N.J. Governor Chris Christie helped Lamontagne raise money in Bedford, and joined him for a tour of a Medical device maker in Hudson. The pair then rallied Republicans in Atkinson. Throughout Christie suggested that electing Democrat Maggie Hassan would pave the way for an income tax.
“Anybody, like Maggie, who’s running against Ovide here, who starts whispering about an income tax, you know what that means, because politician who starts whispering about an income tax they’ve already started making up their minds.”
As a failed state senate candidate in 2002, Maggie Hassan favored “the right income tax.” But she neither pushed for nor supported broad based taxes sales or income taxes during her 6 years in the Senate. Hassan has also pledged to veto any broad-based sales or income tax as governor. Lamontagne says since Hassan has never fully explained what he termed her conversion experience on taxes, questioning her stance is legitimate. Lamontagne also says he expects questions about positions he’s taken during his runs for Congress in 1992, Governor in 1996, and for US Senate in 2010.
“People should ask if I’ve changed a position, or they think I’ve changed a position, what the situation is.”
In past runs for office Lamontagne has stressed social as well as fiscal conservatism. He says jobs and the economy are his top focus this time, and that he’s trying to tailor his message to a broader audience.