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Lance Statement on Effort to Confront ISIS Threat

Lance Statement on Effort to Confront ISIS Threat

 

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FIGHTING THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG AND HEROIN EPIDEMIC: WHAT THE SENATE SPONSORS ARE SAYING

FIGHTING THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG AND HEROIN EPIDEMIC: WHAT THE SENATE SPONSORS ARE SAYING

Democratic and Republican members of the New Jersey State Senate announced today that they will introduce a comprehensive bill package to tackle the heroin and prescription drug epidemic that is occurring across the state. The package, consisting of 21 bills, will focus on the need to improve paths to evidence-based prevention, treatment and recovery efforts for those addicted to opiates.

“Easy access to prescription drugs that are left sitting in people’s medicine cabinets often is a gateway to serious addictions for young people looking for ways to get high,” said Senator Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic), sponsor of S-2369 and S-2370. “By alleviating the core problem of unused drugs in the home with increased awareness and education on proper disposal and more places for people to drop off leftover prescription medication, we can remove these temptations from the household.”

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LEGISLATORS ANNOUNCE BIPARTISAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG AND HEROIN ABUSE PACKAGE

LEGISLATORS ANNOUNCE BIPARTISAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG AND HEROIN ABUSE PACKAGE

Legislation Will Increase State’s Prevention and Education Efforts, Improve Treatment and Recovery Options

TRENTON Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee Chairman Joseph F. Vitale along with bipartisan legislators from both the Senate and General Assembly announced today they will introduce a comprehensive bill package to tackle the heroin and prescription drug epidemic that is occurring across the state. The package, consisting of 21 bills, will focus on the need to improve paths to evidence-based prevention, treatment and recovery efforts for those addicted to opiates.

“The loss of life to heroin and prescription drugs has reached epidemic proportions here in New Jersey and it is time that we take a comprehensive look at ways we can reduce the occurrences of these overdoses,” said Senator Vitale, D-Middlesex. “The war-on-drugs approach has not worked. The legislation does not seek to punish those who are suffering from addiction. Instead, we have taken the approach that would improve access to education and treatment. By reviewing ways to educate parents and families on the risks of becoming addicted to prescription medication and ensuring those who need help can gain access to it, we can reverse the rapid trend of increasing opiate addiction and overdose deaths across the state. We cannot continue to stand idly by and allow more of our children to succumb to the disease of addiction.”

“We must take urgent action to reverse the number of prescription drug and opiate deaths occurring in New Jersey,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney. “Last year alone, we lost over 550 people to this disease, many of them young adults. Throughout the fall, the Legislature will be tackling this important issue to ensure that we do not lose any more of our residents to overdose death.”

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Lance Votes To Audit The Fed

Lance Votes To Audit The Fed

 

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SENATOR POU’S ‘LET THEM BE LITTLE ACT’ NOW LAW

Inspired by Testimony of Elmwood Park Couple, Measure Will Provide for Screening Newborn Infants for Hunter Syndrome

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TURNER ACTS TO KEEP POLITICAL FAVORITISM AWAY FROM PENSION INVESTMENTS

TRENTON — Acting to keep political favoritism away from the investments of public pension funds, Senator Shirley Turner will introduce legislation on Thursday that would apply the same pay-to-play prohibitions on contributions to national political organizations by private investors that apply at the state level. The bill would also require more transparency by the State Investment Council, requiring the public disclosure of private money managers and the fees they receive for managing pension investments.

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Allen Passes Out School Supplies to Students in Palmyra, Beverly City

Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) today provided school supplies to more than 175 preschool and kindergarten students in Palmyra and Beverly City in partnership with the National Foundation for Women Legislators and Office Depot Inc.

Sackpacks filled with pencil cases and supplies donated by Office Depot Inc. were given to students at Palmyra Charles Street School and Beverly City School. NFWL has a longstanding partnership with the office supply store chain to provide students across the country with needed supplies.

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NJ KEEP IT GREEN KICKS OFF CAMPAIGN URGING NEW JERSEYANS TO VOTE YES ON PUBLIC QUESTION 2 THIS NOVEMBER

“This measure is about keeping our drinking water clean and protecting our children’s futures,” said Kelly Mooij, coordinator of NJ Keep It Green. “By voting yes on Question 2 in November we can help preserve the quality of life that we value here in New Jersey.”

