Hometown: Neptune City, NJ
Occupation: Business Owner
Top 3 Issues: School state funding cuts; affordability of living in NJ; excessive taxation
Free-time activity: “I spend an awful lot of time with my wife and three daughters. I have one daughter in college right now – Catholic University. I have another daughter looking to apply to several universities and colleges this fall. So we spend a lot of time traveling around and looking at colleges right now. I also enjoy spending time working around my house. I’m a do-it-yourselfer, so I’ll be working in my yard and garden. And we definitely like to travel.”
Social Media: Facebook
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Hi, my name is Mike Amoroso and I am running to represent District 11 in the New Jersey State Assembly. I was born and raised in Neptune City where I lived for 26 years before building my first home in Neptune Township. I have so many personal experiences with each of the towns across the district. My first job was at Howard Johnson’s in Asbury Park and I grew up on the beaches and boardwalks of Monmouth County. From an early age, I witnessed both of my parents working tirelessly to be champions of education. My mother was a director for the Brookdale Community College Learning Center in Long Branch and my father was a research scientist at Fort Monmouth in Eatontown who taught computer science at Monmouth University.
In 2001, I relocated to Freehold Township with my wife Maria as our family started to grow. I decided that I wanted to become a champion of education just like my parents were. I was elected to the local board of education where my three daughters attended the public schools and I currently serve as board president. In this role, I have come to understand how vitally important state funding is to the quality of our schools.
At the beginning of this year, I was astonished when I discovered that our local Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey voted to cut an outrageous $65 million from our public schools over the next seven years. If our opponents were truly champions of education, then they would not have betrayed their own residents, students, and teachers of Monmouth County by sending these funds to other districts.
This is bigger than a Republican or Democrat issue. I think we can elevate our thinking beyond party affiliation and simply do what is right for our district. Isn’t this why we elect local representatives to fight for us in the New Jersey Assembly? Finally, I would like to express my overall concern for the State of New Jersey. Our seniors cannot afford to retire here and our new college graduates cannot afford to start a life here. This is a major systemic issue for our state. Making New Jersey affordable is a complex but achievable goal, but it has to have some fundamental pillars: strong education system, flourishing small businesses, and competitive taxes. Trenton is failing in all three areas, which creates a downward spiral for our state. Taxes are being either created or increased everywhere and constantly. Poorly funded schools create either higher property taxes or worsening programs, which in turn, make our residents leave and our students move away after college.
Monmouth County taxpayers cannot continue to be the bank for the rest of the state. Trenton needs to learn how to fund all students fairly and lower taxes across the state. My entire candidacy, along with my running mate Matthew Woolley, will be based upon bi-partisanship, fairness, and loyalty to the residents of Monmouth County.