Jewish World Review August 16, 2004 / 29 Menachem-Av, 5764
McGreevey proposes tax cut for people living two lives
Supports changing state song to Copacabana
New Jersey Governor James McGreevey today announced an aggressive legislative agenda for his remaining months in office, including a substantial tax cut for those New Jersey taxpayers living two lives.
"Those who are living two lives are racking up twice the expenses of those living only one," Mr. McGreevey said. "This tax cut would recognize that reality."
Mr. McGreevey surprised many in the state by pushing forward with a host of new initiatives, including a proposal that would change the state song to "Copacabana."
In addition to offering tax rebates to owners of Vespa scooters and Speedo swimsuits, Mr. McGreevey blocked a proposal to build a new arena for the New Jersey Nets, calling their uniforms "hideous."
Instead, he said that he would support building a $600 million soccer stadium in Newark in the hopes of attracting British soccer star David Beckham.
In New Jersey, where flags flew at half-mast today to mark the end of Cher's Farewell Tour, Democrats were deeply divided over whether Mr. McGreevey's bold new agenda was good for their party.
In the words of one Democratic insider, "I wish he'd just go somewhere and disappear, like on John McEnroe's show."
But Mr. McGreevey, who said today that he would crack down on the manufacturers of so-called salon products that leave New Jersey taxpayers' hair droopy and lifeless, seemed determined to stick around as the fall election battle heats up.
He advised Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry not to ignore the state in the months ahead, warning, "New Jersey could go either way."
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JWR Contributor Andy Borowitz, a former president of the Harvard Lampoon, is a regular humor columnist for Newsweek.com, The New Yorker, The New York Times and TV Guide. Recognized by Esquire magazine as one of the most powerful producers in television, he was the creator and producer of the hit TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and producer of the Oscar-nominated film Pleasantville. He is the author of the just released "Who Moved My Soap? The CEO's Guide to
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