In the latest Fox News Poll, Gina Genovese has been named third in the gubernatorial race. This is the first poll that has finally included Gina and this is only the beginning!
GOERNER: N.J. a tale of too many towns
New Jersey could learn a lot from New York. Both states suffer from costly layers of local governments and school districts — a major contributor to high property taxes — yet their approach to solving it could not be more different.
A recent Monmouth University poll showed that property taxes are the first concern for the majority of New Jerseyans, but neither of the major party gubernatorial candidates has a clear plan, or the courage, to offer a viable solution to the problem.
New Jersey’s next governor needs to tackle this issue head-on to make any marked difference in reducing property taxes. Meanwhile, New York has been quietly leading the way on reducing the number of local governments and encouraging more regionalized sharing of police and emergency services — two key areas that contribute to higher property taxes. Consolidation and service regionalization not only save money, they allow for more effective and efficient planning (also a long-term money saver), and improve emergency response in times of crisis.Read more
It was fitting that we chose Princeton as the site for an interview with independent gubernatorial candidate Gina Genovese. After all, the consolidation of Princeton Township and Princeton Borough in 2013 is a success story that is unfortunately all too rare in the annals of New Jersey history. One of the driving forces behind this merger and its concomitant savings of several million dollars of taxpayer money annually was Genovese, former Executive Director of Courage to Connect – an advocacy group that promotes the consolidation of the thousands of municipalities, school districts, fire districts, library districts and other government entities across the Garden State.
We spoke about successes and challenges as well as how an underdog independent might work within the political fiefdoms that plague New Jersey politics.Read more
Source: Getty, Teen Vogue
Running! is a Teen Vogue series on getting involved in the government. This profile follows high school students in New Jersey who are trying to create a gubernatorial youth council in their state.
After witnessing what they considered dismal political participation overall from young people in their state, some teens in New Jersey are hoping to get their peers involved — and have politicians take them more seriously — by creating a youth council to advise the governor on the policy matters that affect them the most.Read more
By Gina Genovese
Every time we compare our state to the rest of country, New Jersey comes in as one of worst. Property taxes, police salaries, pensions and cost per student are some of the areas where the disparity between what we pay and other states pay for services is stark.
Recent news reports have highlighted how approximately 60 percent of our municipal police officers make at least $100,000 a year. This does not even include overtime and bonuses.
In three quarters of New Jersey's 565 municipalities today, the median police salary far exceeds the entire median household income of its residents -- which may include two salaries. This is unsustainable for those of us who pay these salaries.Read more
Gina Genovese — a former professional tennis player and mayor of Long Hill — is running an independent campaign for New Jersey governor centered around sharing services between municipalities, a move that Genovese claims could slash property tax bills by up to 15 percent for many New Jersey homeowners.
“I feel that the only hope for New Jersey is if I at least bring this message to the governor’s race so people can talk about real issues and real solutions and look at the elephant in the living room,” Genovese told Observer on Monday.
I know we are still caught up in the 2016 Presidential election, but for NJ residents/taxpayers, the 2017 gubernatorial race is going to be a most important election. Whoever wins will have the monumental task of cleaning up the mess that Chris Christie has left behind.
Here is something I would like my fellow New Jerseyans to consider. I share this based on my experience of running for a statewide office and a federal office within the two-party system that dominates our political landscape in the Garden State.Read more
New Jersey gets the trophy year after year for the dubious distinction of being No. 1 in the nation for Highest Property Taxes. We need to change that.
Our sky-high property taxes will not diminish in a cloud of wishful thinking, by changing the school funding formula, by sharing services, by raising taxes, or by privatizing government.
Pundits, stakeholders, special interests and too many elected officials scoff at the idea of reducing the number of municipalities, school and fire districts. But how else will we be able to reduce expenses and drastically improve services? New Jersey has too much redundant government. Period.Read more
LONG HILL TWP. - Gina Genovese says New Jersey needs a property tax revolution, and she’s making a run for the Statehouse to ignite it.
The former Long Hill mayor is running for governor as an independent. She launched her candidacy last week.
A 23-year resident of Long Hill, Genovese served on the Township Committee from 2005 to 2007. In 2006, she became not only Long Hill’s first – and only – Democratic mayor, but also the first openly gay mayor in the state. She resigned from the committee in 2007 to focus on an unsuccessful run as the Democratic challenger against Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr., R-Morris/Union.
She lives on Hilltop Road with longtime spouse Wendy McCahill. A former tennis pro, she has owned and operated Gina’s Tennis World in Berkeley Heights for 34 years.
Genovese, 57, founded the non-profit organization Courage to Connect in NJ in 2009. The organization seeks to streamline government and lower taxes through the consolidation of municipalities, school districts and other local services. Genovese and her organization were involved in the 2012 merger of Princeton Township and Princeton Borough, and the 2014 formation of the South Hunterdon Regional High School District from four separate districts. She points to the mergers as the two greatest successes in New Jersey property tax reform.
Interviewed at her home last Thursday, Genovese prescribed a ‘top-down, bottom-up’ approach to lowering property taxes.