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New Jersey has some of the highest property taxes in the nation. What, if anything, do you propose to lower property taxes?

New Jersey's state pension system has recently been named the worst-funded state retirement plan in the country and is arguably one of our largest financial problems. How do you propose to address our state's pension issues?

How can New Jersey meet our energy needs while protecting our environment? For example, would you support energy conservation, expansion of renewable energy projects, hydraulic fracturing, and pipelines, etc?

What would you do to promote job growth in our state?

Please indicate three additional state priority issues for you (not already listed in this questionnaire) and explain how you would address them.

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Website www.chrisabrown.com
Twitter @ChrsBrownNJ
Qualifications/Experience As a combat veteran who was activated for war on two occasions and who served as a prosecutor and judge in Atlantic County, I stood up to Governor Christie and both parties as an independent voice advocating for Atlantic County's working families and retirees.
I will continue to work to insure Atlantic County families receive $40 million in property tax relief under the PILOT law for Atlantic City. Freezing the property tax burden of the casinos has shifted the burden to residential homeowners. Insuring Atlantic County receives 13.5% of the PILOT paid by casinos will provide the necessary relief to help families afford stay in their homes. Moreover, I am the sponsor of several bills to reduce the tax burden on our families: A-1078, the “Tax Relief for New Jersey Families Act.” A-302 & A-391, increasing the distribution to municipalities from Energy Tax Receipts Property Tax Relief Fund. ACR-65, providing for a special session of the Legislature to consider property tax relief and reform.
I believe the State should honor its commitment to fully fund the pension system. I am happy to help fix the pension system as part of a group of serious minded legislators who just want to get it right.
I believe any energy plan must encourage energy conservation which is why I voted for S-1969 to expand the Residential New Construction Program that is designed to increase the energy efficiency of new homes. Moreover, I voted for A-2018 to direct State and municipal agencies to give priority consideration to permit applications for green building projects designed for energy efficiency and renewable energy. Further, if we believe in energy independence, then solar energy will help achieve that goal. That is why I voted to support solar energy renewal programs. I opposed Governor Christie on the issue of fracking when I voted to prohibit the disposal and treatment of fracking by-products in New Jersey.
I fought North Jersey casinos because they would cannibalize the job market while reducing funding for programs for our seniors. With the defeat of the referendum, Hard Rock will now open a casino in Atlantic City, creating 4,000 new jobs. I will continue my efforts to protect and diversify the local economy in Atlantic County. Atlantic City still needs the time to transition into a full destination resort, which means opposing any efforts to expand gaming to other regions for the State. I am sponsoring legislation to apply the Garden State Growth Zone designation to an area encompassing the Atlantic City International Airport, FAA Technical Center, and the Stockton University Aviation Research and Technology Park. I am strongly supporting Atlantic County’s bid for Amazon’s HQ2.
1. We need to help families struggling with addiction. I'm sponsoring bi-partisan legislation (A-1099) to allow for the involuntary civil commitment for substance abuse disorders to give families another option to get their children the help they need. 2. I believe no family should be denied preventative, life-saving care. Nearly 300,000 women between 15-49 years of age remain uninsured in NJ. That’s why I supported $7.5 million in funding for health care clinics I will continue my efforts to insure our families have access to preventative health care programs, covering such treatments as cancer screenings and pre-natal/infant care. 3. We should continue efforts to make college affordable for our families. That's why I voted to expand the Tuition Aid Grant program (A-2138).

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