By U.S. Congressman Steve Rothman
As my 16 years in the U.S. Congress have now ended, completing a total of 25 years in elected office, I have been reflecting on how grateful I am for those years of public service.
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By Mayor Paul Aronsohn, Ridgewood
In times of crisis, Americans pull together. We saw it after the 9/11 attacks. We are seeing it now in the wake of the mass murder in Newtown, Conn. It is what we do. It is who we are.
It is against this backdrop that the president has put forward a proposed post-Hurricane Sandy aid package – one that has garnered support on both sides of the political aisle. Governor Christie supports it. Governor Cuomo supports it. A large bipartisan majority of the U.S. Senate voted for it.
By Sen. Shirley K. Turner
The Newtown, Conn., shooting is the real eye opener for America. No community is immune from the epidemic of violence. Whether an urban gang shooting or a mass shooting in a suburban neighborhood, we are losing too many youth by bloodshed.
As reported by the Centers for Disease Control, homicide is the second leading cause of death among youth; in 2010, 82.8% of victims ages 10 to 24 were killed with a firearm. Our attention should be focused now on reducing violence everywhere.
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By Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula
When faced with a Dec. 14 deadline to decide whether to put New Jersey in control of implementing aspects of federal health care reform, Gov. Chris Christie instead chose to relinquish control to the federal government.
As Robert Laszewski, a prominent insurance industry consultant, pointed out in a Dec. 13 article in The Washington Post, “If you believe in states’ rights and you believe in state control, why would you cede that control?”Read More >
BY NAKIA WHITE I’ve lived in Newark for the last 12 years or so. When I initially moved here family and friends warned that Newark was dangerous and I should reconsider. Cautionary tales in tow-I threw them to the wind and moved to what my Aunt had labeled “a God Forsaken city."Read More >
By Assemblyman Peter J. Barnes III
For the past several weeks, one thought keeps coming into my head: the ancient Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.”
In New Jersey, this is especially true. We just survived one of the longest and most expensive presidential campaigns in the history of our nation. The discussions about the impending fiscal cliff have the entire country on pins and needles.Read More >
By Assemblyman Troy Singleton
The recent super storm known as Hurricane Sandy left an indelible mark upon our state. As we have struggled to regain a sense of normalcy, the resiliency of the Garden State has been on fine display.
The storm also has driven home the point that it is critical for our state to sufficiently address New Jersey’s desperate infrastructure needs. This is not just a physical reality but an economic imperative as well.Read More >
By Rep. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.)
As Congress returns to work this week, there are many contentious issues that need to be addressed. But there is at least one thing we can all agree on: Every baby deserves a healthy start, and reauthorizing the PREEMIE Act will help us toward that goal. November is Prematurity Awareness Month, and there’s no better time than now.
Premature birth is far more common — and more serious — than many people realize. Every day, one in eight infants in the United States is born too soon. Our prematurity rate is one of the highest in the world and is the leading cause of newborn death.
By Patrick Torpey
I met Tom Bonier in the 2000 legislative redistricting process when he played the same consulting role he did in the 2010 redistricting cycle for the N.J. Democrats. Tom is a man of great skill and intellect and played an important part in selling Larry Bartels on the non-responsive iron-clad Democratic Legislative map of the last decade. For this partisan spin master, truly a job well done. And he beat me, one of the GOP consultants in that process.Read More >
The upcoming Hollywood movie American Hustle delves into the seedy side of politics, which, yes, means that it’s set in – of all places - New Jersey.Read More >
Burlington Dems a lock on CD 3 nominee, other candidates still emerge As names of possible Republican replacements for U.S. Rep. John Runyan (R-3) swirl around GOP circles, so do Democratic congressional hopefuls among their respective party organizations. The Republican-leaning district that comprises Burlington and Ocean counties has yet...
By Christopher Durkin Many New Jersey lawmakers have fought to make it easier to vote. And there has been considerable progress in terms of voter access and information. Voter registration has been made easier, with forms available online that... Read More >
"He can't be trusted to run a toll bridge, how can he be trusted to run a country?" - Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19), chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, on Gov. Chris Christie.- MSNBC
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