Date of Birth: 5/17/64
Education: Ph.D. in Physics, Johns Hopkins University
Occupation: Head of Communications and Public Outreach, Princeton University, Plasma Physics Laboratory
Public/Party service: Member of the NJ General Assembly since January, 2016
Position on good government initiatives:
- Would you support reforming New Jersey’s Primary electoral ballots to give all candidates an equal chance of being elected?
It depends. I don’t understand your example, but I just introduced a rank-choice voting bill and I am strongly for improving equality for all candidates
[ETA: the example in the form is the ballot from Salem County that does not have a column structure, but rather lists all candidates for a certain position together.]
- Would you support measures to increase voter participation (eg. same-day registration, early voting)?
- Would you support placing a nonpartisan commission in charge of the legislative redistricting process?
- Would you support ethics reforms that would require broader disclosure on financial information and the release of income taxes by candidates for public office, as a means for regulating campaigns and limiting corruption?
Yes. I’m the prime sponsor of the “dark money” bill that was just conditionally vetoed by the Governor even though it received nearly unanimous bipartisan support.
- Would you support reinstituting the statewide public advocate and making it a directly elected position?
- Would you support changing the nominating process for members of Commissions and Boards to have panels of nonpartisan experts nominate candidates, with full public disclosure of the candidates’ credentials, and to have the legislature vote on the nominations?
It depends. Of course this should be nonpartisan, though I don’t think it is necessary for the full legislature to have to vote on the nominations
- Do you support public funding of campaigns for all statewide offices, including the legislature?
- Do you support making the state legislature full-time and prohibiting simultaneous holding of other paid positions?
No. This is a tough one. I understand the motivation behind the question and conflicts of interest, but getting people who would give up their career to become a legislature full time would significantly limit the potential candidate pool.