Hometown: New Providence, NJ
Occupation: Executive Coach, Author, Consultant
Top 3 Issues: Healthcare (including clean air, water, and food); education; taxes
Free-time activity: “My free time centers around my family’s free time. We’re a family of performers, artists, and musicians, so whenever I have free time I’m probably watching one of my children perform something. And every now and then I’m known to sing as well.”
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I’m Laura Fortgang, a mother of three, a wife, a business owner, an interfaith minister, an award-winning author who has been on Oprah and a Ted talk speaker with over one million views. But most importantly, I’m running for NJ State Assembly.
I’m running because I can’t stand by while NJ goes more deeply into a crisis of affordability. My family feels the squeeze and I’m sure you do too.
In a state that is home to pharmaceutical companies that are on the verge of curing cancer, we have people who can’t afford their medication.
In a state that ranks high in the nation for our public schools, we have districts that seriously lack funding.
In a state where some of our best jobs require commuting, our transportation system is archaic and broken.
We are not keeping up, we are not investing our resources in the right places.
NJ’s young people can’t afford to launch here and our seniors can’t afford the taxes to stay here.
That’s not OK.
For twenty-five years, I’ve owned my own business consulting to individuals, small businesses and organizations like Mc Donald’s, The World Bank, NASA and the Army Corps of Engineers. I’m called on to help people solve problems they can’t solve on their own. My skill set includes listening to all sides, helping people find solutions they can’t yet see, getting everyone to work together and moving everyone forward.
I want to bring those skills to Trenton and look at old problems with new eyes. I want to stand up against transactional politics and get back to making the people of NJ the priority.
My priorities are health care, education and taxes.
We need to stabilize health care costs.
I will fight for everyone in NJ to have robust, affordable healthcare.
Healthcare costs aren’t just personal. Our school budgets bare the brunt of high healthcare costs too and that directly impacts the quality of our education and our property taxes as most of our schools rely heavily on municipal funds.
NJ just secured its own state exchange and I support that whole-heartedly as a way to increase the pool and lower costs.
Let’s not forget that healthcare also needs to include clean air, clean water, and clean food.
I will fight for NJ to have educational programs that truly prepare our kids for the future.
NJ has the opportunity to train tomorrow’s workforce. The demand for vocational and technical training is not being met. Today’s votech is engineering, IT, health sciences, green energy jobs and disciplines that could mean a certificate upon graduation or the ability to enter two- or four-year college programs.
Preparing a workforce in NJ will help us attract more companies that want to headquarter here.
That will increase our tax pool and lessen the burden on all of us.
I will fight for strategies that keep people in NJ.
The incumbents in this district have extreme voting records. They have voted against Equal pay for women, against protecting the environment and preparing for climate change, against teaching financial literacy in public schools, against protecting reproductive rights and Jay Webber believes in gay-conversion therapy for our LGBTQ community. In 2019?!
My last name, Fortgang, means moving forward. That’s my name. It’s who I am. It’s what I do.
Together, we can find solutions and move New Jersey forward.