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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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  • Ronald D Derose (Rep)

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    Mila M. Jasey (Dem) Former Public Health Nurse

  • John F. McKeon (Dem)

  • Angelo Tedesco Jr. (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.

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Website Jasey for Assembly
Qualifications/Experience The Assemblywoman has built a reputation as a leader in the area of education. Her efforts have been recognized by the N.J. School Boards Association, the NJEA, the Essex and Morris Counties Education Associations, the South Orange/Maplewood Board of Education, the Essex Regional Educational Services Commission, Garden State Equality and the New Jersey Library Association. Mila has an extensive record of community service, including the League of Women Voters, the ACHIEVE Foundation, the South Orange Civic Organization, the Columbia High School Scholarship Fund and the Community Coalition on Race and eight years as a member of the South Orange Maplewood Board of Education. Assemblywoman Jasey received her B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University and her master’s degree from the Pace University School of Nursing.
The issue of property taxes remains the single most important concern for residents of New Jersey. We must continue to seek ways to stabilize them through an adequate and predictable school funding approach from the state. There also continues to be an over reliance on property taxes for funding the needs of our municipalities. We would support consolidation, shared services and regionalization approaches as well.
The hard working teachers and other public employees have a right to count on their pensions that they have faithfully contributed into. We would support ways to restructure the pension payments the state needs to make as well as additional supports for the system such as a millionaire's tax.
There is no greater legacy than leaving our children a clean, green state, and events of recent years have made this more challenging. We are a strong advocate of promoting open space funding, banning wastewater fracking. And returning New Jersey to the RGGI and preserving the Highlands, which supplies drinking water to a majority of our residents. We are steadfast in our commitment to fight pipelines transporting crude through our state.
We need to focus on creating a healthy pipeline of citizens who can perform jobs needed by the companies that are either located in New Jersey or are looking to relocate. That requires a continued exploration of how education and labor needs should complement each other while recognizing that most people will work in more than one job during their lifetime. Strengthening the lines of coordination between pre-k through high school, vocational training and higher education. Housing people can afford and the encouragement of public- private partnerships are also key to promoting job growth.
Full funding for schools, tax relief for the middle class while finding new revenue streams for the state, and a stronger focus on our aging infrastructure and transportation systems.
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