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  • Tamer Mamkej
    (Rep)

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    Shavonda E. Sumter
    (Dem)

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    Benjie E. Wimberly
    (Dem)

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.shavondasumter.com
Campaign Address PO Box 2136 Paterson, NJ 07509
Social Justice, access to healthcare, and economic/job growth. I currently have several bills to address these issues.
New Jersey property taxes remain a high priority area of improvement for all homeowners. The challenge for residents of my district that include the City of Paterson remains the limited services provided by the municipality despite paying a disproportionate share of property taxes. Therefore, where applicable municipalities should be encouraged to share and consolidate services which help reduce property taxes and potentially increase services.
Continue to support educational platforms to support industry growth, skills building with livable wages.
Website benjiewimberly.com
Campaign Address PO Box 365 Elmwood Park, NJ 07407
Housing: As Chairman of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee, I recognize that there isn't enough affordable housing in our communities, and homeowners are struggling to pay high taxes. I plan to continue supporting and drafting legislation that protects New Jersey residents and provides solutions to housing issues throughout the state. Education: A great education is a strong foundation. More work needs to be done to ensure that all students have access to necessary resources and opportunities. I will continue to fight and advocate for safer schools, strong curriculum, and fair funding for all schools and school districts. Criminal Justice Reform: The flaws within the criminal justice system remain unresolved, largely to the detriment of people of color and the working class. I plan to continue to make unremitting strides towards ensuring that the Criminal Justice System in New Jersey is on the path to reformation with hopes to inspire other States to do the same.
Earlier this year, New Jersey became the No. 1 state to move away from. Although the top two reasons why people were moving out of New Jersey include; 1) Career change and 2) Retirement, it is my belief that high taxes has impacted people’s decision to move out of the state.

New Jersey is within the top ten “most tax burden” states. About half of the Property Tax Bills goes towards funding for public school education. In order to lower property taxes in New Jersey, there must be proper funding and allocation for schools from the state level. This means finding ways to fully fund our schools and ensure that all school districts get the proper resources that they need while cutting out the unnecessary expenses.

In addition, there should be a full tax freeze for senior citizens who are living on a fixed income, and energy tax receipt returns to local municipalities.

New Jersey is a great state for more businesses to develop and grow. The American Dream Meadowlands is a great example of a business that will allow for more employment opportunities throughout the state. In order to promote more job growth, we need to look into opening up more businesses throughout the state that will create more employment opportunities while benefiting New Jersey communities.