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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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    Robert D. Clifton (Rep) Director of Local Government Affairs for Comcast

  • Ronald S. Dancer (Rep) Full-time legislator

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    Gene Davis (Dem) Retired

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  • Nirav Patel (Dem)

  • Anthony J. Storrow (L)

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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.

Qualifications/Experience Mayor, Borough of Matawan - 1996 to 2005 Freeholder, County of Monmouth - 2005 to 2012 Assemblyman, NJ General Assembly
There are numerous bills that have been introduced in both the Assembly and the Senate, that support, which would reform New Jersey's property tax system. Bills that would reform property taxes for seniors, eliminate sick leave payouts, encourage and facilitate local and regional shared services, civil service reform and public employee health benefits reform. However, none of these propels have made it out of the legislature to date.
I support the bipartisan commission's report. Among other reforms it uses $2 billion from recommended health benefit reforms to fund the pension.
I support conservation as well as expansion of renewable energy projects. I am not in favor of fracturing here in the state. As for pipelines, they need to be built in such a way that public safety is the first priority. I have introduced legislation with my running mate Assemblyman Ron Dancer to ban the placement of natural gas pipelines with 100 feet of buildings.

We have also introduced legislation that gives the affected municipalities and the public more say in the process.

To date none of these proposals have been voted on.
New Jersey is ranked as the worst state in the nation to run a business and has the second-most burdensome regulations in the nation. There are several bills which would assist in job creation. For example:

A-1630 - would provide business tax credits for apprentice programs. A-3356 - provides tax credits for capital improvements for manufacturing facilities.

To date neither of these proposals have been voted on.
State Taxes: New Jersey has the third-highest tax burden in the country according to Forbes. There is several pieces of legislation that would help ease the tax burden. A-3536: stop automatic tax hikes if a taxpayer gets a cost-of-living increases, A-1062: reduces income tax by 10% and A-676: increase the amount of property taxes that can be deducted from the income tax.

Education Funding Reform: I support ACR-35 which proposes a constitutional amendment requiring state funding for public education to be distributed on a per pupil basis.

Affordable Housing: I support Assemblywoman Schepisi's legislations to reform the state's affordable housing system.
Qualifications/Experience State Assemblyman since 2002 Former Mayor of Plumsted Township 22 yr.
The property tax system, as currently structured, is taxation without consideration of one's ability to pay. Many are property rich and cash poor. Property Tax Reform should be a "revenue neutral" income based system with the following Property Tax Reduction initiatives:

Sick Leave (A-653)...nearly $750 million in property tax costs Shared Services and Consolidation (S-1 / A-3294) Civil Service Reform Citizens Constitutional Convention to lower property taxes
Public employees have never missed a payment...The State of NJ must make its' payments and keep its' commitments.

I voted for the Quarterly Payment Law (S-2810)

I voted for the Lottery dedication law (S-3312)
I support renewable energy sources and energy assistance for low income residents

I voted for S-1041 in the 2014-2015 legislative session that bans the discharge of fracking byproducts in NJ

Increase the percentage of sustainable and renewable power sources to be used in the State's Energy Master Plan
Less taxes

Less onerous regulations

Business Attraction, Expansion and Retention incentives with tax credits

Renewal of the Economic Opportunity Act
Middle Class Affordability...A-3536 to index the state income tax to inflation to stop automatic tax increases

Health Care Out of Network Protection... (A-4178) Ensure that patients are not surprised by excessive medical charges in the ER and out of network

Voting record to help domestic violence victims; prevent DV; and stiffer penalties to DV offenders S-2483...voted for the "Gabby Giffords Law" A-2185...voted to require DV training for prosecutors A-4040...voted to require DV training for law enforcement officers A-315 ....voted for "Lisa's Law" electronic monitoring of certain DV offenders A-4034...voted for "Monica's Law" to require risk assessments to protect DV victims A-4046...sponsor this bill to allow court to order DV defendant attend counseling through Batterers' Program
Qualifications/Experience For over 20 years, Gene owned and operated a diner in Linden. During this time, Gene ran and earned a seat on the Linden Board of Education before serving for over a decade as a Councilman in Linden.
New Jersey has a crisis on our hands with our property taxes - companies are leaving the state and the jobs go with them. This causes people to leave the state to pursue work in their field. I have a 3-point plan to address our tax situation in New Jersey:

We need to apply for more federal grants. We currently only receive $0.65 for every dollar we send to the federal government. As a state, we can do more to ensure we receive our fair share of the federal money.

The state can do more to foster municipal service consolidation. There are currently more school districts in New Jersey than there are townships. The state has a lot of power incentivizing small towns to partner with bigger, neighboring towns to buy into a single-system that will allow cost reduction.
The first thing we need to do is to lock away the pension system to forbid politicians from gambling with the retirement plans of public employees. The state should remove themselves from the equation and hand the pension system over to those who would benefit from it. This type of system would allow those with skin the game be responsible for their own futures.
The first thing we need to do is to lock away the pension system to forbid politicians from gambling with the retirement plans of public employees. The state should remove themselves from the equation and hand the pension system over to those who would benefit from it. This type of system would allow those with skin the game be responsible for their own futures.
Our state has always been a leader for high-income jobs and we need to ensure that we remain a national leader. The state can provide incentives for companies looking to invest in the future, with high-paying, technical jobs, to move to New Jersey instead of opening up shop in California or the Pacific Northwest. We can further ensure we apply the lessons of Jersey City and Hoboken to other similar towns to turnaround towns that have floundered as a result of deindustrialization.

One of the most efficient manners in which the state can quickly promote job growth is by ensuring state contracts are awarded to companies that conduct business in New Jersey, not in other states. While we promote local shopping, we must stand by our words and produce action.
The opiod epidemic is not an issue that can be solved overnight, but there are several actions we can take to begin to address the root causes. We need to work with local law enforcement and healthcare providers to create a system that treats addicts for their heath issues, rather than just incarceration.

We need to invest in our infrastructure by building new bridges, roads, and tunnels, and restore funding to NJ Transit in order to continue being one of the premiere shipping hubs in the country.

Our schools are currently the biggest recipient of our property tax dollars and we have some of the best schools in the nation as a result. However, there are steps that can be taken to ensure our education gets better and we can reduce costs.
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