Tennent, NJ - I love New Jersey. My family has lived here for four generations. Unfortunately, New Jersey has become a difficult place to live for anyone other than the extremely wealthy. It doesn’t have to be this way.
In my town the average homeowner will pay nearly $150,000 in property taxes over the next 10 years. This fact represents a serious failure of public policy. A community should be more than a school district where its graduates can’t even afford to live.
Middle class families are fleeing New Jersey for a reason. It isn’t because taxes are too low and government is too small. Rather, the Garden State is an object lesson for the problems inherent in unlimited government. Corruption is rampant. Spending and debt are out of control. Economic growth is stagnant. Our business and tax climates are among the worst in America.
It’s easy to blame the politicians for getting us into this mess. As the ongoing crises over public pensions painfully demonstrates, promises were made that will be nearly impossible to keep. Certainly both major parties have been complicit in the irresponsible fiscal behavior that helped New Jersey earn the third-lowest credit rating in America. However, the real explanation for how we got here is a bit more complex.
The truth is the politicians merely told us what we wanted to hear. It was convenient for us as citizens to believe we could defer our moral and civic responsibilities to a benevolent State government. This was a naïve.
Cutting taxes and spending will require painful adjustments for powerful special interest groups, but this is the only way forward. I don’t want to leave New Jersey. I want to help fix it for future generations. Let’s make reasonable compromises now so our children won’t have to make excessive sacrifices later.
The NJ Libertarian Party was founded in 1972. There are 7,794 registered Libertarian voters in New Jersey. Of the Top 3 political parties, only the Libertarian Party believes that all individuals have the right to exercise sole control over their lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the rights of others to live as they choose.
Patrick McKnight, Chair
New Jersey Libertarian Party