SCHUNDLERS THREE FANTASIES
CANDIDATE TRIES TO REWRITE
HISTORY IN LIVE RADIO DEBATE!
to a campaign far behind in the polls and devoid of any significant
organizational support, Jersey City Mayor Bret Schundler today introduced the
following three fantasies in a desperate attempt to rewrite history and match
his Pat Buchanan rhetoric with his Florio-style record.
FANTASY #1: Bret Schundler claims he never raised property taxes in Jersey City.
REALITY #1: Ask any Jersey City homeowner, they’ll tell you the tax rate in
1994 was $1.12 and now it’s $2.023—that’s a 79 percent increase. And
according to The National Review, Schundler’s own campaign literature admits
property taxes have increased since he took office (March 19, 2001).
FANTASY #2: Bret Schundler claims that while working for Gary Hart in 1984, he
was working against Walter Mondale, not Ronald Reagan.
REALITY #2: Too bad Gary Hart told the New York Times on January 30, 1984, that
“four more years of Ronald Reagan will be a disaster for this country.'' Did
Bret write that talking point for Senator Hart while serving as his New Jersey
If Bret switches back to the Democratic Party, will he say in 2001 he ran
against Bob Franks, not Jim McGreevey?
FANTASY #3: Bret Schundler pledged to never increase the sales or income taxes.
REALITY #3: His own campaign propaganda says he will increase the sales and
income taxes to replace property taxes in a Florio-style funding scheme. In his
own talking points, Schundler says his policies “will gradually replace
property tax funding for schools and municipalities with sales and income tax
“For too long, Bret Schundler has attempted to rewrite history by manipulating
the facts, telling half-truths and by simply making things up,” said Charlie
Smith, campaign manager for Bob Franks. “Fortunately, Republican voters have
Bob Franks, a fiscal conservative with a proven record, as an alternative to
Bret Schundler’s apparent memory lapses and delusions.”