2013 Meet the Candidates Series Continues for the Week of August 4th
In my efforts to introduce candidates to the voting public, I launched a weekly series called Meet the Candidates. In essence, Save Jerseyans, it is a past day stump speech updated for the virtual world featuring 2013 candidates in important New Jersey races.
For this week’s column, I am honored to introduce to you to Assemblyman Anthony Bucco of New Jersey’s 25th District.
Assemblyman Bucco received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Lycoming College in Managerial Economics/Business Administration and went on to get his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law. Currently he is an attorney at Murphy and McKeon, P.C. and has been a New Jersey Assemblyman since 2010.
My interview with Assemblyman Anthony Bucco is below the fold…
Sanders: What makes you a more viable candidate in comparison to your challenger?
Assemblyman Bucco: I have a proven track record of being able to work across the aisle to get things done. I have been a prime sponsor of several important pieces of legislation in my tenure so far including the Business Retention and Relocation Assistance Act, Grow New Jersey, increased penalties for texting and driving, and a bill which will extend the moratorium on non-residential development fees. I also have an important bill to help protect victims of identity theft which recently passed the assembly 76-0.
Sanders: For those who do not know, your father is not only a NJ State Senator, but he is also your running mate. What is the most valuable lesson he has taught you about being an elected official?
Assemblyman Bucco: To gain the trust of my fellow legislators and to be honest and upfront. It’s truly an honor to serve alongside my father in the legislature.
Sanders: Some public schools in New Jersey have implemented new policies which do not allow parents to come to the school during regular hours without making an appointment at least a day ahead of time. Do you feel this is a necessary step our public schools need to take to protect students or do you feel it is an infringement on the parent’s rights?
Assemblyman Bucco: There is a fine line between security for the children and a parent’s right to have access to their children. I think that requiring an appointment is a little extreme. I do however support added security measures because it is crucial that we maintain a safe learning environment for our children.
Sanders: If your constituents wanted to reach out to you and ask you questions about your positions or how to volunteer, whom can they reach out to?
Assemblyman Bucco: All they need to do is contact the office. I return calls and emails on a daily basis. I also attend many public functions. I am always very approachable and other spend time with constituents when out at events.
Sanders: In a short statement, please advise why your constituents should vote for you and tell us what you’d like to accomplish if you are elected?
Assemblyman Bucco: I am proud to be considered one of the hardest working legislators in the Assembly. I have worked hard with both Democrats and Republicans to make NJ a more business friendly state, create jobs and support legislation to make New Jersey more affordable. My record is one of conservative leadership while at the same time having a proven ability to work across the aisle, realizing that I must do so in order to be successful while the Republicans are in the minority. I have had six bipartisan bills signed by the governor and I have worked with Governor Christie to deliver his 2% property tax cap, four balanced budgets without raising taxes on anyone, much needed pension and benefit reforms and a business climate that is delivering record job growth for New Jersey. I would like to return to Trenton to finish the job we have started!
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