Hi, my name is Chris Sheldon, and I am the editor of Long Branch-Eatontown Patch. I have lived in West Long Branch and Long Branch for most of my life, with a quick stopover in Rhode Island. I graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2008 with B.A. in journalism. I have worked at two hyperlocal news publications before joining Patch, and now I am excited to cover the area where I grew up.
Feel free to contact me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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* How would you describe your political beliefs?
I am an Independent and often vote for the candidates I feel best represent my beliefs.
* How religious would you say you are? Casual, observant, devout, non-religious?
I was raised Catholic and try to go to church as often as I can.
Local Hot Button Issues
What do you think are the two or three most important issues facing the community?
Long Branch and West Long Branch are facing a 2-percent levy cap next year which will make balancing the budget a difficult task. Challenges for Long Branch and West Long Branch residents and elected officials include stabilizing the tax rate without a significant reduction in public services and figuring out which luxuries the township, unfortunately, cannot afford.
* Where do you stand on each of these issues?
I feel officials should keep the services which the towns need the most and try to cut down on any unnecessary spending.