In an editorial for the Asbury Park Press, editorial page editor Randy Bergmann takes a look at how Governor Phil Murphy’s policies are impacting the state’s Middle Class and how the Governor’s office refuses to define exactly what is “Middle Class” in New Jersey. GSI’s president, Regina M. Egea, was asked to weigh-in on the Governor’s approach:
"Pursuing the strengthening of New Jersey's middle class," she said, "offers two possible paths: address the income levels needed to cover the costs that continue to escalate in our state, or address the underlying factors that have made New Jersey increasingly unaffordable and unattractive to the middle class.
"The first path, inflating incomes without related productivity gains, subsidizing educational activities without direct employment/income commitment or escalating the cost of our government above inflation levels, is unsustainable," Egea said. "It will ultimately collapse under its own weight and actually undermine the economic prosperity of the very individuals they aim to serve."