Our Platform



Campaign Finance Reform

This is my number one issue. It is not the centerpiece of any campaign that I am aware of, nor is it discussed at any length in the media, and you certainly won’t see social media postings with fevered comments in support or against, however, I consider it to be THE ISSUE of all issues. Indeed, ANY issue that affects you is surely rooted in campaign financing and lobbying. Billions of dollars are spent each year to affect legislation and it pays off, but not for us and that is exactly why I’m running. If we get the money out, Congress can start to work for us again.

Read more

 

Taxes

New Jersey has the highest effective property tax rate in the country. The median property tax bill is in excess of $7,400. Can property taxes go down? I say yes.

Read more

 

Healthcare

New Jersey has the most expensive public health care system in the nation. Some projections indicate that next year’s Affordable Care Act premiums could increase by 40%, most of which will be paid for by our tax dollars. We will also see soaring premium increases across the board as the insurance industry seeks to recoup billions in losses due to COVID-19. So will health insurance companies, which yielded net profits of 28 billion dollars just two years ago, increase the cost of healthcare when we need it most?

Read more

 

Term Limits

Finally, something we all agree on. Nearly every study, survey and poll indicate overwhelming support for term limits in Congress. So why hasn’t this changed? It’s because the lawmakers in power want to stay right where they are. Nearly 25% of Congress have served 12 or more years, and even with historically low approval ratings, incumbents have a re-election rate of 90%. Campaign finance is largely responsible for this phenomenon. Through the financial backing of special interests and wealthy donors, many of our policy makers have been able to stay in office for decades. And despite public opinion, lawmakers are not likely to pass legislation limiting their own terms.

Read more

 

Gun Safety

Guns are a perfect example of how special interests block common sense law. Despite 60% of Americans supporting stricter gun control and most Americans supporting mental illness screening, background checks on private gun sales, and a ban on assault style weapons and high capacity ammo, congress remains stalled.

Read more

 

Social Justice Reform

The struggle for racial justice in the United States is far from over. In 2020, both the health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the Black community much harder than anyone else. In addition, the ongoing systemic racism of the United States justice system continues to take the lives of Black Americans while denying their right to due process.

Read more

 

Climate Change and the Environment

We are running out of time to secure our future. When I was a child, we played outside and when we got thirsty, we didn’t think twice about drinking from the hose in our yard, or a friend's yard. Today that is a frightening thought and I would not let my children dare drink out of a hose. What happened? From climate change, to lead and arsenic, we are surrounded by toxic substances that hurt us and the environment.

Read more

 

Education

Where do I even start? From school safety and funding to teacher
compensation and curriculum, our education system here in NJ and across the country is a
mess and in desperate need of change. My own two children attended and recently graduated
from NJ public schools, so my views come mostly from the position of a parent, and that,
ironically, is what gives me the greatest hope for education in our state.

Read more

 

Immigration

Immigration is a serious issue that when researched is yet another excellent example of campaign finance run riot.  While Democrats and Republicans fight each other, leadership of both parties have turned a willing and well-compensated eye the other way for decades while they ignore the real issues and solutions. Why is that?

Read more

 

Voting Reform

One of the most disturbing comments made to me by a resident of my town while running for local office was, “They wouldn’t let us vote if it really mattered.”  That really stuck with me because I know too many people feel that way and that is a damn shame. However, I understand why they feel that way. Despite the brave men and women who have fought for the right to vote for women and Black Americans, the value of our votes has been eroded, and partisan rifts have fueled voter suppression over the past few decades. Those brave Americans did not get up and out of their homes, organize, march, and protest in the streets for elections to be decided by the minority. I think of these activists when I stand in the booth to cast my own vote. They did not suffer and sacrifice so I could choose the lesser of two evils; they fought so I could enter that booth with excitement and vote for a candidate that shares my values and my visions.  When was the last time you voted with excitement and hope? I tell anyone who expresses cynicism towards voting, “Your voice matters, please vote, even if not for me.”

Read more

 

Public Banking

Not only do I think a public bank will provide a better option to NJ residents who don’t have access to banking, but I think it can be a tool to increase home-ownership and provide New Jersey residents with access to more and better financial options. Every homeowner knows that awful feeling when you are filing your tax returns and look at your year-end statement. It tells you exactly how much you paid in interest, principal, and taxes. For most of us, the interest is by far the biggest number and you realize just how little of your home you actually paid off during the year with most of your money going to the bank. This only applies to those of us lucky enough able to get a mortgage. For many of our younger generation, having enough money for a down payment is a pipe dream when they are weighed down by excessive student loans and the rising cost of homes. We need more and better options for Americans to bank.

Read more