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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.
CHOOSE TWO CANDIDATES FROM BELOW TO COMPARE
  • Bettylou DeCroce (Rep) State Legislator/Small Business Owner

  • E William Edge (Dem)

  • Joseph R. Raich (Dem) activist, retired

  • Jay Webber (Rep)

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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.

Twitter @BLDeCroce4NJ
Qualifications/Experience BettyLou DeCroce has been distinguished as a legislator with local government knowledge, an unparalleled behind-the-scenes perspective, and a spirit of bipartisanship. DeCroce serves on several legislative committees, including: Commerce & Economic Development, Transportation & Independent Authorities, Joint Committee on Public Schools, Assembly Health & Senior Services, Intergovernmental Relations Commission, Pre-Trial Services Review and Manufacturing Caucus. She has received numerous awards, including the Outstanding Legislator of the Year and Defender of the Taxpayer, for advocacy of common-sense measures to reduce taxes and create jobs. She is a two time finalist of the Leading Women Entrepreneur Award, and was recognized by the Displaced Homemakers Network of New Jersey in 2016. Prior to serving in the New Jersey State Legislature, DeCroce served as Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs in Governor Chris Christie’s Administration, where she authored the Best Practices for Municipalities, which became a statewide model for identifying efficiencies in local government for reducing property taxes. DeCroce began her government service career as a Councilwoman in Mine Hill. She served as Municipal Clerk, Deputy Township Manager and Planning Board Member in Roxbury, and 11 years on the Board of Adjustment in Parsippany. DeCroce also served as Chairwoman of the Morris County Joint Insurance Fund. DeCroce is a small business owner as well.
The counties in my legislative district have some of the highest property taxes in the nation – Morris, Essex and Passaic counties. I have supported a number of initiatives to legislatively find a remedy to this dilemma. I have co-sponsored legislation (A653) to curtail payments to retiring public employees for newly accrued sick leave, require forfeiture of payment for already accrued sick leave for corruption convictions, and require documentation for the use of sick leave. I am a big proponent of shared services, which I oversaw as the Deputy Commissioner of the NJ Department of Community Affairs. To that end, I have sponsored legislation, which permits municipalities to enter into a shared services which I oversaw as Deputy Commissioner of the NJ Department of Community Affairs.
This is by no means an easy fix. The pension system has been an issue by Governors past and present. I voted in favor of a measure which would require the state to make its pension payments on a quarterly schedule rather than a lump sum at the end of the fiscal year. I also voted in favor of a measure that Governor Christie signed into law that transfers the state lottery to 3 state pension systems and dedicate its net revenue to those systems for 30 years. This will immediately provide some long overdue revenue dedication as well as improve the fund ratio significantly.
I believe that it is important to create a new statewide energy master plan to address energy conservation, fossil fuel infrastructure projects and beneficial effective measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. I also believe strongly, that for any new major infrastructure projects, we need to avoid environmentally sensitive areas such as those near drinking water supplies and locations that provide habitats to threaten and endangers species.
I have been honored to serve as an Assemblywoman representing the 26th District since 2012. I have been a staunch advocate for small business – I am a small business owner, a fighter for measures to relieve the tax burden on residents of our state, and the regulatory nightmare that inhibits our businesses to thrive. I sponsored legislation which provides assistance to manufacturing businesses by having certain State agencies promote economic development and identify credentials needed for careers in modern manufacturing. I am a member of the newly created Manufacturing Caucus in the legislature to examine ways to promote job growth via the manufacturing sector among other things. I aslo supported a package of bills that lead to significant tax savings for seniors, vets and consumers.
Finding ways to reduce the crippling tax burden for New Jerseyans is at the top of the list. It will take a combination of things to do that. Another priority is to find ways to reduce the high cost of health insurance for our residents. To that end, I sponsored the “New Jersey Healthcare Choice Act”, which allows consumers to use insurance from out-of-state insurance companies. Lastly, I will continue is to explore ways to make our state more business friendly towards small and large business alike, to encourage more job and economic development growth.
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Twitter @njdems
Qualifications/Experience Diploma - Passaic High School 1964 Bachellor of Arts - Jersey City State College 1968 Social Studies teaching Paterson school district- American History - Newspaper Circulation Representative.
Horrific taxation problems must be solved. I love NJ I know we can do better: Suggested Solutions include- 1) Determine budgetary needs and sources- How do they balance? and What changes need to be made? Systemic legislation enabling municipalities to assist in consolidations and RESPONSIBLE and workable recommendations need enactment. 2) Federal income taxes out of NJ surpass the taxes coming back. All development ends due to imbalance. Bringing back and expanding new jobs must be encouraged and improved. 3) Everyone needs to participate, help legislators to create constructive systemic changes. You have a stake in positive problem resolution because our state is very different from Texas and all others. States rights will have a new meaning.
Public pension contractual responsibility must be met. Contracts are entered on good faith and accountability. Vigorous negotiations must weed out abuse(double dipping, benefit calculations, time of service, lifetime public office benefits, etc.). Taxpayers need large deductions,public employees ought not feel cheated(lives are at stake). Develop a serious attempt to control NJ finances creatively. State income sources have changed, legislators should follow and discuss a new plan.
Global warming can not be denied in the nation's most densely populated state. Our cities are often larger than most states and the environment is abused more often than any other place. Decades have failed to full clean up super fund sites. The government and corporate game has killed jobs making urban renewal vastly more difficult. Intrastate and interstate commerce have not responded. The ARC tunnel, decent transportation by air, water, rail, roads and bridges are terribly depleted needing emergency state attention. JERSEY GOT BIG PROBLEMS... Certainly hydraulic fracturing and pipelines add gasoline to these problems. Renewable energy and conservation offer promise if we're aggressive. Air and water need a qualitative redevelopment. Pollution wars must be won. Beauty can not remain ugly
Living peacefully together sets NJ apart. The demands are different. Jobs necessitate attitudinal change. Living geographically close to the job calls for elimination of gangs, drug addiction, gun encouragement wherever people feel unsafe. Crime prevention is every body's goal. Changing the economic outlook is a cooperative goal involving corporate and private initiatives, figuring it out is Jersey's historical gift to America. Becoming first is how we'll be Washington's role model.
Issues tend to work in unity. Proving Single Payer Health Care(America's eventual health care program) and education from Head Start through post college degrees are on every body's mind. Failing in the 90's Single Payer conceptualizes heath care coverage for every one, recipients of Medicare, Medicaid, veterans, all Women's procedures, planned parenthood, and pharmaceuticals with government negotiated pricing with insurance companies in the most cost effective manner. Public education is part of municipal tax structures for families and individuals. Public funding division would jeopardize American educational quality and effect all levels from preschool to post degree programs. Progressive approaches should improve every body's life.
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