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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 Assembly Members, as well as a number of county and local elected officials.
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    Thomas Moran (Dem) Retired IT Professional

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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 Tom Moran has lived in Randolph for 24 years with his wife Leslie. Their three daughters attended the Randolph Public Schools. Tom is a retired IT professional at a fortune 100 company. He has Master’s degrees from Columbia University and Montclair State University. Tom is an active members of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of New Jersey. UULMNJ is an organization that advocates for social justice in Trenton and around the state based on religious values. Tom: “I have a commitment to good, practical, progressive government. I am committed to economic growth as the engine of betterment for all, with the understanding that economic growth must be coupled with stewardship of the environment. He believes that the best way to make lives better is to grow the economy and that the best way to grow the economy is to develop a skilled workforce working for living wages. Developing a skilled workforce requires good education at all levels – elementary, secondary and university. We also need to work together to safeguard our environment, and to maximize efficiencies as a way of conserving resources.”
We must fully fund our school districts. The 25th district received $2.5 million more this year than last year and that will go a long way to stop the bleeding. For those among us that fall on hard times, our seniors, our veterans and our disabled neighbors we must step in to help fund the rebate programs that are in place but have been underfunded for too long.

With increased pension contributions our credit rating will improve and the cost of borrowing will decrease. Decreases in debt payments will allow for more money to return to school districts and municipalities.

Lower property taxes are and will continue to be achieved through a combination of sound fiscal management and economic growth.
I support quarterly pension payments and would support more payments throughout the year if New Jersey continues on the right path and becomes more prosperous. Adding the lottery to the pension's asset has been helpful and we should take a wait and see approach over the next year to see what else we can do.

We should also take a hard line approach towards those who violate the trust of the public and strip them of their pensions.
We are fortunate that despite the current low cost of fossil fuels, renewable sources of energy are increasingly competitive in cost and availability. This leads me to believe that the 80% goal is attainable by 2050.

Because clean energy is widely available, it does not seem to me to be necessary to sanction hydraulic fracturing. Likewise new pipeline proposals should be reviewed with an eye to the sunset of the era of electrical generation from fossil fuels, and approached accordingly. This is not to say that a new pipeline can never serve a good purpose, rather that the introduction of new pipelines should be consistent with the goal of 80% renewable energy by 2050.

On top of that increased use of solar and offshore wind projects should be encouraged.
Jobs in the coming era will be centered more around the urban areas and New Jersey will benefit from a strong transportation infrastructure. NJ will still need to have a highly trained work force, and should look for public/private collaboration to provide training for areas like manufacturing and specialized service sectors. NJ should further take advantage of its university system to encourage STEM training across the population. In addition the state universities should adopt a generous view of faculty patents in order to encourage entrepreneurship from within faculty ranks.
Women's Healthcare Access - we must reinstate funds that have been eliminated from the budget to fund women's healthcare and family planning.

Healthcare - NJ must take ownership of the future health of our I have citizens if the federal government decides to gut the affordable care act and they rescind the Medicaid expansion. We must protect our most vulnerable residents.

Transportation infrastructure - NJ Transit has been poorly funded and managed and we must have a well-functioning commuter infrastructure to be successful. I look forward to expanding transit options for those living in the Morris/Somerset area of NJ

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