Seth Kaper-Dale, pastor of the ReformedÂ ChurchÂ of HighlandÂ ParkÂ has tossed his cap into the 2017 NJ gubernatorial race as a Green Party candidate.
Section 8 Housing
Kaper-Dale believes that vouchered housing should be available in every NJ municipality.
Kaper-Dale advocates a process be installed that provides a hearing before any parent is deported.
It is unclear whether this is a matter of state or federal jurisdiction
Driverâ€™s Licenses for Aliens
Kaper-Dale advocates issuance of NJ driverâ€™s licenses for all adults, loosening the requirement to prove citizenship at the DMV.
Gender Assignment Surgery
Kaper-Dale believes that gender assignment surgery should be covered by all health insurance plans.
PARCC testing not used for teacher evaluations
Kaper-Dale is opposed to the use of PARCC results in teacher evaluations.
Moratorium on Charter Schools
Kaper-Dale is opposed to the establishment on any more charter schools.
Kaper-Dale advocates a test for all gun laws to determine whether itÂ “unfairly targets communities of color.” After that, he advocates passage of every gun control measure Christie vetoed.
Kaper-Dale describesÂ “a fresh look at taxes,” without advocating an increase, decrease, or the status quo.
Minimum Wage Increase
Kaper-Dale advocates an increase in the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour.
Minimum Wage Employment for Prisoners
Kaper-Dale advocates pay for inmates at the state minimum wage of $8.38 per hour instead of the $1.30 – $10.00 per day that currently obtains.
Minimum wage for inmates would be fine, if the state were not paying for all of an inmates living expenses save medical visit copays at $5.00 per visit and drug copays at $1.00 per prescription.Â In 2016, there are 20,000 inmates in state prisons.Â If half of them worked 40 hours a week, the payroll would be $167 million.
Is Kaper-Dale serious?
Methinks that Kaper-Dale is using a gubernatorial bid to extend his voice beyond the pulpit. Â His messages come from the heart, but they havenâ€™t made it through the filters of logic. Â He lifted his campaign rhetoric from Matthew 20:16.
So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
Kaper-Dale may have been called to the governorâ€™s race, but itâ€™s unlikely he will be chosen.