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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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    Roy Freiman (Dem)

  • Donna M. Simon (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.

Qualifications/Experience Roy was the Vice President of Strategy and Analytics, for Prudential Financial. Roy managed data analytics and new marketing and distribution within Prudential’s Individual Life Insurance division.
As a person who has spent my professional career in business, I understand the pressures of managing a budget and competing priorities. New Jersey finances has suffered from years of poor fiscal management by our elected officials. I plan to utilize my business expertise to find waste and efficiencies within the budget to cut down on costs and to ensure the taxpayer’s dollar goes further than before.
People, companies, and institutions, usually find the resources for those things that they value the most. The funding of the state retirement plan is a matter of priorities. Unfortunately, this issue has been ignored by political leaders for years and now it has grown into a significant problem. Our failure to fund our pensions has hurt the state’s economic stability, led to credit downgrades, and threatened the economic futures of New Jersey families. We need to make our pension obligations a top priority. The employees in the state retirement plan should be treated with fairness, and not suffer due to government's failure to properly fund the pension system.
New Jersey need to invest more into clean renewable energy sources (solar and wind). This would bring significant long term construction jobs to our state, while safeguarding our environment.
As per the previous question, investment in renewable energy sources (solar and wind) would bring long term construction jobs to the state. New Jersey needs to become a magnet for new business and industry. This can only occur if the state has a complete set attributes that attracts businesses to NJ that go well beyond enticing short term tax incentives. New Jersey must have a strong, well educated, skilled, and diverse talent pool for employers. This means we need to maintain our investment in education, and commit to ensuring a well maintained infrastructure so people can get to work, and a regulatory environment that is well balanced and not heavy handed.

Women’s Health Funding: we need to fully fund Planned Parenthood and women’s health programs. These programs have been cut every year under Gov. Christie. High Stakes Testing: High Stakes testing is teaching our children how to take tests, but at the expense of significant instruction time. PARCC testing is a valuable macro level measurement data source, but they are being overused with unintended consequences. We need to take steps to ensure testing is used in ways that are as effective and minimally invasive as possible. Health Care: As ACA issue plays out in Washington, this will impact the residents of New jersey. No one should lose their insurance or be forced to lose coverage due to increased premiums from Trump’s changes. We need to be ready to take steps to protect our families.
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