Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Schaer, Caride in 36th

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Schaer, Caride in 36th

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INCUMBENTS IN the 36th Legislative District, Assemblyman Gary Schaer, D-Passaic, and Assemblywoman Marlene Caride, D-Ridgefield, say they will focus on growing the economy if voted to new terms on Nov. 3. They are opposed in that bid by Republicans Forrest Elliott Jr. of Wood-Ridge and James Lenoy of Carlstadt.

Clearly, the two Democrats have a leg up in terms of governing experience at the state level.

Schaer, the City Council president in Passaic, has risen through the ranks in the Assembly and now finds himself heading the chamber's powerful Budget Committee. Schaer is a numbers guy who knows well how every budget decision affects people across the economic spectrum. Schaer has been a vocal proponent of fully funding the formula for the state's K-12 schools and says he will work for "economic revitalization" across all 14 towns in the district.

Caride, vice chairwoman of the Commerce and Economic Development Committee, also serves on the Assembly's transportation committee. She said that in a new term she would concentrate on job creation and would be in favor of a casino in the Meadowlands "to bring jobs and revenue to our area." Caride believes people will be more willing to accept a gas tax to fix the under-financed Transportation Trust Fund if they know the money collected will be "solely dedicated to roads."

Of the Republican challengers, Elliott, a retired teacher of special-needs children in Clifton, is the more seasoned. …

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