Shore-area residents offer incoming U.S. Senator Cory Booker advice on assuming the office; click on any picture to read what they have to say:
Joseph Yaccarino, Mickey’s Barber Shop – I’d tell him to clean up the corruption in Washington. They need to clean house, empty them all out. To allow the government to be shut down like that – that’sinexcusable. They get their pay. It didn’t stop. They don’t care about the rest of the country. It never should have happened.
Karen Cutillo w/Cutie Pie, Ocean Grove – Don’t forget the little people on your way up with the big people. I think that’s good advice. I think he did a great job in Newark, and I hope it continues.
Maria Day, Neptune – Stay off Twitter- just kidding. Focus on jobs. Definitely. We need jobs more then anything in America. Get manufacturing back on line. Wouldn’t you like to see some more ‘Made in America’ products? I know I would.
Ginnie Dufresne, Ocean Grove – Keep an open mind. Don’t just jump on the bandwagon and vote along party lines. And remember the little people who elected him.
Mary Beth Dugan w/Harrison, Avon – I’d tell him to stick to your guns. Do what you say you’re going to do, and don’t play party politics. Make a difference.
David Felder, Long Branch – Congress is failing the people who put then there. So follow your heart instead of the party. Stay true to who you are.
Jeramie Harris, Asbury Park – Crack down on the corrupt politicians. They drain money from people who really need it. And the school system. We need to give more support to the kids. More learning and not just sports.
Ranvelle Hobdy, Neptune – I would tell him to stay focused and remain on track with the budget. We need to figure out ways to create more jobs for the unemployed and make sure there’s enough money to pay them. That’s about it.
Hedy Aliaga & Magda Kagian, Little Falls – We hope you do all the things that you said you would do. We need an honest New Jersey. We’re happy that he’s friends with Governor Christie. We need a two party government in New Jersey.
Wayne Mahatha, Trenton – As a Senator, we’ve had a lot of pressing issues. In New Jersey unemployment is still high. The influx of drugs into our communities. The educational system needs to be revamped. Right now it’s not cost effective and results in high taxes. We need to consolidate like they have done in the other states, to save money and lower taxes. I’m a property owner with no kids and I’m paying a lot of taxes,. And I’d ask him to pay attention to New Jersey and our problems. Don’t get distracted by other ambitions.
Aline Sheehan, Asbury Park – From what I hear, he was doing a good job in Newark. I think we need to focus on what’s going on with young people today. There is no future for them. We need to pay attention to them. I believe in a second chance. If they make a mistake they need a second chance. We need to help them.
Janet Torsney, Asbury Park – I think he needs to stay strong. Don’t let Washington politics make you crazy. The economy, marriage equality, jobs, healthcare. He’ll have plenty to keep him busy.