The Issues: Revitalizing Our Neighborhoods

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K-12 Education

  1. Universal, High Quality Pre-K
  2. Universal Middle School After-School Programs
  3. Increased Funding for Community Schools And Wraparound Services
  • Fully fund the 2008 SFRA School Funding Formula and fix underfunding of special needs students
  • Implement systems of transparency, accountability and local input for charter schools
  • End the PARCC high school graduation requirement, which disproportionately burdens schools serving high-need populations

Reproductive Justice

  • Restore funding cut by Chris Christie to Planned Parenthood and other Reproductive Healthcare Organizations
  • Support bodily autonomy and a woman’s right to choose
  • Fight to ensure that all people have access to affordable healthcare
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Energy and the Environment

  • Undertake immediate government action to fight against climate change
  • Repeal Executive Order 2 so that New Jersey can return to being an environmental leader
  • Publicly invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency
  • Restore funds to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
  • Reopen the Office of Climate Change
  • Rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)
  • Ensure that corporate polluters are held accountable
  • Stop the diversion of funds from The Clean Energy Funds and DEP to fill budget holes
  • Fund renewable energy research
  • Complete the Offshore Renewable Energy Certificate Program
  • Ban fracking in New Jersey indefinitely
  • Institute a moratorium on new pipelines and conduct thorough environmental reviews of all pipelines
  • Release the 2012 Water Supply Master Plan and support work to update it
  • Ensure advisory and regulatory boards meet regularly
  • Invest in repairing New Jersey’s water pipes
  • Update drinking water standards and strengthen regulations for dangerous chemicals in water
  • Restore funding to the Lead Hazard Abatement Fund and the Lead Hazard Control Assistance Fund
  • Protect environmentally sensitive areas and their aquifers
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Immigration

  • Work with the federal government and state legislature to protect those in Muslim, refugee, and immigrant communities who call New Jersey home
  • Create an Immigration Council to protect New Jersey’s immigrant communities
  • Provide driver’s licenses and other forms of identification to all residents, regardless of immigration status
  • Grant access to student financial aid, regardless of immigration status
  • Protect funding for municipalities that are considering becoming a sanctuary city

Housing

  • Create tax credits for affordable, mixed-income housing development
  • Ban donations that allow developers to opt-out of creating affordable units
  • Increase funding for rental assistance programs
  • Create Millennial-Targeted housing initiatives
  • Implement strong tenant protection laws
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LGBTQ Issues and Record

  • Ensure schools are safe spaces for all students
  • Tackle transgender discrimination and strengthen anti-discrimination enforcement
  • Protect LGBTQ seniors
  • Ensure LGBTQ citizens have access to the health services they need
  • Jim has supported Presbyterian Welcome, which successfully advocated for the ordination of LGBTQ clergy in the Presbyterian Church USA
  • Jim’s agents led the investigation into the bombing of the Otherside Lounge, an LGBTQ bar
  • Jim has worked closely with Lamda Legal to protect the rights of LGBTQ youths
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Higher Education

  • Free Community College for 2 Years for students from families with incomes below $90,000
  • A New Jersey Promise Program that gives first generation college students and students from poverty an opportunity to go to college and supports them throughout
  • A New Jersey Public Service program that:
  • Give families the information they need on student loans and end predatory loan practices
  • Fund vocational and technical education options to provide different pathways to success and meet economic needs
  • Increase funding to state colleges and universities to stem the tide of tuition increases
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A worker stands as he looks at a wind turbine used to generate electricity, at a wind farm in Guazhou, 950km (590 miles) northwest of Lanzhou, Gansu Province September 15, 2013. China is pumping investment into wind power, which is more cost-competitive than solar energy and partly able to compete with coal and gas. China is the world's biggest producer of CO2 emissions, but is also the world's leading generator of renewable electricity. Environmental issues will be under the spotlight during a working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which will meet in Stockholm from September 23-26. Picture taken September 15, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria  (CHINA - Tags: ENERGY BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT) - RTX13UEA

Healthcare

  • Fight against the Trump Administration’s threat to repeal the ACA and strip New Jerseyans of their healthcare
  • Stand up to anyone who attempts to cut Medicaid benefits or change the character of the Medicaid program
  • Enact legislation to cap staffing ratios so patients get the care they need
  • Reduce prescription drug prices by mandating transparency in pharmaceutical pricing, provider-supplier relationships, and CEO and executive compensation
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Crime, Judiciary, and Law Enforcement

  • Implement community-based policing approaches that invests in the prevention of youth violence as opposed to increased penalties
  • Require outside special prosecutors for police involved shootings  
  • Strengthen background check laws
  • Support reintegration efforts for ex-offenders, including education and job training
  • Reform the practice of civil asset forfeiture
  • Prioritize resources to combat violent crime
  • Reduce unnecessary incarceration and end mandatory minimums
  • Increase mental health and drug treatment
  • Preserve and expand programs that end the school-to-prison pipeline and reduce recidivism
  • Legalize marijuana in safe and regulated manner
  • Ban private prisons

Civil Liberties and Human Rights

  • Uphold Roe v. Wade and protect safe and legal access to abortion
  • Restore family planning funding
  • Ensure funding for Planned Parenthood

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