Recently, www.njspotlight.com ran an excellent, well-written, unbiased and informational article on the upcoming Primary election and the race to be New Jersey’s First Legislative District’s Republican nominee. Tara Nurin did a tremendous job of outlining the “politics as usual” and slamming of candidates by others in the race.
As for me, I believed from the beginning that Republicans are in very good shape to take a district that our friends across the aisle have thought would be "in the bag" for them. This will be accomplished by focusing on the ISSUES that concern the electorate – not on what dirt we have on someone. After all, it is our stance on these critical issues that will dictate how we would serve this community.
One such issue is taxation. The reality is that taxes of all kinds – income, business, property – are simply too high.
In fact, it’s the last of those, property taxes, that I believe is going to be the undoing of the Democratic party. It’s these taxes that are so out of control in New Jersey compared to the rest of the country. It defies logic – why anyone would vote for a party that continues to rob the very people they were elected to represent and serve?
As an example, I attended a meeting at a local township council that set to increase property taxes by eight percent. The local council members are all Democrats. From what was said that evening, I was led to believe the council couldn't care less how their decision affected the locals.
And it's not isolated to one community or demographic. In fact, it is our senior population who are feeling the pinch of taxes more and more.
A larger percentage of seniors live on fixed income, and many of these folks have lost control of their budgets. And yet while the federal government claims that inflation is low, it’s critical to remember that inflation stats exclude food and energy – and it’s these are that pinches seniors’ budgets so much.
but taxation is just one issue. The war on jobs, lawless government, administrative incompetence at the federal level – there are just so many other issues to chose from, the list goes on and on. In order to win the General Election in the fall, candidates need to identify the issues that concern voters the most, develop solid strategies to solve those issues and share the solutions with the electorate.
Most people, whether here in New Jersey’s First District or elsewhere across the nation, want to see change for the better. They are sick about hearing about the latest business that has closed or relocated to a lower tax jurisdiction. They are tired of the blight in their communities from neighbors, friends and family members who could no longer afford their homes. They are fed up with hearing about the seniors who cannot make ends meet and fearful of their own upcoming "Golden Years". They are weary of wondering if the government will protect them here at home, especially after seeing what happened in Benghazi when the federal government did not lift a finger to help others, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, as he and his staff were killed and their bodies were drug through the streets.
To these people, mud slinging is just one example of exactly what is wrong with politics. In order to develop trust, we will need to demonstrate our understanding of the concerns facing our friends and neighbors. Working together as Republicans will show the voters that we know how to solve the problems of our district and our great country.