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Is New Jersey ready for an independent Governor?

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.

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GENOVESE: Consolidation can ease property tax burden

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.

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Genovese seeks property tax revolution through gubernatorial campaign

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.

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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.

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Genovese Announces Her Independent Candidacy for Governor

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Former Long Hill Mayor Gina Genovese, a veteran property-tax reform advocate, tennis pro and longtime business owner today announced that she is running for governor.

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WANT TO SEE HOW AMERICA IS CHANGING? PROPERTY TAXES HOLD THE ANSWER

Younger people are flocking to cities in the Northeast - but it’s not enough to offset retirees and those in search of lower taxes.

Americans paid nearly $300 billion in property taxes in 2016 - but as with everything in real estate, it’s all about location. Yet those taxes don’t just tell a story about local and regional housing markets - they also show how the country is changing.

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N.J. had highest property taxes in nation in 2016 (again), study finds

Once again, New Jersey had the highest property taxes in the nation last year.

In addition to having the biggest mean bill at $8,549 in 2016, the Garden State also has the highest effective tax rate at 2.31 percent, according to an ATTOM Data Solutions study published by RealtyTrac.com.

The effective tax rate is average annual property tax expressed as a percentage of the average estimated market value of homes.

Of the nine counties in the country where the average bill exceeded $10,000, four are in New Jersey: Essex, Union, Morris and Bergen. The study counted the 586 counties with a population of at least 100,000.

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