State of New Jersey Archives: on Government Reform


Jeff Bell: Higher campaign contributions will help non-incumbents

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Stricter limits on political campaign funds"?

A: Oppose. The $2,600 limit on individual contributions should be increased to allow for non-incumbents without a pre-existing donor base to have a more realistic opportunity to run for federal office.

Source: Email interview for 2014 N.J. Senate race with OnTheIssues Jul 1, 2014

Murray Sabrin: Government that governs least governs best

A Sabrin-Booker U.S. Senate race will give voters in New Jersey--and around the country--an opportunity to hear two distinct visions for America: My views are that a government that governs least governs best, that you should keep more of your hard earned money, that your privacy must not be trampled by the federal government, that federal government spending must be reduced and that healthcare is too important to be managed by government bureaucrats, that the Federal Reserve should no longer manipulate interest rates and debase our money, and that we should not--I repeat, must not--be the world's policeman. This is in contrast to Cory Booker, who supports
  1. a bigger welfare state
  2. the federal government's gross violations of our civil liberties
  3. the health care nightmare known as ObamaCare
  4. the Federal Reserve's Wall Street bailouts and crony capitalism and
  5. a foreign policy based on nation building (the permanent security state/ permanent war).
Source: Sabrin Op-Ed in PolitickerNJ: on 2014 N.J. Senate race Feb 23, 2014

Chris Christie: Consolidate duplicative town governments into single towns

We have worked with the Senate to try to pass real consolidation and civil service reform. We haven't gotten it done in the Assembly. [We should] provide local government with the authority to run their governments like a business: consolidate, share services, cut duplication and ultimately actually reduce property taxes.

Look at what happened last year in Princeton. Princeton Borough and Princeton Township consolidated into a single government. Not two tax departments, two police forces, two offices answering the phone. The savings in one year: $3 million. That's on a budget of $64 million, a 4.7% savings. And the citizens of Princeton got this: more services, despite a smaller budget, and a reduction in municipal taxes.

This is not just my opinion--the local Reorganization & Consolidation Commission said that civil service seniority rules topped the list of barriers to shared services. Let's help our towns clear away arcane rules that stand between them and lower property taxes.

Source: 2014 State of the State address to N.J. Legislature Jan 14, 2014

Barbara Buono: Making voting more difficult does not win elections

Gov. Christie vetoed a bill that would allow early voting at polling places, calling a proposal to let voters cast ballots at designated polling places during a 15-day period before Election Day "hasty, counterproductive and less reliable" than the current system. "I support responsible and cost-efficient election reform that increases voter participation because democracy works best when the most people vote," Christie said in the veto message. "But this bill risks the integrity and orderly administration of our elections by introducing a new voting method and process."

Christie, who is seeking re-election, raised the ire of unions and the Democratic Governors Association, who are backing his likely opponent, state Sen. Barbara Buono. "Governor Christie's veto is yet another example of Republican politicians taking the cynical view that making voting more difficult will win them more elections," Buono said.

Source: Newark Star Ledger on 2013 N.J. governor debates May 9, 2013

Chris Christie: Vetoes expanded early-voting system; no side-by-side systems

Christie vetoed a bill that would allow early voting at polling places, calling a proposal to let voters cast ballots at designated polling places during a 15-day period before Election Day "hasty, counterproductive and less reliable" than the current system. "I support responsible and cost-efficient election reform that increases voter participation because democracy works best when the most people vote," Christie said in the veto message. "But this bill risks the integrity and orderly administration of our elections by introducing a new voting method and process."

Christie said the expanded early voting system envisioned by the Legislature would create a side-by-side voting process, noting it would cost the state $23 million in the first year and $2 million each year after that. He also questioned the security of transporting paper ballots around the state during the early voting period and the call for a quick setup before July 1.

Source: Newark Star Ledger on 2013 N.J. governor debates May 9, 2013

Joe Kyrillos: Cut spending, taxes and job-killing regulations

The federal government should follow Trenton's example, Kyrillos said, by cutting spending, taxes and "job-killing regulations."

"We're making all the wrong decisions in Washington, D.C.," he said.

Menendez emphasized his efforts to help the middle class grow and prosper, listing New Jersey's biotechnology and solar industries as areas that he helped to promote.

Both candidates indicated that failing to avoid the impending "fiscal cliff"--a set of large spending cuts and tax increases set to take effect in January unless Congress takes action--would be unacceptable.

Menendez promised Congress would find a way to meet this challenge. "There will be no tax increases on New Jerseyans or Americans in January," he said.

