Speaking at the New Hampshire Housing Summit at Saint Anselm College in Manchester last week, New Jersey Governor and presidential candidate Chris Christie singled out affordable housing as prominent issue, specifically in NH, and something many polticians ignore. Christie noted that housing affordability is rarely discussed along with health and education, despite the connections between the three. "We don't make the correleation because it's one of the really ugly undersides of the American economy," Christie said.
The most recent polls only have Christie getting support from about 3% of Republicans, making him a large underdog, but he's been actively campaigning in New Hampshire nonetheless. I was at the Summit and was a part of the panel that had the oppurtuntiy to question Christie and some other candidates. An issue often brought up was younger adults, specifically those with significant student-loan debt, not being able to find affordable housing in the state. The Survery Center at the University of New Hampshire indiates that 75% of state residents believe housing affordability is an important issue not being discussed enough. The same survey says 35% of residents would be much more likely to vote for a candidate with a detailed, specific plan for addrerssing the issue. Christie admits it's not the "sexiest issue", but is still one we should shift attention to.
As the 2016 presidential election draw closer and campainging in the state gets even more intense, it's safe to assume that housing affordability will become a bigger topic of discussion. I for one have done everything in my power from various trips and at events to make sure those representing us know that it's something that needs to be addressed. I feel it's our duty as American to be vocal about whatever issues are important to YOU.