Our coverage of New Jersey's primary next Tuesday, in which one Senator and all twelve members of the House of Representatives will be elected, continues with candidates for House of Representatives in Legislative District 11. For other coverage see the index here, which will be expanded as articles are added.
District 11 contains most of Morris County, southeastern Passaic County (but not Patterson), western Essex County, and southeastern Sussex County.
The incumbent, Republican Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, is considered more moderate than the party in general. He wants to cut taxes and curb the national debt, and create jobs. Although he supports health care reform, he opposes Obamacare. A Vietnam veteran, he supports strong military, security, and veterans programs. He believes that all levels of government should work together to promote solid education, particularly in math, science, and technology. He has held the seat since 1995.
He is challenged in the primary by Rick Van Glahn, a conservative who wants to end deficit spending with a balanced budget amendment, reduce spending to 2007 levels, review all federal programs, and repeal Obamacare. He would also fight to enforce current immigration laws and secure borders. Styling himself "a citizen servant, not a career politician", he supports term limits and wants all laws imposed on American citizens generally to apply equally to Congress and congressional staff. He is strongly pro-life and pro-guns.
Three democrats are running for the opportunity to challenge in the fall. Lee Anne Brogowski describes herself as a Libertarian Democrat, who would get government out of our lives, promote universal equality, legalize marijuana and prostitution, and fight against the money-driven electoral system. She wants a flat income tax with a complete exemption on the first thirty thousand dollars (and the first ten thousand dollars for each child).
Mark Dunec has posted extensive policy positions, running as a "professional problem solver" particularly in the financial realm. He supports LGBT policies and abortion, wants to amend but retain Obamacare, tighten enforcement of gun laws, and pressure the United Nations to make changes to better protect human rights around the world.
Brian Murphy completes the field. New to politics, he is rejecting campaign contributions from lobbyists because he believes corporate money damages the system. He wants to focus on job creation and the restoration of infrastructure, and education particularly in vocational training. He sees corruption as a major issue, driven by campaign contributions, which he would revamp so that all contributions are anonymous. He also has some innovative tax reform proposals, most of which target corporations but some of which are geared to create jobs.
We will have more news on the election as it becomes available.