Issues

Veterans and Military Families

One of the greatest honors of my life was to serve in the Navy to protect the citizens and freedoms of this country. But Washington has to do more for the brave men and women putting their lives on the line and the families at home that support them.

I am going to be a leader in standing up to this congress and administration that seeks to undermine and dismantle the VA. No veteran should have to wait for medical or mental health care services. I am committed to bringing the VA into the 21st century by improving the technology infrastructure and also expanding services provided.

As a country we also have to commit to making sure our veterans can return and find good paying jobs. Through my ten years of active duty I witnessed first hand the unique skills that men and women of the military develop. I want to make sure that we have people in Congress who will invest in connecting those skills to the American workforce and create prosperous economic futures for the people who so fiercely protect this country.

I also know first hand the toll that service can take on military families and we as a country need to do better in supporting them. As a Congressman I will work to increase access and affordability of childcare and also commit to family leave policies. We also have to commit to supporting and expanding career opportunities for military spouses at home to ensure they have their own economic freedom.

I refuse to sit back any longer and watch Washington disrespect the brave veterans of our country and my brothers and sisters in arms.

 
Women’s Rights

We are at a crisis point in American history when it comes to women’s health and rights. We have a Congress and an administration that are unapologetic about their anti-woman agenda.

In Chris Smith we have a Congressman who believes women do not have the right to make decisions about their own bodies and if he had it his way, would overturn Roe v. Wade. His 38 year record on women makes very clear where he stands: defunding Planned Parenthood is a major priority for him, he voted against the Violence Against Women Act, he believes some forms of contraception should be illegal, and believes abortion should be 100% illegal even in the case of rape or when the woman’s life is at risk.

For the first time, the 4th Congressional District has a candidate in me that will without question, stand up for a woman’s right to choose. For the first time, this district has a candidate who will work to fully fund Planned Parenthood so they can continue to provide women of this district and country with affordable and safe healthcare.

We also need to make a commitment to women in the workplace. We have to confront the physical and sexual abuse of women head on because women have the right to a safe work environment, period. Committing to equal pay is also a major investment in our economic future as a country. Women in NJ are making 82 cents for every dollar a man earns for the same amount of work. Passing equal pay legislation is simply a way to better support families here in Central Jersey and allow them to thrive.