I am a former Navy helicopter pilot, former federal prosecutor, and mother of four. I have spent my entire life serving our country.

Too many people in New Jersey are concerned about their future. Across our community, our neighbors grapple with how they will afford their homes, their kids’ college tuition, or rising healthcare premiums. Our seniors worry about the future of Social Security and Medicare. Parents worry about the world that our children will inherit. As a mom, I want to build the brightest possible future for all of our children and make sure that New Jersey is a place they can raise families of their own.

Right now, leaders in Congress refuse to work for New Jersey to address these concerns. From a tax bill that hits New Jersey harder than any other state, to the attempt to strip healthcare from 27,000 people in our community and attack Social Security and Medicare, to the lack of a serious infrastructure plan, they continue to pass legislation that hurts our state. Our communities deserve new leadership in Congress – Representatives who will listen and make the tough decisions to improve our quality of life. We need to get back to a place where our leaders in Congress work together to move our country forward regardless of what side of the aisle they occupy.

As a Helicopter Aircraft Commander, I never asked if someone was a Republican or a Democrat before starting a mission. I knew we were all Americans and we all had the same mission.

And my mission now is to bring that experience to Washington, to bring a different kind of leadership to Congress – leadership that will move this country forward and leaders who will listen to people and put their interests ahead of party.

After a lifetime of service in the U.S. Navy and as a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s office, I believe it is important to stand up and serve again.