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Thursday, June 8, 2017 8:04 AM

Munoz Concedes Assembly Race, Thanks Supporters

Democracy is a wonderful thing.

Moments ago I called Assemblyman Chiaravalloti and I have conceded the assembly race. I would like to congratulate him, Assemblywoman McKnight, and their campaigns for a hard fought race. It is now prudent and that we congratulate the assemblyman and support him for the best interest of the 31st legislative district.


Monday, June 5, 2017 2:48 PM

We Still Have Work to Do!

We have Less that 24 hours. We still have work to do. 

Lets get to work! 


Monday, June 5, 2017 9:58 AM

Munoz: You have a Choice

On June 6th, you have a choice. You can choose what direction you want the 31st legislative district to move in. Do we want progressive democratic initiatives and progress; do we want change? During this volatile time, when we are under attack by forces outside our district. The party bosses of South Jersey, the Republican controlled White House, Congress, and Governor. We need representatives that will fight for our progressive values.


Friday, June 2, 2017 9:21 AM

Munoz's Candidate Statement

I chose to run for state assembly because as a Bayonne Board of Education Trustee, I saw the difficulties we face as a school district and community with severe state under funding. The Bayonne school district is underfunded by $10.2 million dollars. I believe we need state legislators that will fight for what we as a district deserve. As an educator of 12 years, I know we must invest in our future. Education is the key to that future. But, we must fund it.

Crime and Violence plague our streets. I believe we need more community policing dollars to benefit Jersey City and Bayonne. I want to work with police officers, police unions, elected officials, community leaders, and citizens to formulate a comprehensive plan to tackle this growing problem.


Thursday, June 1, 2017 10:11 AM

Bayonne Board of Education Trustee Mary Jane Desmond supports Munoz

Bayonne Board of Education Trustee Mary Jane Desmond supports Munoz


Wednesday, May 31, 2017 9:03 AM

School Funding Statement

There is nothing wrong with the school funding now. There is a myth that has been perpetuated by the South Jersey political party bosses and Republicans in Trenton; people who live outside of the 31st legislative district that are writing this narrative. The issue with the school funding formula is that it is not fully funded now. The current formula is underfunded by $1.4 billion dollars. That’s Billion with a B.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017 6:30 AM

Meet the Democratic candidates in the 31st District Assembly race

A number of issues loomed over the 31st Legislative District Assembly forum Friday night, when the four Democratic primary candidates vying addressed their constituents at Jersey City's Maya Angelou public school.

The forum, hosted by B.I.T.E. New Jersey and Political Insider, featured all four Democratic candidates.
The two Republican candidates, Michael Alonso and Lauren DiGiaro of the "Drain the Swamp in Trenton" ticket -- who will go unchallenged in the primary election -- were invited but did not attend.

Christopher Munoz and Kristen Zadroga-Hart of the Hudson County Democratic Educator ticket will face off against incumbents Nicholas Chiaravalloti and Angela McKnight, both on the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) ticket.
The top two vote-getters in the June 6 primary will take on the Republican candidates in November's general election.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017 2:00 PM

LETTER: A vote for Munoz and Hart for Assembly is a vote for public schools

In a letter to the editor, Jersey City education activist Gina Verdibello says that voting for Christopher Munoz and Kristen Zadroga Hart in the 31st Legislative District Assembly race is a vote for public schools.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017 9:03 AM

A Voter's Support

I am not one for politics whatsoever. I think the only other person I put out there with my support was when Ray Greaves ran for Assemblyman.


Monday, May 29, 2017 11:29 AM

Memorial Day

Today I remember my Father (Vietnam Veteran) and the other veterans who have passed away -- whether while on duty or after. They exemplify a level of courage that I can only hope to achieve, and they truly have allowed me and others to be able to live the lives we do today.


Monday, May 29, 2017 11:14 AM

Christopher Munoz's Taxes Statement

I purchased a home in 2005. It was a great experience, a sense of accomplishment. I grew up raised by a single mother and I lived in an apartment all of my life. When I brought my home, I felt like I was participating in the American Dream, ownership. But, the American Dream is being strangled and suppressed by the burden of taxation. When I purchased my home in 2005, I was paying $8,900 a year in taxes, now; I am close to $14,000 a year.


Saturday, May 20, 2017 1:26 PM

Out of Touch: New Jersey's proposed Coffee Ban

Banning coffee is wrong. New Jersey drivers depend on their morning cup to navigate thru an expensive commute worsened by a gas tax increase, that is now the highest in the country.

 


Thursday, May 18, 2017 6:56 PM

Christopher Munoz's personal statement regarding the Mayor Davis Scandal

As a Candidate for State Assembly (31st Legislative District), I would be negligent in not making a statement against the abhorrent behavior of Mayor Jimmy Davis' Sexting scandal.



