November seems like a long way off, but is it possible to at least hear more substantive ideas instead of recycling campaign rhetoric? Presenting a litany of a city's or state's problems (and virtues) without offering any real solutions, improvements or original ideas is somewhat embarrassing. "Keep our schools great." What does that mean?

"We need to keep taxes low." What line items do we cut? "Fight hard." How? "I have fresh ideas." Please articulate! These slogans are better meant for a high school popularity contest. On a grander scale, populist commercials set in some diner and deriding hedge funds may be effective as the June primary is quickly approaching, but can we have a more specific conversation?

Moreover, why haven't we scheduled any Democratic gubernatorial primary debates? The Republicans also need some openness to make it a real conversation. NJ residents are exceedingly bright and won't be offended by new ideas even if they might challenge "historical norms." We need to do better. Most of our candidates know better, so let's stop the slogans and let's hear your ideas.

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