Former Long Hill mayor announces bid for governor

Former Long Hill mayor announces bid for governor

LONG HILL - The former mayor of this township has announced her bid for the governor's office.

Gina Genovese served as mayor of Long Hill in Morris County, first elected to the position in 2006, before unsuccessfully running for the state Senate. She also is the founder of Courage to Connect NJ, a nonprofit that advocates for a more efficiently run government with the goal of lowering property taxes. She is running as an Independent.

“I am running for governor to speak to and represent the over 50 percent of residents struggling to pay their property taxes. I am running for governor this year to force this conversation with the other candidates," said Genovese, who is openly gay, according to her campaign's website. "We need clear, actionable solutions for our state. We cannot afford another four years of inaction."

In her work with Courage to Connect NJ, Genovese supported the Princetons’ municipal consolidation, helped the South Hunterdon School District combine four school districts into a single regional district and created legislation to facilitate the municipal consolidation process, according to the news release announcing her gubernatorial bid.

Genovese, who was a professional tennis player, according to her website, is also the owner of Gina's Tennis World in Berkeley Heights.

She believes that there isn't just one solution to the "state's property tax crisis."

"It will take a comprehensive, multifaceted approach to reduce our taxes and put our state back on a path to fiscal health. New Jersey needs a candidate who is not afraid to tackle the issue of property tax reduction and is not handcuffed by partisan political bosses," she said. "I am that candidate."

Staff Writer Nick Muscavage: 908-243-6615; ngmuscavage@gannettnj.com

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