LETTER TO THE EDITOR — LaClair says Murphy truly does get the middle class

To the Editor:

Mr. Long says Gov. (Philip D.) Murphy should not be re-elected because he does not understand the middle class. Seriously? Up against his opponent, Murphy is a champion of the middle class, and his policies reflect that. He has turned around years of mis-rule by his Republican predecessor.

Equally, the policies of the Republican challenger reflect what his party has become — not concerned for the middle class at all. There is a clear difference on their records, all in favor of Gov. Murphy. As for wealth, Ciattarelli is himself a multi-millionaire. Twenty years ago, there were moderate Republicans in high public office. Now there are none. They all bow to their dear leader.

Mr. Long also criticizes Murphy for his comment about taxes in New Jersey. What he actually said was that if taxes are your only issue, then New Jersey probably is not for you. He’s right. If taxes are your only issue, you’re not going to get the lowest taxes in New Jersey, no matter who is governor. Our population is too great, and we have needs for public services, that people in Idaho, for example, do not have.

Paul L. LaClair

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