After dropping steadily since 2000, the teen pregnancy rate inched upward in New Jersey in 2006, according to the 2009 Kids Count report released Tuesday.
The percent of children living in poverty also increased from 10 to 12 percent since 2000, and child advocates warned that the data was collected in 2007 before the worst of the recession, so the number is likely higher. Cumberland, Passaic, Essex and Hudson counties had poverty rates above 18 percent.
Once again, Cumberland County tops the wrong lists. Corzine and Magazzu will be quick to point their fingers at the national economy. Certainly that is a factor. However, raising taxes again and again, increasing spending substantially, and refusing to cut waste in government are not the way to tackle a bad economy.
New Jersey’s highest in the nation property taxes affect not only homeowners, but renters. Magazzu’s doubling of the county tax rate over the past decade has decreased usable income for all families in the county.
Just remember, a vote for Magazzu is a vote for Corzine. For 33 out of the past 34 years the Democrats have had majority rule in Cumberland County. In the past decade under Lou Magazzu, this control has become a stronghold of one person’s agenda.