Wednesday marked the first day in months Vin Gopal wasn't knocking on doors in hopes of garnering support for his New Jersey District 11 state Senate bid. The campaigning, however, hasn't ended now that Gopal won the seat from long-time Republican state Sen. Jennifer Beck. It's changed.
By 10 a.m. — roughly 12 hours after Gopal stood on a chair in a Long Branch restaurant to give his victory speech to a packed crowd of supporters — he was on the phone, starting to fulfill one of his primary campaign promises: cutting costs for taxpayers by consolidating New Jersey's layers of government.
"I'm going to fight. I'm going to campaign up and down the state. I'm going to do town halls. I'm going to do everything I have to make sure that everybody in the state is aware of this issue and that we have the opportunity to save billions of dollars in property taxes," Gopal said in an interview Wednesday with the Asbury Park Press.
"We have to get away from New Jersey's unhealthy addiction to home rule."