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                                  ‘It’s time for a conservative change’
Steven J. Dundas

                                                                                                                                                            NJBIZ invited the three gubernatorial candidates
                                                                                                                                                            for the June 2 Republican primary to write for this
                                                                                                                                                            special edition of Corner Office. Each candidate
                                                                                                                                                            was given 325 words to answer this question: How
                                                                                                                                                            would you make New Jersey a more business-
                                                                                                                                                            friendly state if you were governor? Each candidate
                                                                                                                                                            also wrote a 50-word biography.
                                                                                                                                                                 The GOP winner will face Democratic pre-
                                                                                                                                                            sumptive nominee Gov. Jon S. Corzine, who will
                                                                                                                                                            share a primary ballot with Roger Bacon, Carl
                                                                                                                                                            Bergmanson and Jeff Boss on June 2.

                          ‘Cut taxes and make the cost of                                      ‘We must cut spending and the                                                  ‘A state without business
                             business more affordable’                                            size of state government’                                                  is a state without a future’
                                        CHRIS CHRISTIE                                                      STEVE LONEGAN                                                                 RICK MERKT
                   TRAVELING ACROSS THE state, I’ve met many small-busi-                  AS A SMALL-BUSINESS owner and mayor, I know the                        RECOGNIZING THAT a state without business is a state without
                   ness owners burdened with New Jersey’s high taxes and                  No. 1 tool to attract jobs back to New Jersey is ending the            a future, I will lighten the regulatory burden on New Jersey’s
                   excessive red tape. Before any more Jersey businesses move             progressive income tax that drives high-income people                  business community. Anti-business executive orders imposed
                                                     across the border and take their                                     and job producers to other                                                by prior governors — including
                                                     jobs with them, we need to                                           states. We must also eliminate                                            prevailing wage mandates — will
                                                     change our approach and make                                         the corporate income tax.                                                 be revoked, and a freeze on pro-
                                                     New Jersey competitive again:                                              My plan would reduce                                                posed rules affecting business
                                                           ■ Cut taxes and make the                                       the top rate from 8.97 percent                                            imposed until we can weigh their
                                                     cost of business more affordable.                                    to 2.9 percent immediately,                                               costs against their benefits.
                                                     We need to cut the cost of doing                                     lowering to 2.5 percent in                                                      I will convene a task force of
                                                     business by rolling back personal                                    2011 and 2.1 percent in 2012.                                             New Jersey business leaders —
                                                     income taxes across the board,                                       Property taxes will drop as                                               with special participation by the
                                                     cutting the corporate business                                       much as 20 percent as we                                                  small-business community — to
                                                     tax, eliminating “double taxation”                                   overturn the Abbott school                                                help develop “business-friendly”
                            Chris Christie           on New Jersey’s S-corporations              Steve Lonegan            funding decision and low                          Rick Merkt              executive and legislative agendas
                    Chris Christie was born in and providing an additional tax            Mayor Steve Lonegan is income housing mandates                          A New Jersey businessman and for our state government. State
                    Newark, raised in Livingston, cut for those deriving business         New Jersey’s No. 1 champion under the Council on Afford-                citizen-legislator, Assembly- government will be reorganized to
                    and now resides in Mendham income from New Jersey-based               for small-business owners and able Housing. The result will             man Rick Me
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