I’m a Republican but I’m from New Jersey. So that means we probably think more alike than you want to admit.

I’m more like ‘Alex P. Keaton conservative’ – not the rockin’ rollin’ Palin tea baggers.

Here’s one thing I want to make clear: I don’t vote based on social issues. Why? I find them distracting.

I believe that we’re sophisticated enough as a society to push through an individual’s personal agenda to get things done for progress.

Citizenship doesn’t come with term limits.

Marriage equality didn’t become legal because President Obama went on television and said his views ‘evolved’ or that the federal government shouldn’t interfere with same-sex marriages.

Marriage equality is something that we’ve all been working towards through activism for a long time. The President jumped on a trend, he didn’t set it. Nor did he write it into law.

So for those of you that worry about a pro-life, anti-gay marriage, gun-slingin’ cowboy getting into the White House, relax.

It’s all about the electoral votes.

There’s a lot more at stake once that person becomes President.

We’re eventually going to earn equal pay, family leave, legalized marijuana, and healthcare that everyone can afford – regardless of who takes Oath of Office next January.

Planned Parenthood isn’t going anywhere. And gun control – it’s a slow road for any political party. I think we can all agree that our grandchildren will read history books and ask us why we treated each other like savages.

What I care about is how we pay for things, specifically – how I pay for things as a small business owner.

Without boring you with specifics, I choose to vote Republican on the municipal and State level more times than not. Sometimes I swing a vote the other way. Cory Booker is the one of the best Senators in this state and beyond. He deserves my vote. I hope he elevates his game to the national level someday.

But back to this election.:

What’s a Young Republican to do?

Jeb Bush: I would probably vote for Jeb! in the General Election. He’s the most qualified candidate and moderate conservative in this Republican field. I wonder how he’d do in 2000. (Barbara is wondering the same thing). I wish these primary debates weren’t school yard brawls.

Ben Carson: I think we all have respect for the guy. But if you haven’t watched “Bad Lip Reading” of any of the debates, go do so right now.

Chris Christie: His approval ratings in NJ are reflective of how we all feel about each other: Neighbor got a new car? You know you’re at the dinner table wondering how he paid for it. We all secretly dislike each other. That said, instead of returning to the state during Snowstorm Jonas with the steady hand of leadership that he showed during and after SuperStorm Sandy, he caused more bottleneck for his political career than traffic in Fort Lee. Quite frankly, I’m tired of mopping up his mess.

Ted Cruz: He’s a special kind of crazy. You know, the kind that will add Boxing Day to our calendar. Some might just call that Canadian.

John Kasich: Talk about a guy who likes to say “I was there when…”

Marco Rubio: Call me fickle, but I still can’t get over ‘the sip’ during his SOTU rebuttal.

Donald Trump: He was great at Wrestlemania 23 (the highest grossing WM of all-time) in a Hair vs. Hair battle with Vince McMahon. I like Trump. But I’d like him more if he ran on his true beliefs and values (albeit New York, ones)…and even more if he didn’t run at all.

It’s tough associating with a party that can’t find it’s base or nominate a socially aware candidate who doesn’t need to appeal to Bible-wielding Christians running to the primary polls with pitchforks.

But after Bernie Sanders stepped outside the Oval Office yesterday saying his campaign is doing well, I think a young Democrat finds herself with the same dilemma.