1. Immigration and Citizenship: I propose citizenship for all residents of New Jersey. Populism seeks to give power to the
people individually and without exception. As such, it fully endorses
the Mayflower Compact in considering co-location and the intent to
adhere to the laws of a body politic as the only valid criteria for
citizenship. Specifically and personally, I am opposed to any
restrictions on immigration, both now and in the past, and further
regard as unconstitutional all such restrictions, from the Chinese
Exclusion Act which forms the basis of Section 8 of the United States
Code to similar current legislation.
(a) In addition, I will, as Governor, bar the INS from operating in New Jersey. The
Constitution gave Congress the power “to establish a uniform rule of
naturalization” but not of immigration, nor was any federal executive
power granted for the purpose of naturalization or bankruptcy, “rules”
and “laws” being judicial matters, with enforcement of such rules and
laws being reserved by the Tenth Amendment for the States.
(b) I propose free English literacy instruction for New Jersey residents who are not fluent in English.
2. Political Parties: I will seek to reduce the influence and control of political parties through a number of measures including:
(a) Eliminating the “party line” on ballots.
i. Placement on the ballot should be based on the number of verified signatures on the nominating petitions alone.
(b) Eliminating state funding of party primaries. The
operation of the unions for career politicians, i.e. the political
parties, should not be supported with public funds, especially since
they are counter to the interests of the public.
(c) Eliminating all patronage positions. These positions are formalized and institutionalized corruption.
i. I will further seek to deny any benefits, including pensions, accruing from holding these positions.
3. Welfare: I propose a monthly payment to each NJ citizen towards the provision of the necessities. Due
to the constraints on the state’s finances this paying of the “cost of
sovereignty” will have to begin as partial and gradually attain to full
(a) Eliminate entitlement programs as soon as the monthly payment meets the needs which they were created to fill.
payment can be implemented by a state “credit card”, a la Bellamy’s
“Looking Backwards”, for purchases from in-state businesses.
(c) Payments for dependents in a household would be paid into the household account. Payments for dependents that are part of two households will be split evenly between the two accounts.
4. Finance: I
propose the establishment of a judicial bank, exchanges and an
insurance underwriting market. These institutions are essential to
creation of a state-based economy and establishing safe investments for
the state government, the people and for fiduciary responsibility
will ask the legislature to mandate the forms of financial contracts
adjudicated by the state through those institutions with the direction
that such contracts be unleveraged, clear and transparent.
scope of the institutions and the financial contracts shall be for
parties who are residents of New Jersey, businesses registered or
incorporated in the State of New Jersey or the Treasury of the State of
listed on the state stock exchange will be required to pay a monthly
dividend per share of a percentage of the average volume-adjusted stock
price. I suggest 0.5 % to start. Payments could be made into the investor’s “credit card”.
(d)Ultimately, these institutions will provide the vehicle for the people to become capitalists in their own right. Please
note how the rest of the platform assists the people in reaching that
goal by reducing the costs they bear and enhancing their ability to
5. Revenue: I
propose the funding of an endowment of the Treasury of the State of New
Jersey for its participation in the bank, exchanges and insurance
(a) The return from the Treasury’s investments shall be equally divided between:
i. The provision of the necessities monthly payment;
ii. Repayment of state debt;
iii. Operating expenditures authorized by the legislature in their budget approval; and
iv. Re-investment to increase the endowment.
propose the gradual elimination of value taxes, i.e. income, property
and sales taxes, as the share of returns on the endowment are able to
6. Costs: I
propose a reform of the state civil service system in the state along
the lines of the federal GS grade and step system without the Senior
Executive Service (SES). This reform would also:
(a) Standardize and reduce the number of administrative positions throughout the civil service system.
(b) Include in the state civil service all non-elected positions in state, county and municipal governments and in public schools.
i. The individual government will hire or fire the individuals filling these positions under strict civil service guidelines.
number of positions available of a particular type would be determined
based on the population served according to legislative mandate.
(c) Exclude civil servants and municipalities from being sued. “Personal
injury” law firms should not be allowed to bully and extort money from
small, defenseless hamlets for playground scrapes. The responsible party will be the state with an even larger and stronger legal team.
