Our political system is broken. According to a recent Princeton University study, the preferences of the average American have an insignificant impact upon public policy. Meanwhile, in the last 5 years alone, the 200 most politically active companies in the U.S. spent $5.8 billion influencing our government with lobbying and campaign contributions. Those same companies got $4.4 trillion in taxpayer support – earning a return of 750 times their investment.
In NJ, we have the highest property taxes in the nation, but we’re still unable to cover our pension and school funding obligations. Young people and retirees are leaving because it’s too expensive. And yet, our political system favors incumbents who clearly are not solving our problems. In the primary earlier this month, not one incumbent lost to a challenger.
As a political outsider, I will be an effective proponent for reforming our political system:
- Fix our broken elections by ending gerrymandering to ensure accurate representation for all voters, regardless of political party.
- Change how elections are funded by making it illegal for politicians to take money from lobbyists.
- Prohibit top elected officials and senior staff from selling their government power for high-paying lobbing jobs.
- End dark money in politics by calling for an immediate disclosure of campaign fundraising and spending online for easy access to the public and ensuring that donors cannot hide behind secret-money groups.