Lonegan: Illegal Alien Rights Panel is One More Example of Why New Jersey Taxes Are The Nation's Highest
Republican gubernatorial candidate and former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan today blasted Governor Corzine's illegal alien rights panel as one more example of why New Jersey's taxes are the nation's highest.
"Governor Corzine is using these commissions as a way to promote his left-wing ultra-liberal agenda," Lonegan said. "He did it with his stacked panel on gay marriage and this stacked panel of leftists is doing the same when it comes to talking about illegal aliens."
In remarks to supporters, Lonegan said that state government has literally hundreds of different panels, boards, departments and commissions that could be eliminated.
"One such department," Lonegan said, "is the state Public Advocate, whose head, Ronald Chen, also chaired the state Immigrant Policy' council who issued the report."
Lonegan strongly opposes two ideas coming forth from the commission report. One is to provide in-state tuition at public colleges for illegal aliens and the other is to give illegals "driving privilege cards" which will allow them to buy car insurance.
"With our state finances in shambles, it is outrageous that Governor Corzine's hand-picked commission would suggest an open-ended benefit to illegal aliens that would strain taxpayers even more," Lonegan said. "And his plan to let illegals get de facto drivers licenses makes a mockery of our laws and our nation."
Lonegan, who yesterday became the first and only candidate to submit a state matching funds application with $384,450.35 raised, took issue with statements that "driving privilege card" supporters make in defense of the license.
"The claim that an insured driver will pay for an accident caused by an illegal alien is a lie. That's what your uninsured motorists rider on your policy is for," Lonegan said. "The only thing the Corzine Panel's recommendation does is allow illegal aliens to drive legally and in open defiance of our immigration laws and provide a new government entitlement worth tens of thousands of dollars to those who are in this country illegally."