MADISON, NJ - As New Jersey slowly recovers from Hurricane Sandy, many people went to schools and other polling locations today to cast their votes for President of the United States, as well as state and local leaders. With terrorism, the debt crisis, the economy and high unemployment, this election is viewed as one of the most important in history.
While New Jersey is a Democratic state, the race will likely come down to the wire. While the turnout wasn’t high at the United Methodist Church in Chatham, the residents felt strongly about this election. Lu Borgs said she voted because it’s important, especially this year.
“I’m really concerned about the national debt and the state of the economy,” Borgs said. “Everybody wants something for nothing and that’s not how things work.”
This country needs to manage its spending and maintain some type of balance when it comes to money, Borgs said.
Fairleigh Dickinson student Ryan Reck said he came out because as an American, it’s the right thing to do. His biggest concern is the power the government has and how he feels our elected officials are destroying the constitution.
“I think we need more of a focus on our civil liberties,” he said.
Meanwhile, the New Life Fellowship Church in Madison was overflowing with residents casting their votes. Mary Holland said she feels quite passionate about the major issues in this election.
This country is headed in the wrong direction, she said. America needs to focus on jobs, the economy, staying out of major wars and the Middle East, Holland said. Locally, sharing services is a great idea and small towns like Madison should do it, she said.
“I do believe in local identity,” she said. “We’re cutting back on the wrong things.”
Madison resident Jeff Hall said this election is all about choices. By selecting President Obama, at least people know what they are getting, Hall said. While he said Obama has not done a great job, he doesn’t think anyone else could have done better given the financial situation the country is in.
“With Romney I’m not sure,” he said. “I don’t trust him.”
After getting her two sons and nephew from school, Laura Baisch came out to cast her vote, as well. Baisch said it’s a very important election and it will determine which direction the country goes in.
“I think it’s our responsibility to get out and vote,” she said.