There is a question that New Jerseyans find themselves asking far too often. Why does Governor Murphy hate the Jersey Shore? First it was the $15 minimum wage and short term rental tax (even the repeal of the short term rental tax sat on Murphy’s desk for approximately 6 weeks with no action). Now Murphy has vetoed legislation that would have allocated $4 million a year to make repairs to the boardwalk in and around Wildwood. Murphy will not help tourism in New Jersey while he approves spending almost $8 million a year on college tuition for illegal immigrants and the legal defense of illegal immigrants facing detention or deportation. Murphy appears to be doing all he can to destroy tourism at the Jersey Shore. Meanwhile in 2016 tourism generated $32.2 billion of GDP representing 6.5% of the entire state economy. That same year tourism in New Jersey generated $4.9 billion in state and local tax revenues. How can our Governor not do all he can to protect this revenue stream?
Back in January we asked the question “Why does Governor Murphy hate the Jersey Shore?” On the same day that Murphy signed the bill to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour his new law went into effect forcing property owners in New Jersey to charge 6.625% state sales tax and a 5% occupancy fee on short-term rentals. After languishing on his desk Murphy finally signed a bill on Friday repealing the short-term rental tax telling News 12 New Jersey “The mom and pop who wants to rent out their place we’ve concluded they shouldn’t be burdened by this,” The bill has been waiting for Murphy’s signature since June 27th. If you follow the governor on social media he appears to be looking for a pat on the back for repealing legislation he signed into law and waiting 43-days after it landed on his desk
Back in February this blog asked the question why does Governor Murphy hate the Jersey Shore? At the time the legislature was debating raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. In another blog post we talked about why the $15 minimum wage is bad for New Jersey. What most New Jerseyans did not anticipate was Murphy’s short tern rental tax. On the same day that Murphy signed the bill to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour his new short term rental tax went into effect forcing property owners in New Jersey to charge 6.625% state sales tax and a 5% occupancy fee on short-term rentals. The increased minimum wage and short term rental tax are sure to have a damaging long term effect on the Jersey Shore as the cost of a family vacation at the Jersey Shore will increase by hundreds of dollars. Murphy appears more focused on using tax payer resources to assist illegal immigrants than protecting the livelihoods of those who depend on Jersey Shore tourism for their livelihoods. A bill is on the Governor’s desk to repeal the short term rental tax but Murphy has taken no action leaving New Jerseyans to again ask why Governor Murphy hates the Jersey Shore.
On Episode 2 of the Informed Conservative Podcast we talked about the NJGOP Statewide Leadership Summit in Atlantic City on March 1st and 2nd, The March on Trenton on March 26th, we asked why New Jersey Governor Murphy hates the Jersey Shore, will the new $15 minimum wage cause businesses to close and jobs and business to leave New Jersey, we talked about New York’s current budget deficit being a glimpse into the future of New Jersey, Democrats in New Jersey trying to give Cory “Spartacus” Booker an unobstructed path to the White House, we asked why conservatives in New Jersey are not angry and speaking out, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s belief that it’s better to be morally correct than factually correct, a college newspaper story entitled “White boys should not be allowed to talk” we wished our best to Jersey guy Artie Lange as he fights his drug addiction and more.
Last week on the Informed Conservative Blog we asked why Governor Murphy hates the Jersey Shore, talked about another law enforcement agency limiting its cooperation with ICE and suggested if you want to see the future of New Jersey take a look at New York. On the Informed Conservative Podcast we announced the New Jersey Republican Party Statewide Leadership Summit on March 1st and the March on Trenton on March 26th. We again asked the question why does Murphy hate the Jersey Shore, how the $15 minimum wage will force small businesses to close, force layoffs and force job and businesses to leave the state and asked the question how long will it be before the exodus of families, businesses and jobs from New Jersey cause the same significant drop in tax revenue causing budget deficits in our state? We continued to talk about Murphy’s agenda that is wrong for New Jersey, Democrats in New Jersey giving Spartacus Booker an unobstructed path to the White House, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and wished the best to Jersey Guy Artie Lange who continues to fight his demons.
We’ve talked several times about the potential negative impact of a $15 minimum wage in New Jersey. Ignoring all of the research on the negative economic effects in the states that have dramatically increased the minimum wage Murphy signed the $15 minimum wage bill today proclaiming “It is a great day to make some history for New Jersey’s working families. And that’s just what we’re going to do. We’ve talked long enough about putting New Jersey on a responsible path to $15 an hour minimum wage. Today we start our way on this path”. Murphy signed the bill at the Elizabeth headquarters of immigrant advocacy group Make The Road New Jersey. Murphy has made it clear that he is more interested in gaining votes for Democrats than he is New Jersey’s economy, jobs or the law abiding hard working residents of the state. Additionally Murphy seems to be doing everything he can to kill tourism at the Jersey shore.
Governor Phil Murphy can visit the beach whenever he likes from his home in Middletown without requiring accommodations. Obviously Jersey Shore property and business owners are not large Democratic campaign donors. Why then should Murphy focus only on residents leaving New Jersey when he can ensure tourists stop from coming too?
I grew up at the Jersey Shore but in 2012 I was living in a suburb of Philadelphia. I woke up on this morning in 2012 thankful that I still had electricity and no damage. As I headed out and to the marina to check on my boat I realized my neighborhood was a small pocket that did not experience damage. After checking on my boat I went home and started watching the news. I was heartbroken to find that my home – the place where I grew up – the Jersey Shore that I love was destroyed.