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  • Jon Bramnick
    (Rep)

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    Stacey Gunderman
    (Dem)

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    Lisa Mandelblatt
    (Dem)

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    Martin Marks
    (IC)

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    Nancy F. Munoz
    (Rep)

  • Harris P. Pappas
    (IC)

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 mandelblattgunderman.com
Campaign Address 900 Minisink Way, Westfield, NJ 07090
If elected, my top three priorities will be taking on the affordability crisis in New Jersey, protecting the environment for future generations, and modernizing our transportation system by fully funding NJTransit. We must find a dedicated funding source for NJ Transit as we cannot continue to treat our transit expenses as discretionary or deferrable. We should become a leader in green technology development and implementation which will bring new jobs and industry to our state while also reducing our environmental footprint.
Having the highest property taxes in the nation is not a weight that most residents of our state can easily bear. While there is no one solution to immediately relieve the stress of property taxes, there are many steps that we can take to reduce the burden many homeowners feel including shared services between municipalities and counties, fully funding our public schools at the state level, and ensuring that commercial properties are being fairly assessed as compared to residential properties.
Promoting job growth starts with education. If we invest in our students at all levels of their education, we will benefit from their innovative solutions as we foster an environment in which entrepreneurs invest their ideas in new business back in our state. New Jersey’s history shows us to be a fertile soil for new technologies including Edison and Bell Labs. In addition to investing in developing industries, we should be assuring that all residents receive a living wage. Investing in our small businesses is critical, as local businesses are the backbone of our economy and provide an abundance of jobs for our neighbors.
Website mandelblattgunderman.com
Campaign Address 900 Minisink Way, Westfield, NJ 07090
My top three priorities are fully funding NJTransit, repairing and rebuilding New Jersey’s infrastructure, and reducing the tax burden, particularly property taxes.

The prior administration gutted NJTransit. As a result, trains are too often cancelled or delayed. And while we need the federal government to fund the Gateway Project, the state must do its part. NJTransit must be fully funded.

New Jersey’s crumbling infrastructure goes beyond trains. It includes our roads, bridges, tunnels, and the list goes on. If we want to attract home buyers and businesses, we must bring New Jersey’s infrastructure into the 21st century.

Property taxes are an issue unique to New Jersey, because we pay the highest in the nation. There are things that we can do to bring property taxes under control. First, the state must fully fund our schools. Next, we need to take a look at shared services. The state must play a role in urging municipalities to look for ways to cut costs by sharing services.
Property taxes are an issue unique to New Jersey, because we pay the highest in the nation. The loss of the SALT deduction under Trump’s tax scam has added insult to injury. But there are things that we can do to bring property taxes under control. First, is to make sure that the state lives up to its obligation to fully fund our schools. Next, we need to take a serious look at shared services. For example, does every municipality needs its own Board of Health? The state must play a strong leadership role in urging municipalities to look for ways to cut costs by sharing services. This should be done by offering positive incentives and support. It’s time to think creatively and collaboratively if we are going to make NJ more affordable.
Fully funding and getting NJTransit working again, repairing our infrastructure, and reducing the tax burden in the state are all things that would promote job growth. Each priority item would make the state more attractive to live and do business. Getting NJTransit back on track would ease travel across the state and take cars off the road. With less cars on the road, congestion will decrease and our roadways will get less wear and tear. Quality of life will also improve because people will get where they are going when they want to get there. Repairing the infrastructure, including not just roads, but underground infrastructure like water pipes and above ground infrastructure like electrical wires. With every passing year these systems breakdown a little bit more. As a coastal state we are going to feel the effects of climate change in a big way. For New Jersey to be resilient we need to have excellent infrastructure.
Website MarksPappasforAssembly.com
Campaign Address 13 N. Union Ave. #5 Cranford, NJ 07016
1- Property Taxes: For years BOTH Democrat and Republican elected leaders in Trenton have not displayed the political will to address the issue in any substantive way. Therefore I am calling for a state constitutional convention to specifically address property taxes. At the convention citizen representatives of NJ will introduce and debate specific solutions and then a referendum will be placed on the ballot so that all NJ voters can assume the responsibility of enacting a remedy once and for all. 2- Rescind the 185% gas tax increase. This boondoggle was enacted ostensibly to shore up the Transportation Trust Fund and improve our roads and infrastructure. Our roads are still a mess and politicians in Trenton are already promoting ideas to raid the fund for pet projects such as boardwalk repair. 3- Allow a simple computer program to create our congressional and state legislative election districts instead of allowing politicians to gerrymander the lines to protect incumbents.
Inept and cowardly politicians of both parties have failed to address this long standing crisis that has literally chased residents out of NJ. Two NJ Supreme Court Decisions are directly responsible for our outrageous property taxes. Abbott vs Burke which created 30 "Special Needs" school districts, mandates that these districts be provided the funds so that per pupil spending there would mirror the highest spending school district in the state. Accordingly, these 30 districts receive the lion's share of state educational aid, while the remaining 580 school districts must share the rest and accordingly must over-rely on property taxes to fund their schools. The second NJ Supreme court decision is known as Mt. Laurel I and II which mandates towns to disregard their own zoning and construct high density affordable housing in their communities without regard to the financial burden the overdevelopment creates. BOTH decisions need to be overturned via Constitutional Amendment
This is beyond simple and evidence of success can be seen in other states. Those states that have the lowest taxes (income, property, etc.) have seen an influx of businesses from high tax and high regulation states. As these businesses relocate, job growth accelerates at the expense of the high tax states such as NJ. That can be reversed if our income and property taxes were competitive with low (or even no) tax states
Website www.nancymunoz.net
Making the state more affordable by reducing the tax burden; improving education and reforming the school funding system; improving health care quality and affordability; and combatting domestic violence and sexual assault. Here are a list of bill I am sponsoring in each of the above categories:

State taxes • A-3536 • A-676 Education reform and funding ● A-1314 Health care ● A-1558 Domestic violence • A-2185 • A-4040 • A-4034 • A-4046 Sexual Assault • A-1957 • A-1061
I sponsored A653 which would ban payments to public employees at retirement for newly accrued unused sick leave require forfeiture of payment for already accrued sick leave for corruption convictions, and requires documentation for use of sick leave. Statewide property tax payers are liable for hundreds of millions of dollars in such payments, and several municipalities have had to borrow to make these payments. In March 2017 I moved to force it out of committee and have an immediate floor vote on it, but my motion was tabled. In June 217, I again moved to force the bill out of committee, which motion was tabled. I have also sponsored A3102 which permits municipalities to provide information on property tax bills concerning the amount of local tax dollars saved through shared services.
I sponsored A-3183 – Muñoz, the “Innovate New Jersey Act,” allowing higher education institutions to dedicate unused space on campus as “business incubator” zones where businesses can operate with a five-year exemption from state corporate or income taxes, franchise fees or local property taxes, and a 10-year exemption from the sales tax.

I also sponsored A-3356 – Muñoz which provides a tax credit worth 20% of capital improvements in a manufacturing facility to help keep those jobs in-state.
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