STATE—Chris Daggett, the independent candidate for governor who earned a doctorate in education at the University of Massachusetts and held top environmental protection posts in the Kean and Reagan administrations, has issued a “New Jersey Voter Declaration of Independence” to show why he is the only qualified candidate in the race.
The independent candidate is asking New Jersey voters to endorse his declaration by signing it online.
New Jersey Voter Declaration of Independence
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with the two major political parties and assume the power and responsibility to make up their own minds on who should lead, it is important that they declare the reasons for such a decision.
The recent history of the two parties in New Jersey is a sad litany of politicians putting their political interests ahead of the public welfare, of putting special interests ahead of the public good.
The Democratic and Republican parties have refused to work together to reach consensus on how to solve the most pressing problems facing New Jersey. They would rather make political points than point the state in the right direction.
They lurch from election to election, with their principal goal being to keep power or gain legislative seats, rather than to govern by making hard choices on important issues.
They have brought New Jersey to the verge of bankruptcy by building up 130 billion in outstanding pension and health care liabilities and debt with no plan to pay for it. They built up most of this debt without the consent of the governed, despite a clear constitutional requirement to do so.
They have driven people away from New Jersey by imposing onerous state taxes on top of ruinous property taxes.
They have failed to tackle the underlying cost drivers of ever-rising employee salary, pension and health care costs that push up property taxes because they fear taking on the interest groups who benefit from that system.
They divide when they should unite. They pit the interests of seniors against families, cities against suburbs, environmentalists against business.
They build up political patronage machines that waste taxpayer dollars, put the interests of the education establishment ahead of schoolchildren, and invoke the mantra of home rule to protect their salaries and fiefdoms.
They fail to improve the quality of government services, and accept layers of regulation that discourage businesses from creating jobs.
They have abdicated responsibility for making the tough decisions necessary for the future prosperity, competitiveness, and affordability of our state.
We therefore declare ourselves to be free and independent voters, and forsake blind allegiance to the political parties that have put their interests ahead of our own.
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