By Minhaj Hassan | February 4th, 2013 - 3:05pm
| More

TRENTON - The Senate Health Committee released bill S2490, which would set aside no more than $1 million in so-called bridge funds for crisis groups receiving Violence Against Women Act grants.

The funds would go to the state Department of Law and Public Safety in Grants-in-Aid as a bridge to support Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) grantees who may lose federal funds after June 1, 2013, due to Congressional inaction. The bridge funds would enable agencies receiving the grants to continue providing services and education.

The VAWA Bridge Fund Act states that “these grants would allow grantees to provide limited services until the United States Congress reauthorizes VAWA grant funding.”

Phyllis Adams of Women Aware, a Middlesex-County based group that helps domestic violence victims, supported the measure and described domestic violence as a social justice issue. She said that since 1994, VAWA funds have helped fund domestic violence response teams and legal advocacy programs.

“Help us save the lives of women,” Adams said.

However, Sen. Robert Singer (R-30) of Lakewood and Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) of Edgewater, were concerned about where the state is going to find the money from to provide the bridge funds.

 It was not specifically known.

“We can’t even meet our budget right now,” Allen said. “We don’t have a million dollars to put there.”

She added, “Unless I know where that money is coming from…it’s really an exercise in futility.”

Nonetheless, she and Singer voted yes. But the other two Republican senators, Sen. Dawn Addiego (R-8) of Evesham and Sen. Sam Thompson (R-11), of Old Bridge, abstained.

Thompson said he needs more information on what happens in case the program runs out of money

Andrea Spencer-Linzie of NJ CASA (Coalition Against Sexual Assault) said the bridge funds will help keep the crisis response intact

Spencer-Linzie said an estimated 38,000 women in New Jersey, 18 and older suffer sexual assault, each year.  If those under age 18 are include, the number is probably double that, she said.

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: August 22nd

Fight of the Week: Donovan v. Pascrell Fight of the Week Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan v. U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ) http://www.politickernj.com/79736/fight-week-donovan-v-pascrell     Paramus mayor's race: Candidates in closely-divided Bergen borough spar over taxes, towing issues PARAMUS - When voters go to the polls in November...

Op-Ed

White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >

Contributors

(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
(8-20-14) Can You Take the ‘Partisan’ out of ‘Partisan Politics’? - Redistricting will not take place for another seven years. Yet the debate has already... more »
    My Richard Nixon Ambivalence   Today is the fortieth anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation address to the nation on August 8, 1974. At that time, I was ambivalent about... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"But things get touchy between LaBarbiera and LoCicero when it comes to taxes, the bete noire of politics in the statewide election bellwether, Bergen County."

- PolitickerNJ

Poll

Is President Barack Obama too aloof from politics?:

Blogroll

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources