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8th Senate District

The NJ General Election will take place on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Voters will head to the polls to select a Governor, State Senator, and State Assembly Members, as well as a number of county and local elected officials.
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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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Over the years, there have been budgets created that would have provided relief to hard working middle class households, and they were vetoed by our Governor. Budgets that provide rebates and offer relief for the folks who have been feeling the brunt of inaction have to be strongly considered and passed. As a recent retiree, I know how difficult it is to live on a fixed income. It's hard for seniors, recent college graduates, and current or potential businesses. We cannot continue to chase away talented working people primed to offer their expertise. We must continue to make NJ a desirable place to live, retire in and do business. I look forward to working with fellow legislators to implement solutions that make New Jersey grow and become more affordable.
Funding the state pension system should be a top priority. We need all members of the Assembly and Senate to work hard to find a long term solution. Underfunding the state's pension payments is a strain on our economy and will put undue stress on future generations. Less than a year from now we will have a new Governor, and an opportunity to find new ideas in our Senate and Assembly to find a sustainable solution. I look forward to working with my colleagues, and work across the aisle with all legislatures willing to work to find a solution.
I support all forms of clean renewable energy that will move our state into the future, away from our dependency on fossil fuels. New Jersey can be a leader in renewable energy with the natural resources we already have. Our state is bordered by miles of pristine beaches that can produce wind power. We should embrace that opportunity, and find ways to capture the energy of the tides. We have the ability to lead by example, while improving our economy with the jobs these new avenues will provide. We should find alternative routes to run pipelines and not compromise the integrity of the Pinelands. We must do everything we can to enforce and strengthen laws to protect our environment.
In order to promote job growth, we must create opportunities for people to get started and help grow their businesses. We must offer incentives for our students to stay in state for college, and have career programs in place, so they will stay, buy homes, and raise their families here. We must continue to focus on the technology industry and provide opportunities for these businesses to flourish. Our state has paved the way for many high tech companies. Competition has led many of these companies to seek better opportunities. We must provide incentives to bring them back.
Veterans issues - We must ensure our veterans are given every opportunity to be productive members of society. They should have access to low interest loans, hassle free medical care, and vocational training to allow them to obtain jobs.

Homelessness - We must finds ways to fund shelters for them to go and receive help. There are many issues to focus on. Much like veterans, they need counseling to help overcome their problems. They could then receive guidance on where to start.

Education - Spiraling student loan debt is a major problem. Students should not have to pay high interest on their debt. Instead of their income going to the state economy, it's going to repay loans.

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