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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
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    Marlene Caride (Dem) Attorney and Legislator

  • Marc Marsi (Rep)

  • Paul Passamano, Jr. (Rep)

  • Gary Schaer (Dem)

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Biographical Information

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.

Qualifications/Experience I am completing my third term in the Assembly. I am a partner in the Union City law firm of Gonzalez & Caride. I have served on my local Board of Health, Environmental Committee and Library Board.
I believe we must combat New Jersey's high, and continually rising, property taxes through emphasizing and prioritizing cost-efficiency in our state, county and local spending. I believe that shared-services agreements between municipalities/school districts/counties are an important step in containing rapidly rising costs. I believe that we should provide state incentives to the local and county governmental entities that do consolidate to decrease costs.
I have always been clear on my position that we must meet our promises and obligations by fully funding the state retirement plan. Last June, I co-sponsored, and voted in favor of, ACR109 which proposed a constitutional amendment to require state payments to the state retirement plan and to provide enforcement of funding obligations and benefit rights. In December, I voted in favor of A4/S2810 to require quarterly payments to the pension fund. I will continue to support legislative measures to ensure our state retirement plan is fully funded.

Our state should continue to increase the energy we create from renewable sources such as biomass, wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, etc. We should also focus on controlling our expanding energy needs by increasing our energy efficiency. Energy efficiency saves residents, businesses and government money, while protecting our environment. I support efforts to stabilize New Jersey's solar energy market so that installation of solar panels is economically viable for homeowners, businesses and builders of housing as well as commercial construction. I also support "green incentives" which will help to encourage the design and construction of energy-efficient housing and commercial buildings.
I believe that job growth in our state is best promoted through programs that train and support small businesses; train skilled laborers for our manufacturing industries; and, increase the availability of vocational training.
(1) Commencing my second year as chair of the Assembly Education Committee, I will continue to work to address our state's public school funding crisis.

(2) I will continue to prioritize issues affecting our children's education and safety. I have spearheaded legislation that addresses standardized testing issues, student digital privacy and parental rights, safety initiatives for special needs students, among others.

(3) I continue to prioritize the opioid addiction crisis faced in our state. In 2014, I drafted legislation to authorize the attorney general to establish a statewide Opioid Law Enforcement Coordinating Task Force. My legislation passed both houses unanimously and was signed into law in 2015. This issue will continue to be a priority.
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