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21st 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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  • Thomas H. Kean, Jr. (Rep)

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    Jill Lazare (Dem)

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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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Twitter @jilllazare
Qualifications/Experience Lawyer, Advocate, Lifelong New Jersey resident.
New Jersey needs to provide property tax relief for middle class families and seniors so they can stay in the communities they love and helped build. We also must legislate property tax freezes to slow the pace of property tax increases. Lastly, since our public schools are funded via property taxes we must be more efficient with the way we spend and resource our education dollars.
We should explore opportunities to state transfer the lottery to public pensions to provide a dedicated source of revenue and dramatically reduce the amount actuaries say the state owes.
I support clean energy initiatives and an expansion of our current renewable energy projects. However,r I oppose fracking and construction of any new pipelines. New Jersey must explore additional solar, wind and hydro energy sources and stop its reliance on energy sources that threaten our environment.
New Jersey needs to invest in clean energy and thus will grow jobs in these fields. In addition, we need to shift our economic policy away from tax breaks for large corporations and instead invest in small businesses creation and expansion. Lastly, we must remove the shackles that prevent entrepreneurs from investing and growing in our state.
Establish a statewide, living wage of $15 per hour. Enact strong, common sense gun control measures. Treat opioid addiction as a public health crisis and not a criminal justice priority.

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