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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 Assemblymembers, as well as a number of county and local elected officials.
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    Jill Dobrowansky (Dem) Director of Curriculum & Instruction

  • Dianne C. Gove (Rep)

  • Brian E. Rumpf (Rep)

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    Ryan Young (Dem) US Army Veteran

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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 My passion along with the knowledge that insider politics is not working have led me to campaign for NJ State Assembly. I look forward to working with you to ensure that our voice is heard in Trenton.
I will work to reform the school funding formula which short changes our local schools and increases property tax burden. As a state, we must ease the property tax burden by funding our schools, restoring rebates for seniors and low-income residents, and incentivizing towns to share services. One source of relief could come from the reduction of tax breaks for big corporations.
Currently, the state owes 49 billion dollars to Teachers Pension and Annuity Fund. As an advocate for reducing the amount of public employee retirement funds invested in hedge funds and other high-risk and high-fee investments, we will seek to end the reliance on hedge funds in the state investment portfolio. This will be done by eliminating the excessive management fees that get paid to hedge funds and banks. These hedge fund management fees costs New Jersey’s pension funds $728 million in 2015. These fees would have been better spent contributing to the pension funds. Our public educators have accepted lower starting incomes with the understanding that the pension will be there for their retirement. We have to ensure the pension is funded for the men and women who are educating our kids.
Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is the process of injecting highly pressurized liquids deep into the ground for the purpose of extracting oil and gas. It has been conditionally banned in the state since 2011. I oppose fracking and oppose the pipelines that would cut through preserved lands and environmentally sensitive areas such as the Pinelands, which will be devastated by the South Jersey Gas pipeline. As a state, we have to invest in renewable sources of energy. We can accomplish this by converting the nuclear power plants in the state to wind and solar farms with generating stations to provide energy to residents of NJ. Our district is home to some of the most pristine beaches in the state, we must protect our shores by vigorously opposing offshore drilling.
We have to begin to bring the industries of Science, Technology, and Engineering back to NJ. This can be accomplished by supporting small business start-ups in these fields through a one-time reduced fee structure for applications or licensing. In addition, we have to provide increased access to capital for small businesses and startups, especially for minority and women-owned businesses. As a state, we can keep our largest export, college and trade school graduates by forgiving student loans for new graduates launching businesses in underserved communities and are making a meaningful impact.
Veteran & Military Affairs - Expand job training program, guarantee a certain number of hiring positions.The Division of Veterans Healthcare Services operates three modern long-term care nursing homes.This does not provide equal access to care. I will work to create another veteran center in central/southern NJ to better serve the veteran population who live and work in the area. Public Education - Develop a task force with our highly successful school systems and most at-risk school systems to recommend programs and increase opportunities for students to succeed and graduate. Protection Vulnerable Citizens - I will work to ensure that pre-existing conditions continue to be covered through a single-payer system. I will work to protect the rights of LGBTQ and special needs individuals.
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Twitter @njdems4ld9
Qualifications/Experience Ocean County Young Democrats: Co-President New Jersey Young Democrats, Military & Veteran Caucus: Chairman
I will work to reform the school funding formula which short changes our local schools and increases property tax burden. As a state, we must ease the property tax burden by funding our schools, restoring rebates for seniors and low-income residents, and incentivizing towns to share services. One source of relief could come from the reduction of tax breaks for big corporations.
Currently, the state owes 49 billion dollars to Teachers Pension and Annuity Fund. As an advocate for reducing the amount of public employee retirement funds invested in hedge funds and other high-risk and high-fee investments, we will seek to end the reliance on hedge funds in the state investment portfolio. This will be done by eliminating the excessive management fees that get paid to hedge funds and banks. These hedge fund management fees costs New Jersey’s pension funds $728 million in 2015. These fees would have been better spent contributing to the pension funds. Our public educators have accepted lower starting incomes with the understanding that the pension will be there for their retirement. We have to ensure the pension is funded for the men and women who are educating our kids.
Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is the process of injecting highly pressurized liquids deep into the ground for the purpose of extracting oil and gas. It has been conditionally banned in the state since 2011. I oppose fracking and oppose the pipelines that would cut through preserved lands and environmentally sensitive areas such as the Pinelands, which will be devastated by the South Jersey Gas pipeline. As a state, we have to invest in renewable sources of energy. We can accomplish this by converting the nuclear power plants in the state to wind and solar farms with generating stations to provide energy to residents of NJ. Our district is home to some of the most pristine beaches in the state, we must protect our shores by vigorously opposing offshore drilling.
We have to begin to bring the industries of Science, Technology, and Engineering back to NJ. This can be accomplished by supporting small business start-ups in these fields through a one-time reduced fee structure for applications or licensing. In addition, we have to provide increased access to capital for small businesses and startups, especially for minority and women-owned businesses. As a state, we can keep our largest export, college and trade school graduates by forgiving student loans for new graduates launching businesses in underserved communities and are making a meaningful impact.
Veteran & Military Affairs - Expand job training program, guarantee a certain number of hiring positions.The Division of Veterans Healthcare Services operates three modern long-term care nursing homes.This does not provide equal access to care. I will work to create another veteran center in central/southern NJ to better serve the veteran population who live and work in the area.

Public Education - Develop a task force with our highly successful school systems and most at-risk school systems to recommend programs and increase opportunities for students to succeed and graduate.

Protection Vulnerable Citizens - I will work to ensure that pre-existing conditions continue to be covered through a single-payer system. I will work to protect the rights of LGBTQ and special needs individual

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