Press Release: Rethinking The New Jersey Public Bank

For Immediate Release
April 17th, 2017

It has been suggested by one of the New Jersey gubernatorial candidates that a public bank, modeled after the public bank in North Dakota, could begin to address New Jersey’s obsession with fiscal irresponsibility. Quite the contrary. In its proposed form it would only open up new avenues for corruption.

New Jersey has made pension promises it cannot keep because Trenton struggles with basic math calculations. We have squandered the Transportation Trust fund because we assumed potholes and bridges would fix themselves. We have allowed the State House itself to deteriorate to the point of physical danger, even though the best and the brightest have roamed its halls for years, witnessing the deterioration and doing nothing. We have bankrupted Atlantic City because we were too incompetent to manage a casino operation that statistically could not lose.

Now, all of a sudden the same team in Trenton can run an advanced public bank?

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Press Release: Big Pharma's Addicted to Opioid Profits

 

For Immediate Release

March 30th, 2017

"We must attack the cause of the [drug] epidemic. We live in a drug culture that promotes the use of painkillers, opioids, and heroin because there’s money in it."

 "We all read the news and hear the stories of neighbors in our communities who are suffering or have died from opiate overdoses. The anguish strikes people of all backgrounds and ages: teenagers, parents, and seniors are at risk. The attention the opiate epidemic receives is laudable. The money we’ve spent on drug-abuse education and treatment is far from inconsequential, but unfortunately, it avoids the cause. We are masking symptoms instead of curing the underlying sickness," said Mark Zinna, candidate for New Jersey Governor.

Pharmaceutical companies market their addictive opioids directly to our children and families. This needs to stop. They spend millions on Super Bowl ads because the marketing buoys their bottom lines. We buy what is advertised; what we are told will make life that much easier. Drugs that kill people should not be marketed on television.

Pharmaceutical companies like Pernix Therapeutics and Purdue Pharma launch false advertising campaigns at us. Their addictive drugs, we are told, will grant us pain-free lives. Then, companies like AstraZeneca, Indivior, and Braeburn Pharmaceuticals produce new drugs to treat symptoms of opiate-use. “Does OxyContin make you sleepy? Here take an amphetamine. Oh, the amphetamine makes it hard to sleep? Take Lunesta. Opioid-use makes you constipated? Have you tried Monvantik?”

The unchecked drug peddling of Big Pharma not only corrupts our trust in doctors, but it also is culpable for the widespread drug abuse we see across New Jersey. They prey on the sick and those in pain because when we take a bump, their stock prices soar.

Our drug culture will not get any better until we ban direct advertising to our families. Unless one has a background in pharmacology, how could one possibly understand which drugs are suitable in a given situation?

Do not buy into the lies that argue in favor of drug pushing. More drugs are not the answer.

Help us save lives and fight for you—not the drug lobby. If you would like to discuss your view on this topic, call us at (201) 851-1970.


Corrupt New Jersey Party Bosses Lock Out Progressive Candidates

For Immediate Release
March 24th, 2017

Corrupt New Jersey Party Bosses Lock Out Progressive Candidates

Somerset, NJ- "Time and again, the corrupt political establishment of New Jersey has displayed a complete and total disregard for openness, transparency, and representative democracy," said Mark Zinna, candidate for New Jersey Governor. "Here we go again, repeating the same mistakes of 2016. What type of deals were made to anoint a Goldman Sachs millionaire as the Democratic candidate? We need to be better as a party. We need to learn from the past. We need to nominate candidates who truly understand the problems facing the people of New Jersey. Instead, the establishment cuts back-room deals that only enrich themselves." 

Multiple Democratic candidates for New Jersey Governor have been frozen out of the nominating process altogether. Somerset is not alone in its disregard for democratic processes. New Jersey must stand up and demand change from the democratic establishment.

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PRESS RELEASE: NEW JERSEY UNITED - A COLLECTIVE APPROACH TO NEW JERSEY'S PENSION CRISIS

For Immediate Release

March 20, 2017

Mark Zinna unveils his revamped pension policy, 'New Jersey United’ (NJU). Mr. Zinna's plan addresses one of the longstanding issues in New Jersey politics: the unwillingness to take responsibility and face the Garden State's issues head-on. Mark Zinna has this to say on his new pension policy:

"Ultimately, we must all take a stand, together, and say enough is enough: corrupt politicians and their cronies will not be allowed to divert funds from the pension fund any longer! Anyone who tells you they can solve the pension crisis without making hard choices is not telling you the truth. Our state has squandered its residents hard-earned money for too long, and with our plan we will begin addressing this, together, with you and everyone else in New Jersey having a seat at the table."

See below the break for the detailed policy proposal.

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PRESS RELEASE: GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE MARK ZINNA REVEALS 'NEW JERSEY CARES' - A DETAILED SINGLE-PAYER HEALTHCARE POLICY

For Immediate Release

March 13, 2017

Mark Zinna unveiled his comprehensive single-payer healthcare plan, 'New Jersey Cares’ (NJC). Mr. Zinna is one of the only Gubernatorial Candidates to support universal single-payer healthcare, and NJC is the only comprehensive single-payer plan any Democratic, Republican, or third party gubernatorial campaign has released.

Mark Zinna says, “It’s 2017. We have the resources necessary to give all New Jerseyans the healthcare they need. The profit-motive does not belong in health care. Healthcare is a human right and a state and nation as wealthy as our own should bend over backwards to provide decent healthcare to all of its people."

NJC promises to solve a host of issues including:
(1) rising premiums, co-payments, and deductibles
(2) Spartan healthcare rationing
(3) Health insurance costs that small business cannot keep up with
(4) The Republican threat to the Affordable Care Act

NJC will cover all New Jerseyans; increase access to women’s health services; and help patients get the care they need when they need it. 

See below the break for the detailed policy proposal.

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