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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 Assemblymembers, as well as a number of county and local elected officials.
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  • Patricia Jefferson Kline (Rep)

  • Eduardo J. Maldonado (Rep)

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  • Paul D. Moriarty (Dem)

  • Gabriela M. Mosquera (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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Qualifications/Experience What qualifies me to be your elected official is the dedication to the principles this country was founded on. I believe in the separation of powers between 3 coequal branches of government. I believe that governments are instituted to protect the unalienable rights of the people. These rights are given to you by your Creator, and not by man himself. I believe the best executed governments are that which are closest to the people. All in all, I believe in individual sovereignty, a free and open economy, charitable giving, and citizens helping other citizens. The people of New Jersey do not need all-powerful elected officials dictating how they should live their lives, they need humble men and women who will get out of their way so they can live as they best see fit. In short, I believe in liberty.
I believe we should immediately reduce government spending across the board. Waste, fraud, corruption, and abuse are often discussed but never acted upon. When wasteful government spending is reduced, the State will have extra money to spend on education. We should find where our tax dollars are being wasted and change the culture in those offices. A reduced budget would be a good start. I also believe the Abbott district funding is deeply flawed. While it is not my objective to eliminate all spending in Abbott Districts, we must recognize that certain things must happen before we send more money into these districts. Economic opportunity, reduced crime, and most importantly a stable home environment would do more to serve the students of Abbott districts than more tax dollars.
There are many moving parts to the state pension issue. Some of these issues can be addressed quickly if we have elected officials who demonstrate courage. An immediate change I would push for is legislation that prevents public workers from being able to double and triple dip into the state pension fund. A second piece of legislation I would fight for is one that prevents public employees from accruing hundreds of thousands of dollars in unused sick time. Just in the 4th Legislative District alone, close to $14 million is due to be paid in unused sick time. Pensions that are already promised to retirees should not be adjusted, however, moving forward I do support changing retirement plans from a defined benefit plan like we have, to a defined contribution plan, such as a 401(k) or 403(b).
Fundamentally, I do not believe it is the government's role to support or subsidize one business or industry over another. Doing such distorts supply and demand, and thus prices. Therefore, I will not vote in favor of legislation that artificially props up one industry over another. Instead, I support an energy market that is booming with competition. That competition should come from natural gas, nuclear, solar, wind, and hydro sources. Increased competition creates a more efficient, cheaper, and safer energy source for the consumer. If we were to remove government interference from this market, I believe it would result in a blend of energy sources that meets the demands of the most densely populated state, and is less harmful to our environment.
The number one thing governments can do to promote job growth and economic opportunity for all is to create an environment that is business friendly. Policy wise, this includes lower taxes and less regulation. In addition to lessening the burden on businesses, we must continue innovating our education system. Lastly, we as government officials and leaders in our communities, need to be a shining example of honesty, hard work, and fair play. We need to demonstrate to young people and those discouraged by the current economy, that when you are honest, put in a hard day's work, and don't cheat the system, you can become successful. We must have faith in the economic system that has made this country the wealthiest in the history of man: the free enterprise system.
A priority issue for me is reestablishing a system of federalism in this country through a Convention of States, which is explained in Article V of the Constitution. Article V gives the state legislatures the power to meet and propose amendments to the Constitution. This idea has bipartisan support because it endorses amendments that are common sense: a balanced budget amendment, term limits on Congressman and Senators, and reducing the size and scope of the federal government. Ultimately, I believe in the principles explained in the Declaration of Independence. I believe all men were created equal and with rights given to them by their Creator. I will fight to ensure that the circle of liberty that surrounds the individual grows larger, not smaller.
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