As longtime residents of this district, we are acutely aware of the economic challenges facing families, which is why lowering the costs of eldercare and childcare is among our top priorities. We are also running to improve infrastructure and protect common sense gun safety, reproductive choice, the environment, and public schools.
The costs of childcare and eldercare are burdensome for New Jerseyans. Our families need access to better supportive services, both for their children and for the older generation. We must rethink the role of caregiving and incentivize businesses to accommodate the needs of caregivers with flex-hours, work-from-home options, and onsite childcare. Centering safety and affordability as the major concerns, we need improved standards for elder care ensuring that our loved ones are able to live out their senior years in comfort and dignity.
Lawmakers in Trenton must find ways to make childcare more affordable and available to families. Further, as New Jersey’s population of older adults is expected to more than double before 2040, we must prioritize affordable at home and short and long-term care for our seniors.
Those of us who commute on the interstates or rail lines that cross the landscape of our District know firsthand that our return on investment is not what it could be, especially considering that New Jersey routinely ranks low in terms of its infrastructure. Our roads and bridges are crumbling, even in the wake of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. We need sustained funding, investment in NJ Transit, and station upgrades. New Jersey must support municipalities to add more public charging stations and ensure that roads, bridges, and pedestrian walkways are safe. Our leaders should use federal, state, and local funding without adding to the public tax burden.
As the Supreme Court has allowed states throughout our country to erode healthcare rights, New Jerseyans have the right to make their own decisions about birth control, abortion, and prenatal care. We must make sure that we send representation to Trenton who will protect the right to choose as well as prioritize maternal health.
We must anticipate the imminent impact of climate change, as it is already at our doorstep with increasing natural disasters. The state legislature must support Governor Murphy's commitment to clean energy. We must also focus on providing more public transportation throughout our state, particularly electrified buses and light rail and do so in a way that promotes environmental justice. We will advocate for a dedicated funding source for NJ Transit and to fully fund and safeguard the Clean Energy Fund and the NJDEP.
New Jersey has some of the safest common sense gun laws in the country – and one of the lowest rates of gun violence. This is no coincidence.
We vow to keep New Jersey among the safest places in the nation for our families with common-sense legislation for safe and responsible gun ownership.
New Jersey has some of the best schools in the country, so we must protect educational professionals and librarians from individuals who should not be making decisions for other people’s children. While parents have the right to choose what is right for their children, they do not have the right to impose censorship on our schools and libraries. Our children deserve the freedom to learn and our teachers deserve the freedom to teach.
New Jersey is one of the safest, most accepting states in the country for our LGBTQ+ youth. Laws and policies exist at multiple levels to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. Four out of ten books on banned lists nationwide deal with LGBTQ+ identity, creating internalized shame and compromising the safety for LGBTQ+ youth, who often feel isolated and are already at a higher risk of self-harm. Let’s keep these kids safe.