Thursday, May 18, 2017 10:31 AM

NJ Auto Insurance: The Highest in the Nation

For the fifth consecutive year, New Jersey motorists paid the highest car insurance premiums in the nation, according to a new report by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.



Wednesday, May 17, 2017 10:08 AM

Fixing the NJ Student Debt Crisis

The U.S. has more than $1.3 trillion in outstanding student loan debt, and over 40 million Americans are carrying student loan debt. Not only does this place a tremendous financial burden on students, it’s a drag on the economy as a whole.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017 9:21 AM

NJ Public Employee Pension Crisis

For too long, politicians have ignored one of the major issues facing the state — the looming public pension crisis. In doing so, they completely underestimate the public’s knowledge and furor about the issue.

 


Monday, May 15, 2017 3:42 PM

Voter Registration Deadline

Tomorrow is the voter registration deadline for the June 6th Primary. May 16, 2017 (Tuesday). 21 Days before the election.


Monday, May 15, 2017 11:48 AM

Out of Touch: Only In New Jersey

Out of Touch. Only in New Jersey would someone try to regulate how you grieve. My opponent has proposed legislation to regulate roadside memorials in the State of New Jersey.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017 6:07 PM

Join Christopher Munoz in the Fight for Fair Funding!

Bayonne has been underfunded by the State of NJ for years. 

We can no longer afford to wait and just accept what the state gives us. Bayonne deserves to have the same equal access to fair funding that other districts and municipality receive. 

Every year, Bayonne's educational system is underfunded by $10.2 million dollars. Cumulatively, that is $51 million dollars over a five year period. 

 


Saturday, May 6, 2017 9:15 PM

May Day Poll Shows Chiaravalloti Very Vulnerable

May Day Poll Shows Chiaravalloti Very Vulnerable.

An online poll was conducted yesterday by InsiderNJ.com where the question was asked, "Who is the Most Vulnerable Incumbent in the Legislature this Year?" Readers had the choice between 13 different incumbent legislators.


Thursday, May 4, 2017 3:58 PM

Christopher Munoz's personal statement regarding NJEA endorsement

I am disappointed that the Jersey City Education Association and Hudson County Education Association recommended to the NJEA PAC Committee to endorse Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti. I believe that this decision was predicated on politics and not merit.

While it may be a momentary disappointment not to receive the NJEA endorsement, I recognize that the JCEA, HCEA, and NJEA PAC leadership made a political decision. However, I am heartened by the overwhelmingly favorable support and responses I have received from individual NJEA members, particularly from Bayonne and Jersey City.

I understand that the power and momentum of the NJEA lies with its membership and not the leadership or political cronyism.

Regardless of a decision that was charged by "typical" Hudson County politics, I will continue to fight for the cause of education in the 31st legislative district and the State of New Jersey. I will continue to fight for the schools, students, teachers, and staff by advocating for adequate funding, fighting meaningless standardized testing, working towards fixing the pension crisis, increasing school safety, and advocating for the teaching profession.

Educationally Yours,
Christopher Munoz
Candidate, N.J. State Assembly 31st Legislative District




Tuesday, April 25, 2017 4:43 PM

Munoz links Chiaravalloti to Christie in ad

 

On the Bayonne side of the District 31 Assembly race, off-the-line Democratic candidate Christopher Munoz is linking incumbent Nick Chiaravalloti with Gov. Chris Christie (R) when it comes to education funding.

“My opponent’s failed campaign promise to bring back additional funding to our school districts while in the state legislature, has allowed our governor to abandon his obligation to fully fund the education formula thus placing a greater financial burden on local taxpayers,” Munoz said in a statement.
“This is unacceptable, inexcusable, and irresponsible. As a parent of two children, who attend Bayonne public schools, I am committed to protecting public education.”
In the campaign commercial, the narrator says that the state education formula is still not fully funded while Bayonne property taxes continue to increase.
“While Governor Christie and the state legislature have failed to fully fund the education formula, Bayonne property taxes continue to rise.”
“According to the Education Law Center, local tax levies have risen nearly 21 percent. [This year], cumulative underfunding at the state level has topped eight billion dollars,” the commercial says.
The commercial ends by stating outright that Christie and Chiaravalloti have been one in the same in several instances.
“Gov. Christie and Assemblyman Chiaravalloti: failing education, failing taxpayers, failing New Jersey.”
Chiaravalloti said he was “disappointed” in his opponent going negative and rejected the ad as “alternative facts.”
“I’m disappointed that my opponent has chosen to follow the Trump method of creating alternative facts, but the reality is that the Bayonne school system is some of the most underfunded schools districts in New Jersey,” he told Hudson County View over the phone.
“In the past eight years, Christie has declared war on our teachers and public schools. In the past 14 months, I have advocated for funding in Bayonne public schools. I think one of the reasons why the Jersey City Education Association decided to endorse me was because they know I’ve been standing with the public schools in the past 14 months.”
The Assemblyman added that the Bayonne Public Schools have been consistently underfunded for the past 27 years, specifically under Christie’s tenure, further stating that an audit is being performed at the board of education due to his request.
Chiaravalloti also said that he will be part of an emergency meeting tomorrow morning with Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32), Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia McGeehan and state Department of Education Commissioner Kimberly Harrington regarding the Bayonne school board’s ongoing budget woes.
In response, Munoz said that he didn’t feel the ad was particularly negative and reiterated that a 2015 campaign promise from Chiaravalloti and McKnight was to bring more funding to the 31st Legislative District – which still hasn’t happened.
Munoz is running with veteran Jersey City Education Association operative Kristen Zadroga Hart against Chiaravalloti and Angela McKnight.
They will face off in the June 6 Democratic primary election.


