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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 Assembly Members, as well as a number of county and local elected officials.
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    Eliot Arlo Colon (Dem) Partner and Sr. VP

  • Sean T. Kean (Rep) Attorney

  • Kevin Scott (Dem) General Manager of Chipotle Mexican Grill

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    Edward H. Thomson III (Rep) Enrolled Actuary

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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 President, Brielle Board of Education Community Relations Chairman, Brielle BOE Chairman, Algonquin Arts Theatre, Manasquan, NJ Sr. VP & Partner, Miro Consulting, Inc. NJBIZ Executive of the Year Finalist Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist Author, Advanced Strategies for Software Licensing
1-Cut State Spending-This would make the biggest impact and would benefit tax payers and citizens the most. For starters I would call for a ‘cease and desist’ on tax increases until we have a bilaterally approved plan for state spending cuts. 2-Fair State Funding-State funding formulas tied to public school population are outdated and obsolete. 3-State Mandates must be funded 4-Agressively prosecute and demand restitution for those committing and aiding, criminal behavior which causes misdirection or theft of state services and tax payer money
The objective should be 100% state pension funding with every budget by law. To achieve this, and considering how behind we are in funding, I would push for a ‘roll in’ with a goal of no more than 4 years for full pension funding. Each year the pain of budgeting will be slightly more, but ultimately full budget funding will be achieved. The state will have 4 years to plan and execute the needed changes to live within this fiscally responsible law.
Protecting Environment is Economics-I view protecting environment as being connected at the hip with local tourism economy. Tourism generates over $5 billion in revenues in NJ. Roughly 1 in 10 jobs in NJ are tourism related jobs. Hurting environment is essentially ‘borrowing’ from future for today’s luxury. We are forgoing future of clean water, air and beaches for short term gain. From an economic sense, you are borrowing money that you are not on the hook to pay back. Someone else down the line will need to pay the debt, perhaps our children or grandchildren. So, it is all about return on investment. The more we invest in our environment today, through clean beaches, waterways, parks, and limiting runoff and deregulation, the better return we will have in the future with a lower bill
Job growth is return on investment. If an employer feels that hiring more people will add more profit, then they will hire. To that end, we need to ease up on restrictions to conducting business. There are too many fees, applications and annual renewals bills and all of these reduce the employers ability to make a profit and hire, and thus are just another form of taxation. I would reduce the state and local govt fees involved with starting and running a business and then I bet the hiring will improve. Keep in mind that the federal unemployment rate is one of the best it’s ever been, so qualified workers may be leaving the state due, in part, to very expensive cost of living that out paces income potential.
1-State Govt TERM LIMITS-You cannot fix New Jersey’s problems with lifetime appointments at the helm. Term limits are needed in the New Jersey’s Assembly and Senate. 2-We have too many ‘standardized test days’; which add unnecessary cost to district taxpayers, are not a very good judge of academic achievement, take students away from instructional time and reward the district and teachers for ‘teaching to the test’ instead of teaching students to learn subject material. 3-Concealed Carry Reciprocity – House Bill H.R. 38: Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. I believe that this bill eliminates state rights and imposes upon the states to adapt to the weakest concealed carry laws in the USA.
  I feel we need to explore all options in order to lower property taxes. The main driver of property taxes is the school funding formula so we must look at reforming school funding. In addition, the affordable housing mandate is putting a financial strain on municipalities.
The state needs to address pension issues in order to protect current and future retirees who are contributing to the system. I feel that we need to scale back/overhaul the pensions for new employees.  

I feel New Jersey is doing a decent job of meeting energy needs, but this need does need to be balanced against protecting the environment. We should be exploring renewable sources of energy that protect the environment, promote economic development and spur job creation.
I would promote job growth by minimizing regulations on businesses, making the state more competitive to attract businesses, and opposing legislation that burdens business (for example increasing minimum wage).  
-Reforming the school funding formula -Reducing/eliminating affordable housing mandates -Making New Jersey affordable for the middle class
Qualifications/Experience I am a Father of 3, who is concerned for not just their future, but everyone's future. I worked my way up in the restaurant industry. I am a first time candidate that is tired of hoping politicians will vote to support the middle class, and instead want to be the one that does the voting. I am an empathetic person, something I think is lacking in most politicians. The only way we can help people is if we have the ability to put ourselves in their shoes.
Fully fund education fairly, making it easier on municipalities. We can also consolidate municipal services, saving taxpayers money in overhead. We could also legalize marijuana and put the tax revenue towards easing property taxes.
Stop borrowing from the pension funds to pay other debts. Again, we can use tax revenue from the legalization of marijuana to help pay for our deficits. Get rid of wasteful spending in the government.
New Jersey should work towards getting all of it's energy from renewable energy sources. I would support laws that would allow homeowners to install solar systems that produce more than they need, and I would like all new homes to be built with a solor system on it.
New Jersey needs to focus on revamping it's infrastructure. Our bridges, tunnels and road are decaying and are in desperate need of repair, along with better mass transit options. Investing in infrastructure will promote job creation.
I would support and sponsor a law that would make a single payer healthcare system exist in NJ. I would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. I would sponsor legislation that would have a more progressive tax plan, allowing us to better tax the wealthy while not hurting those in need.
Qualifications/Experience Small business owner with nearly 40 years experience as an actuary, administering pension systems. 20 years as Trustee of New Jersey Public Employee Retirement System. Former Wall Twp. Mayor & Committeeman Wall Twp. Planning Board Member
Addressing our property tax crisis is one of my top priorities. Reducing property taxes will require a comprehensive reform of our government, including consolidation of government entities and services and the implementation of various cost savings that will reduce the cost of government which drives up our property taxes.
Failure to address our state’s pension issues jeopardizes the futures of our public employees and undermines our state’s fiscal health. While some efforts have been initiated to deal with this crisis, the state must make the necessary payments to address the chronic underfunding issue so that this system can remain solvent, while at the same time not adding to the burden on our overtaxes residents.
While we should seek to reduce our energy demand, our energy needs should be met by a variety of sources, with an emphasis on renewable sources when feasible. Moreover, energy projects, such as pipelines and hydraulic fracturing should be carefully evaluated and implemented in a manner that reduces any potential impact on our environment.
Our state is continually ranked as one of the worst places for businesses who create jobs and drive our economy. To that end, we need to foster a more business-friendly environment by reducing burdensome red tape and unnecessary regulations that add to the cost of doing business in New Jersey. In addition, we should reduce the tax burden on businesses and provide financial incentives for the job-creating business that stay in our state and grow their business here.
Making our state more affordable is my top priority and I will work to reduce the cost of government and reduce the tax burden that is forcing more and more of our citizens to flee our state for more affordable locations.

In addition, the Legislature should enact legislation overturning the court-ordered affordable housing mandates that will increase property taxes and will dramatically affect our quality of life.

Finally, I will support initiatives that direct more government support to combating the opioid crisis that is devastating so many families in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. logo


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