a few dollars, the governor acts to make NJ more affordable?

For my part, we have rolled out the Parental Bill of Rights to protect your kids in the classroom AND the Small Business Protection Act to empower our small and family-owned businesses and employees.

You can join me by becoming a citizen signer.

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