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12th Senate District

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 Assembly Members, as well as a number of county and local elected officials.
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    Kevin Antoine (CK) Associate Professor Health Law & Policy

  • David H. Lande (Dem)

  • Samuel D. Thompson (Rep)

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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 Fulbright Scholar, Harvard Administrative Fellow, JD William & Mary, Certificate Organizational Change Cornell Univ, BA Southern MS, Air Force Vet Associate Professor of Health Law & Senior Academic Medical Center Administrator
New Jersey property taxes along with State Aid are of the primary sources of funding for public education. There are 678 school districts in New Jersey’s 21 counties. This means on average within each county there are 32 school districts. 32! This means one county has within its borders 32 school budgets, 32 boards of education, and 32 district superintendents all competing for the same property taxes from the residents of that county. I support having one school district per county by consolidating 678 school districts into 21 countywide school districts, which would allow New Jersey to reduce property taxes by 50% and still fully fund school districts from property taxes and school aid.
There are 17 public pension systems in New Jersey. Eight are state-level programs and nine are administered at the local level. I support having one state level program. Reducing the number of state level pension programs from eight to one would bring more efficiency in the management of New Jersey’s pension program. With only one state level pension to manage I would eliminate or drastically reduce the fees paid to Wall Street Hedge Fund to manage one state level pension. With only one state level pension to manage the state would be able to make the constitutional payments on time to the pension fund.
To meet New Jersey’s energy needs while protecting our environment will require using innovative new technologies that are accessible to all the residents of New Jersey. Investing in wireless electricity, green technology, solar panels, and nuclear energy and reducing New Jersey’s dependence on fossil fuels. Decreasing our dependency of fossil fuels will decrease our need for hydraulic fracturing and building continental pipelines to carry fossil fuels.
Lower New Jersey’s corporate and personal income taxes to attract new industries to the state. Reduce regulations that impede new start up businesses. Provide access to capital for local farmers to invest in new technologies and export their crops and livestock. Invest in our college and universities and help bring their research and development into the market place to create new industries in the state. Invest in training and development of our workforce to increase employee moral, which increases business productivity that attracts new businesses to the state.
Accessible and affordable health care by continuing to support Medicaid Expansion and accepting federal funding to finance it. Support Women’s healthcare and reduce gender disparities in healthcare outcomes.

Support equal pay for women and enforcement of oversight regulations that govern state equal pay laws.

Support for military veterans using their Veterans Administration healthcare insurance benefits to receive medical care from civilian doctors and hospitals.
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