Kyrillos attacked Menendez and the Congress for waiting until the last minute to respond. "I'm not sure he understands what's at stake. I can't believe that they allow the uncertainty to exist out there," Kyrillos said. "Why can't they get their act together?"

Source: The Bergen Record on 2012 N.J. Senate debate Oct 14, 2012

Chris Christie: 10-point plan to punish criminal officeholders

Unveiling a 10-point plan he said would punish criminal officeholders and cut down on conflicts of interest, Christie blamed Corzine's "failure of leadership" for allowing corruption to fester. He said the governor has put politics ahead of principles an failed to implement strong ethics laws that Corzine himself campaigned on in 2005. "If the governor had the will to lead, some of the things on this list would be done," Christie said. "He always feels great despair after people are arrested, and he's willing to stand up and fight--and then the minute the political bosses and his patrons in the Legislature push back, he falls back on his back."

Corzine's campaign hit back with the latest in a series of television advertisements designed to undermine Christie's own ethics. The ad highlights Christie's past as a fundraiser for former President George W. Bush, who appointed Christie as US Attorney. The ad labels that pay-to-play, a practice Christie and Corzine have pledged to crack down on.

Source: Newark Star-Ledger coverage: 2009 N.J. gubernatorial debates Aug 5, 2009

Jon Corzine: Crack down on "pay-to-play"

Unveiling a 10-point plan he said would punish criminal officeholders and cut down on conflicts of interest, Christie blamed Corzine's "failure of leadership" for allowing corruption to fester. He said the governor has put politics ahead of principles an failed to implement strong ethics laws that Corzine himself campaigned on in 2005. "If the governor had the will to lead, some of the things on this list would be done," Christie said. "He always feels great despair after people are arrested, and he's willing to stand up and fight--and then the minute the political bosses and his patrons in the Legislature push back, he falls back on his back."

Corzine's campaign hit back with the latest in a series of television advertisements designed to undermine Christie's own ethics. The ad highlights Christie's past as a fundraiser for former President George W. Bush, who appointed Christie as US Attorney. The ad labels that pay-to-play, a practice Christie and Corzine have pledged to crack down on.

Source: Newark Star-Ledger coverage: 2009 N.J. gubernatorial debates Aug 5, 2009

Joe Pennacchio: Limit all types of contributions, but not spending

Q: Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates: Individual?

A: Yes.

Q: PAC?

A: Yes.

Q: ?

A: Yes.

Q: Corporate?

A: Yes.

Q: Political Parties?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information??

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns? ?

A: No.

Source: N.J. Gubernatorial 2007-2008 Political Courage Test Nov 2, 2007

Robert Menendez: Keep the Senate filibuster rules, to encourage debate

Q: Do you think there should be a change in the Senate rules governing the filibuster?

KEAN: No. Negotiation and compromise under the current rules are the best means to success and promotes bipartisan solutions to our nationís challenges.

MENENDEZ: Under Bush, Washington has become too partisan and divided. Senate rules are meant to overcome that by encouraging debate and compromise. They should be preserved.

Source: Hall Institute N.J. Senate Virtual Debate (X-ref Kean) Sep 24, 2006

Robert Menendez: Allow dual-office holding for politicians, if voters choose

Q: Should public officials in New Jersey be allowed to hold more than one public office?

KEAN: I sponsored legislation to prohibit dual-office holding. It undermines the integrity and honesty of government. Regrettably, Bob Menendez was a dual-office holder.

MENENDEZ: Voters have the final say in who represents them in government. If the electorate votes you into office, that is the will of the electorate.

Source: Hall Institute N.J. Senate Virtual Debate (X-ref Kean) Sep 24, 2006

Thomas Kean Jr.: Keep the Senate filibuster rules, to encourage negotiation

Q: Do you think there should be a change in the Senate rules governing the filibuster?

KEAN: No. Negotiation and compromise under the current rules are the best means to success and promotes bipartisan solutions to our nationís challenges.

MENENDEZ: Under Bush, Washington has become too partisan and divided. Senate rules are meant to overcome that by encouraging debate and compromise. They should be preserved.

Source: Hall Institute N.J. Senate Virtual Debate Sep 24, 2006

Thomas Kean Jr.: Disallow dual-office holding for politicians

Q: Should public officials in New Jersey be allowed to hold more than one public office?

KEAN: I sponsored legislation to prohibit dual-office holding. It undermines the integrity and honesty of government. Regrettably, Bob Menendez was a dual-office holder.

MENENDEZ: Voters have the final say in who represents them in government. If the electorate votes you into office, that is the will of the electorate.

Source: Hall Institute N.J. Senate Virtual Debate Sep 24, 2006

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