Election primer: what CCM Students Need to Know
BY CAROLINE O’BRIEN
Registered New Jersey voters will elect a new governor, 40 state senators, 80 state gen- eral assembly members, and 40 county freeholders during the statewide election Tuesday, Nov. 7.
As incumbent Gov. Chris Christie has reached his term limits, voters will have the chance to elect his replacement in a race between the Democrat- ic candidate Phil Murphy and the Republican candidate Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.
County College of Morris is in New Jersey’s 25th Legislative District; the candidates on the ballot include Anthony Bucco Sr. and Lisa Bhimani for Senate; Michael P. Carroll, Anthony M. Bucco Jr., Thomas Moran, and Richard Corcoran for General Assembly; and Heather Darling and Rozella Clyde for Freehold- er.
All politics begin at the local level; the elected candidates will represent communities through- out New Jersey for the next two to four years. These representatives will decide on laws and budgets that will directly affect New Jersey communities. For ac- curate representation, residents may vote for the candidates with values and ideas similar to their own.
Mark Washburne, an associate professor of history and political science at CCM, said that the results of the gubernatorial election will give the public an idea of the state’s general senti- ments toward state politics as well as federal.
“Pundits will be viewing the outcome of the two governors’ contests as an early test on the success of the Trump Adminis- tration and, in New Jersey, on the popularity of the Christie Ad- ministration, as Gov. Christie’s Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, is the Republican candidate,” Wash- burne said in an email.
Amanda Clark, a business major at CCM and a registered Republican, said she probably won’t vote in the gubernatorial election.
John Aliotta attends CCM for video game design, and he said he will probably register to vote and participate in the elec- tion.
Guadagno is the Republican candidate for governor running with Carlos Rendo as her lieu- tenant governor. Guadagno has been lieutenant governor of New Jersey since 2010. According to her of cial campaign website, she plans to take politics out of transportation funding and pri- oritize projects based on need, congestion relief, safety and economic development. Gua- dagno plans to negotiate a fair
deal to ensure secure retirement for thousands of public work- ers, cut property tax by capping school taxes at 5 percent per annual household income, ex- pand school choices, and reform school funding.
Murphy is the Democratic candidate running with Sheila Oliver as his lieutenant governor. According to the candidate’s’ of- cial website, Murphy has spent his career learning how econo- mies grow and has many plans for New Jersey, including invest- ments in infrastructure to create new jobs and stronger, equal- ized wages; create public banks for small business investments; make college more affordable; fund women’s health programs; change ineffective tax breaks that only bene t large corpora- tions; property tax relief that starts with fully funding public schools; and reform New Jer- sey’s criminal justice system, in- cluding legalization of marijuana to bring in new revenues.
Seth Kaper-Dale is a Green Party progressive running with Lisa Durden as his lieutenant governor. According to his cam- paign website, Kaper-Dale plans to create new income tax brackets to increase contribution from millionaires, decrease property tax, lower college costs, save state pensions, and allow single- payer Medicare to save money. He plans to open public banks to extend credit toward clean water, transportation infrastructure, and low-interest student loans. He promotes sanctuary cities, equal pay, minimum wage of $15 per hour and fully funding public education with increased child care and after-school programs. Kaper-Dale also promotes renewable energy, plans to halt fossil fuel pipeline expansion and confront polluters harming poor communities. He plans to reform the criminal justice system by legalizing marijuana, eliminating racial disparity, ending mandatory sentencing minimums upon incarceration, providing the imprisoned with decent labor wages, and giving the imprisoned the right to vote.
Peter J. Rohrman is a Libertarian candidate running with Karrese Laguerre as his lieutenant governor. Rohrman’s campaign website explains that his “Fiscal Democracy” plan will eliminate property tax, gas tax, sales tax, vehicle registration fees, and limit income tax to 10 percent, allowing individuals to choose the government programs their tax payments will fund. He advocates voucher programs to allow municipalities to cut their educational costs in half while improving education and giving parents a choice of where their child attends school. Rohrman plans to legalize marijuana with- out need of government permits or additional taxes, and anticipates the use of executive power to reduce the drinking, smoking,
and gambling ages to 18.
Gina Genovese is an independent candidate for governor running with Darel Stroud as her lieutenant governor. According to her website, Genovese plans to reduce property taxes by 15 percent, review pension management fees and seek better op- tions, build on our educational and business partnerships to stimulate growth, build new af- fordable housing units by 2022, and protect the environment.
