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Glassboro, NJ, United States, 2013/07/22 - Green Party candidate for governor of New Jersey Steven Welzer officially launched his campaign on Saturday at a party hosted by the Glassboro County Greens - WelzerForGovernor.org.
Green Party candidate Steven Welzer officially kicked off his campaign for governor on Saturday at an event hosted by the Gloucester County Green Party. Welzer, who retired after 25 years as a state employee in Trenton, shares his ticket with Patricia Alessandrini, a long time substitute teacher in Bergen County.
The campaign’s major focus will be on economic issues, as New Jerseyans continually express these as their most pressing concerns.
Property taxes in New Jersey are among the highest in the country. In order to bring this burden on homeowners down, Welzer would expand the definition of property to include assets in investment portfolios over $1 million, effectively broadening the base from which to draw funds for the state.
Alessandrini was adamant about the need for minimum wage reform. The failure of both Washington and Trenton to pass meaningful minimum wage increases is proof, she says, that the major parties do not have the interests of citizens in mind. When people can work two jobs and still make so little that they qualify for food stamps, the system is broken.
Healthcare will also feature prominently in the platform. In order to drive down costs across the board, Welzer supports instituting a single-payer healthcare program in New Jersey modeled after the Green Mountain Care plan now being implemented in Vermont.
In addition to economic issues, the Green Party ticket also spoke on issues of social and criminal justice.
Every 28 hours an African American in the United States is killed by a police officer, security guard, or vigilante. Only 13% of those killed were involved in violent activity at the time. The party stands against the racist extrajudicial imposition of “justice” on our population.
Welzer and Alessandrini stand against state collaboration with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as this discourages immigrants and their families from reporting crimes and assisting investigations.
Welzer for Governor also unveiled its new campaign website at the event.