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  • R. Bruce Land
    (Dem)

  • Antwan McClellan
    (Rep)

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    Matthew W Milam
    (Dem)

  • Erik Simonsen
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

Please indicate your top three state priority issues and explain how you would address them.

What, if anything, do you propose to address concerns regarding property taxes?

What would you do to promote job growth in our state?

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Website www.teamsouthjersey.com
1. Fair funding across New Jersey. I support funding those districts across the State who were chronically underfunded for years, but I do not support doing so at the expense of other districts. We should bring up the funding of those underfunded districts while holding harmless other districts. To fund this we should look for efficiencies in State government. We have a multi-point plan that would implement a number of cost saving measures.

2. Infrastructure. With the increase in the petroleum receipts tax (aka gas tax), there is increased funding for infrastructure projects in New Jersey. More of that funding should be directed to South Jersey, particularly towards addressing the completion of Rt. 55. We should also use that funding for dredging, bridge and road repairs, and to increase transit in South Jersey.

3. Economic development. We have to make New Jersey more business friendly and help businesses to grow and flourish in New Jersey.
With over 600 municipalities in New Jersey, there is a tremendous amount of overlap in services, which is a large reason why property taxes are so high in our State. We must do more to encourage and incentivize local governments to share services, and reduce the cost of local government. If local government costs less, that will directly lead to lower property taxes.
We must spur economic development in our State. We have to streamline the regulatory permitting process, which can be confusing and extremely burdensome. Businesses are looking for certainty and clarity, and too often they are unsure of what they need to do to comply with the tremendous amounts of regulations that New Jersey imposes.

We must also work to be at the vanguard of burgeoning new industries, such as industrial hemp or drones. New Jersey is well positioned to be a leader on so many fronts, we just have to make sure we are supporting these businesses, and not hampering them.
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