Jersey City Make It Better is focused on several critical issues: Crime, Transportation, Education, and Government Accountability and Transparency:
Crime is again at a crisis level in Jersey City.
Like many American cities, crime is a major concern in Jersey City. Our community acknowledges that we have a long way to go to address systemic problems that contribute to violent crime. However, we can start making progress by holding the right leaders in city government accountable. Together, we call on senior officials at the Jersey City Police Department to come together with elected officials and community members in each ward to have conversations about addressing crime in our city. We need to know our concerns are being heard and the strategies law enforcement has in place to protect us.
Every aspect of our city's transit system is hurting.
Every aspect of our city’s transportation system is hurting. Commuters are returning to offices and relying on infrastructure that is even more trying than it was before the pandemic. Those commuters choosing to drive instead of using mass transit are plagued with relentless traffic on local roadways and highways alike. Progress made for pedestrians and cyclists through Jersey City’s Vision Zero program have been erased. We need to question public officials at all levels of government about this mobility crisis.
Jersey City’s education system is in a tailspin.
Jersey City’s public schools are failing our children.Sadly, students in Jersey City are far below the state’s standards for math and English proficiency. At the same time, the school budget has increased by more than $300 million in three years with far too little to show for this investment of taxpayer’s dollars. Our schools have the lowest graduation rates in Hudson County. The school district’s administrators and most of the board of education members have offered little in the way of solutions as our taxes go up and the quality of education suffers. We need the board of education to host forums with parents, teachers, and city administration officials to discuss a path forward that puts our children first.
Over the last decade, Jersey City residents have more questions than answers regarding the city’s fiscal responsibility.
Government officials have received double-digit pay increases, contracts are given to unqualified vendors, and taxes and user fees continue to rise with no end in sight. Jersey City is at risk of losing its residents to other area communities with less crime, easier commutes, and better education outcomes. Our community needs to come together to ask questions, meet with our elected officials, and shine a light on our taxpayer-funded government to improve its value.