In addition to making teachers and superintendents into state civil
servants paid by the state and setting their number to correspond to
the number of students, which makes the Abbott decision moot, I propose
(a) The establishment of a New Jersey State Board of Regents, which will specify for all levels of education:
i. The requirements for each kind and level of subject matter, i.e. course, taught in the public schools.
ii. The arrangement of course work into grades, for scheduling purposes, only.
tests which will be used to determine mastery in those courses and by
which individuals will receive credit for such mastery, irrespective of
their participation in the public schools or classes to teach the
iv. Accreditation standards for public schools with respect to the teaching of courses.
v. Graduation requirements for public high schools and colleges, as well as degree requirements.
vi. Professional and trade requirements for licenses.
professional licensing boards, for example medical boards, will become
specialty committees of the Board of Regents, with the additional
responsibility of establishing course requirements in their specialty.
full-year schedule consisting of three terms, for which grades 9-12
will continue to be completed in two terms, as will grades 1, 3, 5 and
7. Kindergarten and grades 2, 4, 6 and 8 will be taught in
one term, since Kindergarten should be a brief orientation to schooling
and the review portion of these numbered grades is no longer needed in
the absence of a summer vacation.
this initial conversion, I would re-label the grades by year, as grades
1 through 7 and urge the Board of Regents to further reduce the primary
grades while adding post-secondary grades. My purpose here
is to allow public school students to earn associate and bachelor
degrees, as well as professional and trade certifications before they
reach employable age.
(c) Merit advancement to take the place of social advancement. Tests
will be offered between terms, thus three times annually, and scheduled
so that each student can take all of the examinations they requested
(d)Course instruction be offered for all ages. Recent
immigrants should be able to acquire proficiency in the use of English
through the public schools. Workers in declining industries should be
able to acquire new skills. Those who left school for whatever reason should be able to return to earn a diploma or a degree.
8. Energy: I
propose that we make New Jersey a place where people can live
inexpensively and a prime candidate for achieving this is in the
reduction of the need for energy. Towards this end, I would seek as Governor:
(a) Replacement of single-zoning with diversity-zoning. This would allow more people to walk to work, shopping and religious and social functions. Walking
is the cheapest form of transportation, requires no generated energy
and reduces weight and thus the need for energy when other forms of
transportation are used.
(b) Allow more compact development near train stations and other public transportation access points. This would increase the use of public transportation, which uses less energy than automobiles. In
general, compact development allows the sharing of ambient climate,
reducing the need for heating and cooling for individual homes.
(c) Increase the daily frequency of public transportation throughout the state. This
will encourage consistent ridership because prospective riders know
they can consistently rely on public transportation to get them where
they need to go in the state whenever they need to get there.
i. If necessary, schedule minivan and car service for low ridership routes.
(d)Raise the driving age to 21. This will encourage a culture of public transportation use throughout the formative teenage years and into young adulthood.
(e) Provide package delivery with public transportation, especially during times of low ridership. This greater utilization of public transportation reduces the need for private carriers expending fuel.
9. Medicine: I
propose the establishment of local municipal medical departments,
expanding on existing fire department paramedical units by
establishing, purchasing or transferring out of receivership hospitals
and clinics. Like firemen and policemen under my civil
service reforms, the workers in the municipal medical departments would
be state civil servants hired to work at the municipal level.
(a) Purchases of medical equipment and drugs used in these facilities would be done through the state.
(b) Each municipal hospital and clinic will have a pharmacy, staffed with pharmacists who are also state civil servants.
drug offered in this system will be supplied through a state medical
purchasing office which will negotiate a price contract for each drug
with its manufacturer.
(d)Medical services will be provided to all people requiring medical attention in the state.
and long-term visitors (e.g. college students) of the state will be
given annual medical examinations by a clinic in their municipality.
which never had any business being involved with medicine, should be
prohibited from offering policies for any aspect of medical practice.
10. Family Law: I propose that the State of New Jersey stay out of people’s private lives.
(a) No civil marriage ceremonies;
(b) No state certification, benefit or penalty for marriage;
(c) No state divorce decrees, separation agreements, alimony or child support;
(d)No state custody arrangement other than full joint custody of the parents at the time of birth or adoption, with dual residency;
(e) Family members can declare themselves an oeconomia, a household, in whatever size or configuration they deem fit. State
law should address the household or individuals within it and leave
aside any interference with the relations between household members.
i. Each household will have a “credit card” account for the benefit of dependents cared for by the household.