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    Christine Clarke
    (Dem)

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    Bettylou DeCroce
    (Rep)

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    Laura Fortgang
    (Dem)

  • Jay Webber
    (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?

Website www.clarkeforassembly.com
Campaign Address Clarke For Assembly P.O. Box 585 Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849
As an environmental advocate, grassroots organizer and mom-of-four running against incumbents deemed 'environmentally hostile' by the Sierra Club, I intend to accelerate our movement into a thriving clean energy economy, protect clean air and water, improve healthcare and lead with empathy and fiscal responsibility. Our state is finally starting to move in the correct direction with energy sourcing as of Executive Order 8, the Clean Energy Act and the draft release of the Energy Master Plan, but there is more work to be done to make sure we transition to clean renewable solar and wind power, reduce our carbon footprint and cut toxic emissions, make homes and businesses more energy efficient, electrify transportation including school buses and NJ Transit, and bring to New Jersey the tens of thousands of well-paying jobs these changes would create. I would work with the New Jersey Legislature on these goals on our collective behalf, inviting public comment and involvement.
As an environmental advocate, I am keenly aware of the reports concerning climate change and potential impacts on the taxes New Jersey residents pay. As a coastal state we are uniquely vulnerable and projections estimate we will be paying $1.6 billion per year as a state in annual severe weather damages by 2030 if we don't meet our climate action goals. As a home owner, I don't want to pay more in property taxes and those estimates are concerning. Transitioning to a clean energy economy will not only help generate revenue without property tax increases, but will also help homeowners by reducing energy bills while cutting emissions. Further, we can realize more revenue by moving forward with creation of a state bank so we are paying interest to ourselves, and enacting tax fairness by way of the proposed two-cent tax on earned income over $1 million in a given reporting year. These actions, taken with smart environmental reforms, will help us avoid property tax increases.
I am excited about the changes we can bring to New Jersey over the next few years as we transition to clean energy. If we move New Jersey to 100% clean energy through solar, wind and biofuels, we will create over 100,000 new well-paying jobs for our state. Offshore wind is already creating jobs; Orsted has opened an office in Atlantic City and already put out a request to hire 1,000 people from top New Jersey unions. They will be hiring thousands more people. Community solar installations and energy efficiency work will only create additional well-paying jobs. We need representatives in Trenton who will advocate policies to build and encourage these important businesses. My incumbent Assembly representatives voted against and abstained from voting on the Clean Energy Act. By contrast, I would be a passionate advocate for clean energy jobs. Poll after poll suggests voters want to move to clean energy. Let's get those voters to the polls on November 5!
Website BettyLou4NJAssembly@gmail.com
Campaign Address 90 E. Halsey Road, Suite 365, Parsippany, NJ 07054
I have demanded an adult of the $28 Billion in federal, NJ & local dollars spent annually on education. We must ensure money is not wasted and end the duplication of costs. I want to overhaul the egregiously mismanaged Schools Development Authority, a source of waste for years.

I have a long record of legislation designed to protect young people from predators, by screening school employees for example, and from companies using social media & the Internet to sell everything from video games to vaping products. I also have ensured students get a proper education and those who enter community college have a pathway to four-year schools.

I have battled rising taxes and over-regulation that are crushing families and killing jobs. I have supported the businesses in NJ who employ 3.6 million workers. That is why I introduced a bill to establishe a bi-partisan Review Commission to assess how rules and regulations and Executive Orders have on the state’s economy.
I will continue to demand accountability for how taxes are spent and push back on every foolish tax and spend policy coming out of Trenton, where they think every problem should be solved by taxing families more each year. I am pushing for an audit of education funds, an overhaul of the Schools Development Authority and I have pushed bills to review the impacts that new regulations have on the economy and conduct a cost-benefit analyses of all state programs. I was a loud voice against the 16 bills pushed by the Trenton majority to raise taxes and fees on people in NJ more than 20 times in two years. While I’m known for my bi-partisan work to get problems solved, I have refused to join Governor Murphy and his Democrat-controlled Legislature in reckless efforts to hike taxes and spending that puts pressures on our families and the businesses who employ them. I voted against the $38.7 Billion budget this June that added $4 Billion more in spending than just two years ago.
We must lessen the regulatory burdens and taxes dumped on the businesses and families in NJ to grow meaningful jobs. But government can help by working with businesses and educational institutions to better align our skills development in the workforce with the skills needed by our major industries. Employers say they have lucrative jobs available, but cannot find workers with the proper skills. To assist our manufacturing industry, for example, I introduced a bill to require officials in education and the manufacturing industry to establish a list of industry-recognized credentials to be used in developing appropriate educational programs. People can be trained with the skills demanded by our manufacturers and find careers in industrial marketing, mechanical engineering, computer science, electronics, and mechatronics. This type of cooperative effort can help our key industry clusters to expand and provide the type of well-paying jobs allowing families to thrive in New Jersey.
Website www.fortgangforassembly.com
Campaign Address PO Box 125 Montclair, New Jersey 07042
Healthcare, Education and Property Taxes Every single person in New Jersey should have access to robust, affordable healthcare. I will fight every day for this right. We are home to ground breaking pharmaceutical companies in New Jersey, some on the verge of curing cancer, yet families here aren't able to afford their insulin or other life saving drugs even with insurance. We must change that equation. Stabilizing healthcare costs for individual households and for the state's public workers is also crucial to stabilizing school budgets and therefore our property taxes. On education, we need to expedite implementing the funding formula. We also need to rethink how we guide our young people into the workforce. High level technical training (VoTech) is in such demand that 2/3 of applicants in Morris Cty are being turned away. By expanding access, we'll prepare more young people to train for the jobs of today and tomorrow, reducing college costs and debt.
Property taxes are one of my three priorities. Every single penny collected must be reinvested in our communities to grow our tax base and make our lives better and healthier here in New Jersey. We also must find additional sources of revenue, cut waste (and corruption) and provide responsible tax relief. I will work to restore property tax relief like the Homestead Rebate, especially for our seniors. I would like to explore the return of the sales tax to its previous rate with the revenue being redirected to support municipalities and take the tax burden off the property owners. I will fight for the school funding formula to be fully exercised to further reduce the burden on the property owner. I support consolidation of services and consolidation of smaller schools districts that do not have a complete K-12 systems that should be joining a larger district to save on costs and therefore taxes.
Three things are most important: 1. Modernizing the infrastructure, 2. reforming our incentive and incubator programs, and 3. Maintaining investment in our public education and training programs which draw families and businesses here and keep them here.

We need to modernize our infrastructure. We need to be able to get people and products and information around the state and beyond efficiently and with low impact on our environment.

We must be independent, responsible oversight for all our incentive. programs. We want to reward companies for bringing jobs and building our economy but tax payers need a guarantee of return on that investment.

We have the top ranked K-12 education in the country resulting in a smart and highly trained pool of employees. We must expand our professional training opportunities and secure our teachers' futures or risk losing this most valuable asset that brings companies that hire our people and bring their own to this state.
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