EAST BRUNSWICK – South Plainfield Councilman Rob Bengivenga and financial services professional Lisa Goldhamer announced they will run for State Assembly on a ticket with East Brunswick Mayor and state Senate candidate David Stahl.
“When I was first elected local spending was out of control, small businesses were closing their doors and families and seniors were being straddled with massive increases to their property taxes,” said Bengivenga, a life-long resident of South Plainfield. “I kept my promise to the voters in South Plainfield by cutting spending, promoting small business job growth and lowering property taxes.
“Working together, we instituted the reforms necessary to make our borough a more affordable place to live and do business. Unfortunately, career politicians in Trenton have not kept their end of the bargain. While Pat Diegnan plays politics under the golden dome and blocks efforts to grow jobs and provide middle-class tax relief, families and seniors across our district continue to suffer,” Bengivenga added.
“The tax increases Diegnan and Barnes supported translated into less good-paying jobs and more tough decisions for middle-class families struggling to get by,” said Goldhamer, a mother of two and long-time Edison resident. “While their entrenched political machine was handing out taxpayer-funded jobs to political insiders, I lost mine.”
East Brunswick Mayor David Stahl, who recently joined the Republican Party after being elected to office as a Democrat, feels the diverse backgrounds and accomplishments of his running mates make them uniquely qualified to deal with the challenges New Jersey faces.
“Rob and Lisa have the personal and professional experience to change politics as usual in Trenton and deliver real results for families across our district,” said Stahl. “We know what tough decisions are because we make them every day. Our team will provide the bold leadership we need to kick-start job growth and make our state more affordable.”
New Jersey’s 18th Legislative district is located in Middlesex County and includes the municipalities of East Brunswick, Edison, Helmetta, Highland Park, Metuchen, South Plainfield and South River. It is currently represented in the state Legislature by state Sen. Barbara Buono and Assemblymen Peter Barnes and Patrick Diegnan.
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