Lt. Gov. Debate: The best lines of the night

By Anjalee Khemlani
Montclair | Oct 17, 2017 at 1:45 pm

The best lines from the only debate between the lieutenant governor candidates in the 2017 gubernatorial race, held Monday night at Montclair State University.

Sheila Oliver, a state Assemblywoman, is running on the Democratic ticket with former U.S. Ambassador Phil Murphy. Carlos Rendo, the mayor of Woodcliff Lake, is running on the Republican ticket with current Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.

Some of the highlights:

Rendo (on Oliver simultaneously running for Assembly): We’re not running for the Assembly; we’re running for the position of lieutenant governor, so tell the audience that you will resign right now.

Rendo (on the Democratic ticket’s stance on sanctuary cities): “(It) is the most anti-cop, anti-law enforcement ticket in the history of the state of New Jersey.”

Oliver (when asked what a sanctuary city is): “It means that, unlike Lt. Gov. Guadagno, who deputized her sheriff’s officers when she was Monmouth County sheriff, going into people’s homes in the middle of the night, tearing families apart — Phil Murphy and I will not do that.”

Rendo (holding up a blank paper after sharing Guadagno’s plan to reduce property taxes): “Their plan is this. Blank. Zero. They have absolutely no plan to bring property tax relief to the state of New Jersey. … They’re going to do it from your pockets.”

Oliver (on Guadagno’s property tax plan): “What they are not telling you is that not everyone is eligible for that plan. Because the Christie-Guadagno administration gutted homestead rebates, cut into the senior freeze program. What they are not telling you is that anyone who earns a certain amount of money, I believe it’s $140,000, wouldn’t be eligible for a circuit breaker credit at all.”

Oliver (on tax credits to corporations): “I would close corporate tax loopholes, which there are significant numbers of corporations in the state that are taking advantage of it. They are making profits in New Jersey, shifting profits out of the state and, as a result, they are not paying their fair share.”

Rendo (on Oliver’s response to Amazon tax credits): “Think about the hypocrisy of that statement. You just said two seconds ago you want to increase tax on corporations, and now she’s saying let’s bring corporations to Newark.”

(READ MORE from ROI-NJ on the debate.)

Oliver (on Rendo’s accusation of Murphy not providing tax returns): “Phil Murphy did make his tax returns available to the public in New Jersey … unlike, I might say, the president you supported who still hasn’t given the United States citizens a copy of his tax returns.”

Oliver (on Rendo’s charge that it is hypocritical to profit off gun sales): “Lt. Gov. Guadagno is hypocritical to say she has supported gun manufacturing when she has taken $50,000 from the National Rifle Association to create the heinous ads in New Jersey that are running.”

Rendo (on Cuba and Israel boycott votes): “What’s hypocritical is your trip to Cuba, who benefits from Russian oil … and it’s hypocritical your vote on Israel, that’s hypocritical now to say you’re pro-Israel.”

Oliver (on racial disparities): “Everyone knows that what happens to a black or brown child is very different from what happens to a non-black or -brown child. There is no broader use of, for instance, marijuana use by black or brown children than (white) children, but they are treated differently in our criminal justice system.”

Rendo (on legalizing pot, early criminal release and sanctuary status): “What are we going to have here in the state of New Jersey? A bunch of criminals out on the street, high on pot, and protecting a sanctuary state? My question is, what was Phil Murphy smoking when he thought about that?”

Anjalee Khemlani | akhemlani@roi-nj.com | AnjKhem