8th Legislative District
NOV 3, 2011.
1 seat — 2 years
Note: Democrat Carl Lewis was removed from the ballot
Uncontested candidates were not asked for biographical information or to answer questions.
2 seats — 2 years
1. What actions should the Legislature take to help improve New Jersey’s economy and reduce unemployment?
2. What actions should the Legislature take to help control or reduce property taxes?
Pamela A. Finnerty
Age: Not given
Education: BA, marketing, Ohio University; Rutgers certification, Powers and Duties for Municipal Governing Body; Rutgers certification, Ethics for Elected Officials
Job: Waterford committeewoman; RSM McGladrey; information technology consulting, CRM Consulting
1. Direct infrastructure investment is the best tool that state government has to produce jobs now. New Jersey would benefit from major capital investments in transportation, communications networks, school construction and maintenance projects. We also need to reward businesses that hire, incentivize private investment, and support industries vital to future growth.
2. Statutory caps on the growth of property tax rates force municipal officials to make the tough decisions needed to reduce the drivers of municipal government spending. I support shared services at the regional and county level. I’m also for linking municipal and school aid to the implementation of shared services.
Age: Not given
Education: BS, business education, The College of New Jersey; MA, economics, Prairie View University
Job: Lumberton committeewoman
1. I am in favor of increasing infrastructure investment that will create many jobs that cannot be outsourced, which reduces congestion on our roads and communications networks. New Jersey should utilize our public schools to implement vocational training that prepares the next generation of workers.
2. Caps on the growth of property tax rates contribute to a climate that forces elected officials to address ways of reducing the long-term drivers of local spending. I am for increasing the use of shared services at a county and regional level.
Education: BA, The College of New Jersey
Job: Small-business owner
1. As a small-business owner, I know that the costs and regulations placed on businesses, from payroll taxes to health care costs, can be daunting. The Legislature needs to take action to ease these burdens to promote job creation, not stifle it.
2. Local governments should be given every tool possible, no matter how large or small, to rein in costs and reduce taxes. Civil service reform, sick leave reform, unfunded mandate relief, and collective bargaining reform need to be addressed if families are ever going to see real relief.
Scott Rudder (I)
Education: BA, West Virginia University
Job: Manager of business development, Lockheed Martin; Legislator
1. The Legislature needs to continue to ease the stranglehold that has been placed on businesses through overburdensome fees and regulations. Cutting through the red tape can be a formidable process for businesses; re-establishing a friendly business environment will allow more incentive for expansion and job creation.
2. In spring 2010, the governor and Republicans in the Legislature championed a comprehensive 33-point property tax reform plan — the “tool kit.” To date, the Democrats in both the Assembly and Senate have refused to act on 26 of them. Taxpayers deserve more than empty promises.
Robert Edward Forchion Jr. (“NJWeedman.com”)
Party: Legalize Marijuana Party
Residence: Pemberton Township
Education: Not given
Job: Marijuana provider and marijuana collective owner in Los Angeles
1. Legalize, tax and regulate marijuana. Hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans use marijuana every day; many of us are begging to be taxed. (Taxation instead of incarceration.) The state could raise billions of dollars off the legal marijuana business and save millions by not incarcerating marijuana users.
2. Again, legalize, tax and regulate marijuana. Each municipality could utilize the millions generated by the taxing of marijuana to pay for essential services and equipment, and to offset the impact on the average property owner and family.