Jennifer Chuang is a life-long resident of the Burlington County community of Moorestown. She grew up there, graduated from Moorestown High School, married her high school sweetheart, and returned to the town after college and medical school to raise her two young children. She’s an adolescent pediatrician and medical school instructor in Philadelphia. And like many others, she had limited interest in politics until the Trump disaster.
The “election” of Donald Trump spurred her to action. With the disdain for evidence-based legislation at the national level, and sometimes at the state level, she decided to act and is running for the New Jersey General Assembly in District 7.
Because she has not been part of the political establishment, this lifelong Democrat doesn’t appear on the party line. She acknowledges that the two candidates (incumbent Dr. Herb Conaway and political staffer Carol Murphy) are well-qualified to hold an assembly seat. But she feels that there is a big need for a pediatrician to help influence legislation that passes through the chamber. So she’s taken the risk and thrown her hat in the ring for the Democratic nomination.
She’ll be running in the June primary against Conaway and Murphy and will be bracketed with Jim Johnson. Last night, she kicked off her campaign in her home town in front of an audience of over a hundred people. In addition to health care, she spoke about education, state pensions, gun safety, LGBT rights, and other pressing issues. Here are some of her remarks: