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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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  • Claudio I. Belusic (L)

  • Angela Hendricks (Rep)

  • Valerie Vainieri Huttle (Dem)

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    Gordon M. Johnson (Dem) Legislator

  • Gino P. Tessaro (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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Qualifications/Experience Member of General Assembly 2002-Present; Former Bergen County Sheriff; Veteran of Desert Storm and Operation Joint Endeavor (Major, US Army Reserves); Former Englewood Police Officer
I support shared services as a method to reduce property tax costs by achieving economies of scale. State government should stop usurping the Energy Tax Receipts and should send the money to the municipality where it belongs, defraying local costs. Lastly, property funding the school funding formula will reduce the reliance of local boards of education on property taxes, which account for a significant portion of the property tax burden.
First, the state should reduce its reliance on alternative investments such as hedge funds. These alternative investments charge high fees for mediocre returns, and the state would be better served by using a traditional investment strategy. I was a co-sponsor of a bill that proposed to voters a constitutional amendment requiring additional funding of the pension system, reaching full funding after four years. This constitutional amendment would ensure that the state made its proper contribution and prevent the state from skipping pension payments, which led to our current situation of underfunding
We need to look to the future to meet our rising energy demands. I support offshore wind to produce clean, renewable energy while creating jobs. I also think New Jersey should do more to support hydrogen fuel cells. Hydrogen fuel cells are a promising new technology that produces electricity from hydrogen gas, which can be used to power cars, off-road equipment, or buildings.As an elected official, I will take steps to reduce the use of fossil fuels, which is better for the environment and our national security. I do not support hydraulic fracturing and voted to prohibit it in New Jersey.
I see new technology as a major job creator. We should move forward with plans for offshore wind and expand the use of hydrogen fuel cells. With our ports and airports, logistics and distribution is a key employment sector. We need to maintain our roads and bridges, as well as shipping facilities to encourage companies to locate and expand in New Jersey. Lastly, connections between industry and higher education should be strengthened to promote economic growth. I was a sponsor of the bill that created the NJ Commission on Higher Education and Business Partnerships. We are a highly educated state with strong roots in the scientific and technical industries. Our state should build on these roots, including vocational training for new manufacturing jobs, to grow the economy.
I will hold the Port Authority accountable to build a new Port Authority Bus Terminal. It was built in the 1950s and is beyond its capacity, creating chaos for commuters. I will also advocate for the Gateway Project which would provide two new tunnels under the Hudson, mitigating the constant delays from the 100-year-old tunnels. Another priority is continuing my work on criminal justice reform. I have sponsored several laws to address community relations, militarization, and prisoner rehabilitation. I will work to enhance the use of body cameras and stun guns to prevent police shootings. The light rail extension to Englewood is moving forward and needs legislative support. I will continue to advocate for the project and ensure the necessary funding is available to bring it to fruition.
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