New Jersey needs big changes that help people like you instead of Chris Christie's conservative con-artist gimmicks that benefit the richest one-percent and global corporations. If you are looking for better government service and fair taxes, you have to make sweeping changes in New Jersey's broken political establishment.

Jim Devine has proposed massive changes to cure the Garden State's plague of 'politics as usual' ~ including plans to strip political bosses of their power and eradicate the corrosive influence of dirty money in government. This bold vision will not be popular with the political establishment but it is the right prescription for strong democracy and a better New Jersey.

  • Establish Fair & Clean Elections
    Provide public funds matching small donor contributions six to one and equip other resources to all candidates who demonstrate broad public support and agree not to use or coordinate with dirty money in politics. Billionaires and corporations could still spend as much as they want, subject to full disclosure and a 200% tax that allows all candidates to compete on a level battlefield.
  • Stop Rigging Ballots
    Prohibit candidates from 'bracketing' or otherwise giving anyone an unfair advantage with respect to ballot position. Every American is entitled to equal protection of the law, so candidates picked by party bosses should not get preferential treatment in primaries.
  • Cut Property Taxes in Half
    New Jersey has more than 1,000 municipalities and schools districts that waste taxpayer money with duplication of services and inefficiency. We can have more responsive services and lower cost without the web of politics, corruption and confusion that we have today.
  • Curb Corporate Spending
    Require corporations to obtain specific permission from shareholders prior to making any spending to influence legislation, elections, or public opinion and impose a 200% tax on such expenditures, which would fund Fair & Clean Elections.
  • Open & Honest
    Require full disclosure of funding sources for all political communications. Impose criminal penalties on corporations that make factual misrepresentations in any communications intended to influence legislation, elections, or public opinion concerning government policy.
  • Legislative Reform
    Establish a full-time, unicameral legislature with 60 representatives, who would each be paid $95,000 a year, prohibited from receiving additional earned income and subject to strict conflict of interest rules.
  • Government Efficiency
    Evaluate local government consolidation, such as unifying police and other law enforcement services in a centralized administration to eliminate excess administration and duplication of services. Create a statewide system of free public schools for every child from the age of three to a college degree.
  • Polluters Pay
    Require corporations to rectify environmental damage on property they own or owned and lobby to reestablish the federal Superfund petrochemical industry tax system.
  • Resign to Run
    Stop politicians from using one elected office as a stepping stone to another, wasting your tax dollars and failing to do their job. Any elected official should be required to resign if he or she wants to seek election to another job.
  • No Double Dipping
    Public officials should be barred from holding two or more jobs at taxpayer expense. Our current political establishment is rife with corruption and conflicted interests because politicians are looking out for themselves instead of us.
  • Term Limits
    Career politicians have forgotten that public service is an honor and a privilege. It's time to stop lifetime tenure by making elections competitive and setting limits on the time anyone can hold an elected position.
  • And much, much more!
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