Hometown: Wellesley, MA
Top 3 Issues: Get state reinvestment in District 23, expansion of transportation in District 23 (and repair of existing stations, a one-seat ride to NYC at existing stations), reducing healthcare costs.
Free-time activity: “Right now, I’m employed full-time, I’m running for public office, and I have a five-year-old, and today [August 9th, 2019] is my son’s third birthday. So I don’t have a ton of free time. Usually, when I have any free time, I love to spend it with my kids and with my family. Anything my kids like to do, that’s generally what I like to do. On the rare occasions when I have time for myself, I do like to go out with my friends, try various New Jersey restaurants. I love to go to the movies, love to go to the beach. I kind of subscribe to the old adage that ‘I’ll sleep when I die.’”
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My name is Marisa Trofimov and I am running for Assembly in Legislative District 23. When I was 10-years-old, my community experienced a horrible murder/suicide involving a kindergartener caught in the middle of a brutal custody battle. The event rocked our community’s sense of safety and caused my 10-year-old self to question why no one in a position of authority had done anything to protect the little boy. I promised myself then and there, even at the age of 10, that I would do everything in my power during my life to stand up for those who don’t have a voice. That promise is still a driving force in my life and is one of the major reasons I am running for State Assembly in the 23rd Legislative District of New Jersey.
That promise led me to make a lot of decisions in my life. It led me to attend Yale University and to work on Capitol Hill for Senator Patty Murray, working on issues like the Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA). It later drove me to choose Seton Hall Law School and to pick a legal career fighting for the rights of individuals, rather than corporate interests.
More recently, I looked at my then 2-year-old and 4-year-old children and asked myself who was protecting them and their futures. When my answer was “no one,” I knew I had to run for public office because we can do so much better for our children’s futures. We need new blood in Trenton to think outside the box and outside of traditional party lines in order to actually fix our State’s problems.
We need to reduce health care costs for all our residents and make sure we protect our neighbors with preexisting conditions.
With the drinking water supply for 1.2 million New Jersey residents in our District, I will make it a priority to protect our drinking water and clean air.
As a mom of kids who attend public school in our District and have been doing active shooter lockdown drills, I will make sure our children are physically safe and that our District’s schools are getting fair funding from the State.
And one of my biggest priorities will be getting much-needed State reinvestment in our District. We need to preserve our rural, bucolic feel, but we also need to promote responsible growth and give our young people a reason to stay.
My running mate and I envision a bus transportation hub on Route 78 to take residents to various locations throughout the State, not just to New York City.
I will also demand to have one of the two rail lines already studied and planned by NJ Transit built through our District, ending in Phillipsburg and get our existing District train stations repaired and equipped with better service.
We need new voices in Trenton, ones who will effectively advocate for our District. It’s time that Legislative District 23 got the attention and reinvestment it deserves from Trenton. I’m Marisa Trofimov and I’m running for State Assembly in Legislative District 23. I want to be our District’s voice in Trenton. Please vote for King/Trofimov in November.