It has been my honor and privilege to serve the people of New Jersey’s 39th Legislative District for a third term in the General Assembly. It is no secret that in standing up for the wage earners and taxpayers of New Jersey, my like-minded colleagues and I face an uphill battle.
Still, since I came to this job five years ago with big dreams, you have all made it a pleasure to do the work! Not a day goes by when I don’t hear constituents express their thanks at what I am trying to do for our communities. I have always said the best part about my job is the people I get to serve. Serving the community and trying to keep our wonderful state affordable is what we need in Trenton.
This past session was very difficult. With the Senate and General Assembly controlled by the radical opposition, we had to fight our hardest to ensure our communities were not left out in the cold. Despite being on the defensive, we managed to accomplish quite a few goals! Although our agenda could not be pushed as heavily as wanted, I keep fighting for a fiscally responsible New Jersey that puts us taxpayers before big spending politicians.
o allow workers to have increased control over their own paychecks, I introduced a bill entitled “New Jersey Right to Work Act,” which enables workers to join our worthy unions seeking fairness, but to make sure no one is forced to join a union against one’s will. We were barely able to stop the Millionaires Tax from crippling our state’s economy. The fight to make sure people can become successful in New Jersey and stay in New Jersey will go on as it is only a matter of time before the redistributionist far left tries again.
Many of our communities have been targeted by Governor Murphy’s school funding formula. Our localities have been hit by some of the harshest cuts to their school funding, forcing us to scramble to recover the money overnight. As your Assemblyman, I will not stand for this. I have fought against the unfair formula this session and plan to fight against all plans that damage our communities.
So although the opposition killed many deserving bills, I continue to strive to work across the aisle, because the opponents are continually influenced by our positive ideas. Still I hold to my abiding principles to fight for a financially responsible State that puts New Jerseyans first.
For the upcoming session, I have established priorities focused on helping the hard-working people of the District who continue to suffer from high property taxes and insane regulations. It is time that New Jersey becomes a business-friendly state. We can create a New Jersey that works for the Upper, Middle and Lower Class people equally. The system is broken, and needs to change. For too long, small businesses have found it increasingly hard to create local jobs due to the very high cost of our big government that persists in overregulation and nepotism. At the same time, money is being taken from our schools to fund school systems in places such as Hoboken.
The need to stand up for ourselves is now, and in this next session it is what I intend to do on our behalf. Although the challenges we face are daunting, you have motivated me to face the problems head-on.
As a state, we need to turn back to our motto “Liberty and Prosperity” that our forefathers established. Working to free ourselves from overregulation and government overreach, while returning the focus to accountability to the taxpayers, we can regain both Liberty and Prosperity. I look forward to continue to champion these efforts on your behalf, with your good counsel. We are a great state in need of greater leaders. If may I leave you with one proverb today, it is to “
Be strong and courageous
” (Deuteronomy 31:6).
Assemblyman Robert J. Auth