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Saturday, October 29, 2005 Assails Tax Untruths in NJ Ad War

Factcheck_logoThe nonpartisan has published Taxing The Truth In New Jersey Ad War, which assails both parties in the New Jersey race for U.S. Senator for presenting misleading tax TV ads:

Anyone who doubts that political ads are a poor source of reliable information might wish to examine the absurd degree of fact-twisting taking place in New Jersey's gubernatorial campaign, where Sen. Jon Corzine is the Democratic candidate and Doug Forrester is the Republican.

Both men are making exaggerated claims about Corzine's voting record on taxes, with Forrester claiming Corzine cast 133 votes for "higher taxes" and Corzine saying he cast 70 votes "to lower taxes." Both lists are padded with multiple votes on the same tax measure, and most of the votes Forrester says are for "higher taxes" actually would not have resulted in any tax increase at all. Laughably, both men are counting some of the same votes.

For video of the two ads, see here.  For both parties' supporting documentation, see:

For tax blogosphers commentary, see:

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