As a 36-year-old public school teacher, it is hard to listen to our Governor and his allies denigrating NJ’s hard working public employees.  Christie supporters and entrenched incumbents Amy Handlin and Declan O’Scanlon demonstrate no understanding of the difficulties the middle class is facing in District 13 and they have refused to take responsibility for the damage wrought by their failed policies. 

The signature piece of property tax legislation that Handlin and O’Scanlon often tout has led to net property taxes increasing 20.3%, and the pension and benefits reform they are so proud of has only exacerbated the system’s problems.  Also, NJ’s middle class shrunk by 8%, income inequality grew, and NJ saw the largest rise in poverty and child poverty in the nation. 

If you live in District 13, ask the Handlin and O’Scanlon team for their views on equal pay for women, funding for newborn healthcare, sensible gun control, raising the minimum wage, or protecting the environment.  Ask why they're not fighting 24/7 to help every displaced Sandy victim get back home.  If you are sick of the status quo, use your voice on November 3rd to support a middle-class candidate from Hazlet who is fighting, just like you, to afford to live in New Jersey.

 

Tom Herman
Hazlet, NJ

Candidate for General Assembly
District 13