After a recent report from the National Review showed Johnson with the highest job creation rate, Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson says it is not government that creates jobs, it is the private sector

June 22, 2011, Sante Fe, NM – Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson issued a statement today in response to a report in the National Review that the rate of job growth in New Mexico under his watch was the highest of all governors running for president, saying “contrary to the news I didn’t create a single job.”

Elaborating Johnson said, “Don’t get me wrong.  We are proud of this distinction.   We had a 11.6% job growth that occurred during our two terms in office.  But the headlines that accompanied that report – referring to governors, including me, as “job creators” -- were just wrong. The fact is, I can unequivocally say that I did not create a single job while I was governor.”  Rather, Johnson said, "We kept government in check, the budget balanced, and the path to growth clear of unnecessary regulatory obstacles." 

He goes on to stress that he has gone on record hundreds of times saying that it is the private sector – not the government – that creates jobs. “In New Mexico, we focused like a laser on creating an environment in which real employers and job creators could produce job growth,” Governor Johnson said. “My priority was to get government out of the way, keep it out of the way, and allow hard-working New Mexicans, entrepreneurs and businesses to fulfill their potential. That's how government can encourage job growth, and that's what government needs to do today."

Johnson noted that Washington has bankrupted the nation with failed and insane attempts to ‘stimulate' the economy. Now, he said, "It is time to recognize that jobs are created when government gets out of the way and doesn’t bury its citizens in unsustainable debt and the excessive taxes that go along with it.”

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About Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson: Gary Johnson, a Republican and two-term Governor of New Mexico from 1994-2002, has been a consistent and outspoken advocate for limited, efficient government and personal liberty.