AARP New Jersey and its members are calling for transparency from State Assembly and Senate candidates in the upcoming elections. The Association asked all candidates to respond to a questionnaire on issues important to AARP members and all New Jerseyans. The responses will be published in the AARP New Jersey Voters Guide in an effort to help New Jersey voters make informed decisions on November 8.
Issues critical to voters include utility regulation, funding for long-term care services, property tax relief and health care reform.
As of now, not all candidates responded. AARP sent out the web-based questionnaire over two months ago, giving candidates ample time to reply, with frequent reminders of how important the guide is to their district’s voters.
There are 1.3 million members of AARP in New Jersey with tens of thousands of voters in each legislative district. Voter turnout for the 2010 election was at 70 percent for the 50+ demographic. These numbers show that candidates should take this questionnaire seriously.
Many legislative leaders, Senate president Steve Sweeney and Deputy Minority Leader Diane B. Allen for example, already took the time to fill out the form. So what makes other candidates think an organization representing so many voters is not worth their time?
Mount Laurel, NJ
AARP New Jersey Intern
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