Too often local government lacks an easy outlet for constituents to weigh in on policies that directly affect them. Not having this resource for citizens to get engaged in current legislation hinders the public’s trust in government.
What was the problem?
What is the solution?
Assemblymember Troy Singleton established an online tool, called Citizen Co-Sponsor, which allows every citizen to engage in the legislative process by co-sponsoring policy initiatives. Thus, the tool helps gather input from constituents about what programs and policies matter most to them. It is a natural evolution of time-honored constituent outreach. It uses modern technology to provide a direct line of feedback to their representative.
Through this new tool, residents can offer immediate
feedback on any proposals going through the New Jersey State Assembly. By allowing every citizen to engage in the legislative process by co-sponsoring policy initiatives, this tool is helping increase their trust in government.
The success of the tool is measured through its usage by constituents.
President Obama started a similar initiative to engage the American people. The foundation of our government is ingrained in the hallowed words of our Constitution: "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
Inherent in this declaration of common purpose and governance is the notion that our government is created for and run by the people of our country, not any one political ideology or party. The strength of that belief is only manifested in the full participation of the citizenry in our democracy. After all, it's your government so let your voice be heard!
That's why the Citizen Co-Sponsor Campaign is important. Through this campaign constituents will be able to offer insights into the legislation that is being debated in the halls of Trenton. Any engaged citizen will be able to voice their position, for or against proposals, to politicians and offer instant feedback on legislation as it makes its way through Trenton.