Friday, April 7, 2017 4:36 PM

Munoz speaks to supporters in Bayonne

 

Bayonne Board of Education Trustee Christopher Munoz spoke out about school funding, the Transportation Trust Fund and the state pension at his first Assembly fundraiser Wednesday night at the Villa Maria.

“There’s something that I’ve often said and that is: education should be left in the hands of educators, not legislators,” said fellow Bayonne BOE Trustee Mary Jane Desmond while introducing Munoz.
“It couldn’t possibly get better to have a public school educator who helps children going through public schools, go to Trenton and tell them what it’s like about being involved in public schools with public funds not coming back from the district.”
Handing off the mic after calling Munoz “our next Assemblyman from Bayonne,” the candidate spoke about school funding, pensions, and healthcare have been major concerns during the recent campaign cycle.
Munoz, who is running against Hudson County Organization-backed incumbents Nick Chiaravalloti and Angela McKnight, vocalized how to push state funding for underfunded school systems without burdening tax payers.
“My experience sitting on the board of education, and seeing the difficulties day after day, of what the district is really going through is what made me run for state Assembly,” Munoz told a room of about 75 supporters.
“Alright, we can have a great educational system, but we need to hold the state accountable: we need to make them pay their fair share. It is not fair that we put the burden completely on the Bayonne taxpayer. The state has got to pay their fair share.”
With New Jersey facing transportation funding drawbacks, he then confirmed to verify that the Transportation Trust Fund is utilized throughout Hudson County.
“I want to ensure that the Transportation [Trust] Fund is used for Hudson County and we get those pedestrian bridges on 440 that we so desperately need,” said Munoz.
He also mentioned how he aims to fix the NJ pension system crisis that when combined with local unfunded healthcare, tops at approximately $178 billion in fiscal liability, according to the State of New Jersey Debt Report from 2015.
“I would like to add a constitutional amendment to the New Jersey Constitution. I would like to add an amendment the fully funds the public employee pension system. Not only is it the right thing to do to take care of our teachers, our fireman, and our police officers, it’s actually a smart fiscal thing to do,” said Munoz.
Munoz also critiqued the Gov. Chris Christie (R) administration by implying the state’s credit is continually reduced costing millions in fees and lost tax payer dollars.
As Hudson County View first reported, Munoz is joined in his off the line campaign by veteran Jersey City Education Association operative Kristen Zadroga Hart.
The Democratic primary election is on June 6.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017 1:54 PM

Munoz Declares Candidacy

Bayonne Board of Education (BBOED) Trustee and Hoboken High School teacher, Christopher Munoz, officially announced his candidacy for the 31st District NJ General Assembly seat, a two-year term, currently occupied by Nicholas Chiaravalloti.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017 12:00 AM

Sources: Bayonne BOE trustee, veteran JCEA operative running for Assembly

Sources: Bayonne BOE trustee, veteran JCEA operative running for Assembly

By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Christopher Munoz was elected to the Bayonne BOE in November 2015, the first BOE election in the Peninsula City in 35 years.


He has largely been an independent voice on the board and was rumored to be mulling a council run in 2018 before deciding to run for the Assembly.
Meanwhile, Kristen Zadroga Hart, a Jersey City teacher, has served as a campaign manager and spokeswoman for BOE slates backed by the JCEA.
In the past three years, BOE tickets running with the support of the JCEA have won eight of the past nine contested seats on the board.


Neither Munoz or Hart could be reached for comment this morning, but multiple sources told Hudson County View that the candidates had already received the necessary signatures to file their petitions for nomination.


Munoz and Hart will challenge incumbents Nick Chiaravalloti and most likely Angela McKnight, though the latter was recently expected to make a run for state Senate.
Chiaravalloti and McKnight easily won the June Democratic primary in 2015 before coasting to election in November.


The filing deadline for candidates to run in the June 6 primary election is April 3.


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