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LD17 Assembly Candidate Robert Quinn: The politics of poverty

Legislative District 17 Republican State Assembly Candidate Robert A. Quinn Credits: Richie Gunz

“I need to get food on the table. How will you help me? How are you different than the people in the suits, which we don’t like?”

This was a profound question asked of me on the campaign trail. As for the latter question, I told the person that I had personally come to visit them because unlike the politicians I truly cared about them. As to the former question in quotes…that is a far more difficult question to answer. They weren't looking for a handout but hope. In an effort to achieve this goal the Quinn for Assembly team has plans for several large community based fundraising events whose proceeds would go directly toward such needy causes as domestic violence, breast cancer awareness, and drug addiction.

 New Jersey is a state rich in resources and abundant in revenue, but we wouldn't know it at times given the suffocating effects of both taxes and affordability issues. There are many of late talking about “fair” funding of schools.  The goal of course would be to remediate the property tax burden. However, adjusting a formula will not remediate the corruption that catacombs many of our urban cities. The leeching of tax payer dollars has been quite lucrative to some…and detrimental to those who wish to learn and move beyond poverty.

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In some areas of our state we have private citizens so powerful they dictate public policy. Manipulation of the media to prevent certain topics and shield the corruption is a reality. Poverty is in effect a business to be nurtured and cultivated.

If elected, expect to see me wield my media releases like a club against corruption in our urban cities both here in LD17 and more broadly towards these issues across our state.  This is both sound social and fiscal policy, which is the proper balance of the public’s best interests.                        


Robert A. Quinn is a candidate for New Jersey State Assembly in Legislative District 17 (Franklin Twp, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Piscataway, Milltown)

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