A Message from Governor Corzine
My administration embraces the values that bind us together – equality, opportunity and fairness. I’m working hard to make sure that New Jersey invests, grows and prospers – and to make sure people have access to affordable healthcare and quality education.
We made a good start last summer with a budget agreement that puts the state on a new path toward fiscal responsibility. But we still have much to do. Like addressing the property tax crisis that is overwhelming New Jerseyans and threatening their economic well-being. We must permanently end our state’s over-reliance on this regressive tax – no quick-fixes, no short-term relief. I will continue to work with the legislature night and day to enact lasting, sustainable reform. It’s not going to be easy. But it is our most urgent challenge, and I’ll be the first to speak out if I don’t think it’s moving forward. .
I am convinced we can get this done. We can achieve long-term property tax relief for our hard-pressed fellow citizens, and we can tackle the root causes of the problems that drive up property taxes every year. Please join me in this historic effort to set a new course for New Jersey.
Working With New York
We would also like to lend our support over the bridge into New York city. The draw of NYC helps grow the economy of New Jersey as we’re home to many employed in the big apple and we are a tourist destination in our own right as well as our neighbors in NYC.
Many folks that travel into the NY and NJ area tend to stay either off the Hudson river crossings for close proximity to New York via the George Washington bridge into Washinton Heights/Uptown Manhattan, The Lincoln tunnel with direct access to the west side of Manhattan into the Times Sq, and theater district or the Holland Tunnel for access to the Tribeca area of Manhattan and lower manhattan via Canal St area. So the economy of New Jersey and New York go hand in hand and together our neighboring states have a vested interest in growing the economy, travel and tourism to this great area.
Some of the items we are looking at include high speed rail, rapid transit, expanding the size of Newark Airport and introducing better public transportation options to encourage New Yorkers to come to NY via Newark Airport. We are considering adding several high speed ferry terminals across the Hudson river crossings with a fast no waiting transfer station to transport folks into the Newark airport area with a total transit time of under 1 hour door to door. We feel that we can accomplish this and hope to increase visitor travel by 75% to this area.
We recommend that travelers to the New York city and New Jersey area are accompanied with friends, relatives or business colleagues to make their travel more enjoyable and to better experience everything New York city has to offer.
Many times we recommend to residents and travels that if they find themselves in the need for a travel guide or companion that they should reach out to a local agency that offers escorts one of the more popular ones as many are specifically set up to provide services to travelers that are new to the NY area.
A local escort service has the option to arrange for a travel companion and guide to include airport transfers and transportation as well as booking of local events and sight seeings trips very much the same way a concierge offers local knowledge for the traveler.
We feel that working together with NYC to expand and grow the tourism trade and supporting services will have a bigger impact on the growth and expansion of the economy both local to us here in NJ and to our neighbors in New York as well.