2013 Meet the Candidates Series Continues for the Week of August 25th
In my efforts to introduce candidates to the voting public, Save Jerseyans, I started a weekly column called Meet the Candidates. In essence, it is a past day stump speech updated for the virtual world.
For this week’s installment, I am honored to introduce to you to Senator Jennifer Beck of New Jersey’s 11th District.
Senator Beck received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Boston College in Physics and Mathematics and went on to get her Master of Arts Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Government Administration. Currently she is the President of JAB Marketing, LLC and her political career includes being on the Red Bank Council from 1999-2005, General Assembly from 2006-2007 and her current role as State Senator since 2008.
My interview with Senator Beck is below the fold…
Sanders: Do you think people should have access to databases which show licensed gun owners in New Jersey? Why or why not?
Senator Beck: I do not, and I currently sponsor legislation that opposes this. This is a matter of public safety, and I do not believe that gun owners and their addresses should be public records accessible to all. Recently in New York, a newspaper released all names and addresses of gun owners and inmates began threatening corrections officers with knowledge of their home addresses. I don’t wish to see anything of that sort happening here in our State.
Sanders: One of the most contested topics right now is same sex marriage. Do you believe same sex couples in New Jersey should be able to get married? Why or why not?
Senator Beck: I believe all couples, regardless of sexual preference, should be able to get married, and have sponsored the legislation enabling this in our State. In my mind, this is one of the civil rights issues of our time and while I respect the opinions and beliefs of those opposed to same-sex marriage, it is my view that simply this is the right thing to do to enable all citizens of our State the right to be with whom they love.
Sanders: You are the co-sponsor of a bill aimed at eliminating double-dipping amongst state employees. Can you please give an overview of the bill and articulate as to why you feel it is important for the State of New Jersey?
Senator Beck: Yes; S601 would stop the practice of “double-dipping” by some State employees. Double-dipping in this instance refers to those employees who have retired from their positions in the State, and have then taken a new position in a different pension system – earning both their pension and current salary. This bill would suspend the pension of someone who becomes a State employee again after retirement if they take a position earning in excess of $15,000 per year. It is my view that these pensions are for retirement – not just when you leave your current position in the state and move to another.
Sanders: What makes you a more viable candidate in comparison to your challenger?
Senator Beck: My effectiveness as a legislator makes me stand out both in Trenton and in my district. In a Democratically controlled legislature, as a Republican, I have been able to pass over 35 pieces of legislation that I have been the sponsor of, ranking me 8th in the entire State Senate and 1st among all Republicans. Additionally, I regularly meet with local officials, mayors, and everyday residents of my district to ensure that I can be the best advocate for them in Trenton when debating bills.
Sanders: If your constituents wanted to reach out to you and ask you questions about your positions or how to volunteer on your campaign, whom can they reach out to?
Senator Beck: Supporters are welcome to visit my website at www.jenniferbecknj.com or call my campaign manager, Mike Hughes at 732-379-1136.
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