New Jersey has suffered a long eight years with Chris Christie as Governor. Two months after being re-elected, Christie’s minions showed NJ how little regard he had for our lives when he shut down the George Washington Bridge, a.k.a. Bridgegate, causing not only major traffic jams, but a delay in emergency response times, which resulted in a death.
Then to bookend his illustrious tenure, due to a government shutdown, he closed the state parks and beaches over July 4th weekend to everyone but himself and his family. At a news conference regarding the shutdown, a reporter asked the governor if he, “got any sun that day,” which he quickly denied. Shortly afterward, an aerial photograph started circulating of Christie and family enjoying the private beach, toes in the sand. His spokesperson responded, “He did not get any sun. He had a baseball hat on.” This resulted in a bevy of memes being made with Christie at the forefront and the butt of the joke. Don’t mess with New Jersey!
But why look back? A friend of mine once said, “You can look back, just don’t stare.” So now is the time for the Democrats to take back the Governor’s office and show the GOP how much power they don’t have. Phil Murphy is the Democratic nominee who says he supports raising the minimum wage from $8.38 to $15.00 an hour. He promises to increase funding to the public schools, and to lower college education costs. Murphy also has promised to advance policies that help women maintain employment, earn equal pay for equal work, and he is down with legalizing “420” recreationally. Now you know who has my vote.
In most elections, we have to choose between bad and worse, but with this election, this doesn’t seem to be the case. To find out more about the issues that you care about, see Jay Lassiter’s article in Out In Jersey magazine on page 12.
Phil Murphy’s republican opponent is Kim Guadagno, and though she worked under Christie as New Jersey’s first Lieutenant Governor, you can’t hold that against her — too much. For Republicans, she is a good candidate. She promises to, “take politics out of transportation funding, lower property taxes, and make New Jersey more military and veteran-friendly.” However, on her campaigns website, I could find no mention of LGBT rights or recreational marijuana legalization.
Gina Genovese is one of many independent candidates, and has promised to reduce property taxes, something that every homeowner needs. Genovese has said, “I’ve spent the last eight years working around the state with local officials, so my experience has made me realize we can reduce property taxes by 15%.” To read more about Genovese, go to J.L. Gaynor’s article in Out In Jersey magazine on page 14.
Like every election, this election is important. The 2017 election for the Governor of New Jersey will take place on November 7, 2017. Please be sure to get out and vote; this is our time to take the Governor’s seat back. It’s now or never!
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