Samuel Fiocchi, a Cumberland County freeholder, is running for state Assembly in the 1st Legislative District.
Fiocchi, 58, of Vineland, is retired from his family agri-business in Vineland and maintains a real-estate license. He served on Gov. Chris Christie's transition team after the 2009 election.
He served on the Vineland Zoning Board, belongs to the Union League and is a lector in St. Padre Pio Parish.
"I stepped out of my business to dedicate myself to public service," he said of his election as a county freeholder.
Fiocchi said lawmakers need to encourage job growth and tax cuts to keep residents from fleeing to cheaper states that promise more opportunities.
"So many people are leaving New Jersey. My sons are still here and I want them to be able to stay," he said. "We have the highest taxed residents in the country. I want to get that down and make it more affordable for people to stay."
Suzanne Walters, the mayor of Stone Harbor since 1997, is running for state Assembly in the 1st Legislative District.
Walters, 64, is a former member of the Stone Harbor Board of Education and is former president of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors. She is third vice president of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.
She is a graduate of St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
Walters was named the Outstanding Woman in Government by the New Jersey Association of Elected Women Officials and was chosen Mayor of the Year by the New Jersey Conference of Mayors.
Walters said her extensive municipal experience will be an asset as a lawmaker.
"The state is in such turmoil right now. Having all the municipal experience I have, I think I can help," she said.
She said her focus will be on cutting state spending and encouraging job growth, especially in southern New Jersey.
"We have to find a way to create year-round jobs. We have to make the climate better for businesses to be in New Jersey," she said.