Opinion: How Many Politicians Does it Take to Fix a Lake?

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As candidates running to represent Sussex, Warren, and Morris Counties in the State Legislature, my running mate Kate Matteson and I are spending time learning about the needs of Hopatcong residents.  

One of the concerns we hear regularly is that the State has severely neglected Lake Hopatcong. We know that the Christie Administration, enabled by Lake Hopatcong’s one-party delegation to the State Legislature, has intentionally slashed funding by half a million dollars a year for the Lake Hopatcong Commission, which is responsible for keeping the lake clean.

Our region’s lakes, including Lake Hopatcong, are vital resources to our area. Our lakes provide beautiful scenery, and they also draw tourists and support local business. Kate and I understand that investing in our environment is a direct investment in the economic health of our district. Since 2012, our representatives have been playing politics with the lake’s funding and have failed their constituents.  They have settled, and they have asked you, the taxpayer, to settle for less year after year.  

The time has come to open the door to solutions to getting back on track. As the largest lake in the state, Lake Hopatcong deserves representatives who fight for its fair share of state resources.  We are not political insiders playing politics.  We will be working with the majority party, and we have a lot to offer our district. We will bring your hard-earned dollars back from Trenton to invest in our most precious economic and environmental resources.

Kate Matteson & Gina Trish    

Note: The above article is a Opinion that was posted on the Hopatcong Lake Regional News. Where we allow readers to post their opinion.

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