Matthew Riccardi of the Constitution Party pledges to maintain the highest ethical standards. His main goal is to restore trust and integrity to the gover- nor’s of ce. According to his website, he promises to conduct a thorough review of every department under the authority of the governor and audit the state government starting with the Executive Branch. Those who abuse funds will be expelled from their positions and judicial proceedings. He will also veto any legislation that increases state spending or debt.
Vincent Ross of the We the People Party will be running with April A. Johnson as his lieutenant governor. He aspires to represent the working people of New Jersey.
Lisa Bhimani is the Demo- cratic candidate for senator, running a joint campaign with Democratic general assembly candidates Richard Corcoran and Thomas Moran. Their of- cial website focuses on issues such as women’s continued struggle against discrimination and resistance to equal pay for equal work. They also plan to take steps to make gun owner- ship safer, and continue to ght for affordable, universal health care for all residents.
Anthony Bucco Sr., the Re- publican incumbent, was elected to the chamber in 1997. Bucco is running for re-election in a joint campaign with Anthony M. Bucco Jr. and Michael P Carroll. Bucco Sr. has been involved with the New Jersey Labor Commit- tee, Joint Budget and Oversight Committee and the Budget and Appropriations committee.
General Assembly candidates
Anthony M. Bucco Jr. a Re- publican candidate from Boon- ton, was elected to the Chamber in 2009. Since then, he has served on the Committee of Commerce and Economic Development and the Budget Committee.
Michael Patrick Carroll, Re- publican incumbent from Mor- ris Plains, was elected to the Chamber in 1995. He earned his Bachelor of arts in history and political science from Johns Hopkins University and his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law. Since 1995 he has served on ve committees including Judiciary, Law and Public Safety; State and Local Government; Joint Committee on Housing; and the Affordability Committee. He also has experience as an adjunct professor at the County College of Morris.
Thomas Moran, a Demo- cratic candidate from Randolph, earned his Master’s Degrees from Columbia University and Montclair State University. He believes economic growth must be coupled with conserving re- sources and safeguarding the environment. He believes that the best way to make lives better is to grow the economy by developing a skilled workforce through elementary, secondary, and university education.
Richard Corcoran, a Democratic candidate from Boonton, is a certified public accountant, holding additional accreditation in business valuation. He notices that the state needs elected officials who understand the duciary responsibility, not only for today’s residents, but for the future residents as well.
County Freeholder candidates
Heather Darling, is the Republican candidate for freeholder and a self-proclaimed “conservative businesswoman.” She has volunteered with the Morris County Housing Partnership and the County College of Morris Women’s Center. According to her campaign website, Darling would like to see programs at County College of Morris and Morris County School of Technology that provide a viable la- bor force for both small and large business in Morris County.
Dr. Rozella Clyde is the Democratic candidate for free- holder. She is a dedicated leader who spent over 40 years as a social studies teacher. Accord- ing to her website, she plans to sustain the economy through fair labor policies, affordable housing, safe havens for refugees and
immigrants, placing emphasis on locally owned businesses, and creating job fairs at high schools and CCM.
Voters will also be responsible for answering yes or no on two public questions. The first question grants bonds for public libraries; voting “yes” on this question supports authorizing the state to issue $125 million in bonds to provide grants to public libraries. The state librarian would develop the eligibility criteria for libraries to receive grants covering 50 percent of the cost of projects. The other 50 percent would be provided by a library’s local government and private donors. A “no” vote op- poses the authorization of said bonds.
Public Question Two is a motion to dedicate revenue from environmental damage lawsuits to environmental projects. To vote “yes” supports the use of state revenue from legal settlements related to natural resource damages in cases of environmental contamination toward repairing, restoring, replacing, and protecting natural resources and paying the costs of pursuing said settlements. Voting “no” indicates opposition to this amendment and allows the current revenue from these lawsuits to continue to be used for any state purpose; a large portion of this revenue has already been used to balance the state budget.
Residents have the ability to direct the government through elected of officials. With many controversial policies arising, participation in elections is increasingly important. Registering to vote is quick and easy when you visit this link: http://www.state. nj.us/state/elections/form_pdf/ voter-regis-forms/68-voter-reg- istration-english.pdf.