 

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AFP APPLAUDS CONGRESSMAN LANCE FOR BACKING DEATH TAX REPEAL

AFP Applauds Congressman Lance for Backing Death Tax Repeal

MONMOUTH JUNCTION – Americans for Prosperity applauds Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) for calling for death tax repeal. Yesterday, Congressman Lance announced that he has joined a coalition of thirty lawmakers asking the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives to bring to a vote a repeal of the federal estate tax, or “Death Tax.”

 

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Rumana Looks Forward to Working on TTF Solutions

Rumana Looks Forward to Working on TTF Solutions  

Assembly Republican Whip Scott Rumana (R-Passaic), who is the ranking member on the Assembly Transportation Committee, released the following statement regarding today’s press conference held by Forward NJ, a coalition of state-based organizations seeking solutions to fund New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund (TTF):

“Republicans welcome the opportunity to discuss practical solutions that fix the state’s Transportation Trust Fund. We look forward to working on the best approach that offers long-term, sustainable solutions. We must have a constructive dialogue that recognizes the extent of the problem and realistic suggestions to repair critical parts of our infrastructure while keeping taxpayers’ interests as a top priority.”

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Lance Calls for Estate Tax Repeal

Lance Calls for Estate Tax Repeal

 

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O’Toole Calls on PVWC to Immediately Halt Garret Mountain Project; Schedules Stakeholder Meeting

Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) calls on the Passaic Valley Water Commission to immediately halt its planned $135 million GarretMountain reservoir project that stands to impact people’s drinking water, property values, utility rates and the environment.

“Given the overwhelming opposition and concerns by the surrounding community, I’m calling on the water commission to stop all work on this project immediately,” O’Toole said. “It is unacceptable for a major project that impacts so many people’s lives in various ways to be schemed behind closed doors, without public input.”

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AFP: 29-MEMBER COALITION URGES GOV. CHRISTIE TO SUPPORT DEATH TAX REPEAL

AFP: 29-Member Coalition Urges Gov. Christie to Support Death Tax Repeal

TRENTON – On the heels of a press conference at the capitol yesterday, a broad coalition supporting the repeal of New Jersey’s death tax, or estate tax, is also calling on Gov. Christie to support the effort.

 

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TURNER: ‘STOP HANDOUTS TO WEALTHY CORPORATIONS THAT AVOID TAX OBLIGATIONS’

TRENTON — Senator Shirley Turner (D-Mercer, Hunterdon) has introduced a package of bills to prevent taxpayer funds from being used to subsidize companies that engage in corporate inversions, a tax-avoidance scheme where American businesses merge with foreign companies and shift their income overseas to avoid paying U.S. corporate tax rates. Senator Turner’s legislation would disqualify these businesses from receiving state subsidies and bar New Jersey’s pension fund from investing in them.

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Lesniak: ‘NJ Study Commission on Violence Must Sharpen Its Focus on Domestic Violence and Child Abuse’

Trenton – Senator Raymond Lesniak issue the following statement on Tuesday calling on the New Jersey Study Commission on Violence, formed by legislation he sponsored that also declared violence a public health crisis, to “sharpen its focus” on domestic violence:

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Dancer Bill Increases Penalties for Terroristic Death Threats Against Police Officers

Dancer Bill Increases Penalties for Terroristic Death Threats Against Police Officers

(Trenton, NJ) – Threatening to kill a law enforcement officer will result in increased penalties under legislation Assemblyman Ron Dancer has introduced. The bill is in response to alleged recent threats made by gang members to target police officers in Jersey City.

In July, cops shot and killed a man who murdered Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago, who was responding to a report of an armed robbery at a local Walgreens. According to media accounts, gang members called for retaliation following the gunman’s shooting.

“Whether these threats were real or exaggerated in this particular incident is inconsequential. Any threat to kill a law enforcement officer is a very serious matter and should be treated as such,” said Dancer, R-Ocean, Monmouth, Burlington and Middlesex. “Police officers put their lives on the line every day. They should be afforded every protection under the law. Individuals who seek to threaten them need to know they will face significant jail time and monetary penalties.”

Dancer’s bill, A-3611, extends the definition of terroristic threats under current statute to include threats against law enforcement officers. It upgrades the crime of threatening to kill a law enforcement officer from a third to second degree crime, which calls for a five-to-10-year prison term, a maximum fine of $150,000 or both. Under current law, the penalty is three-to-five years, a $15,000 fine or both.

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Garrett ducking Cho's debate challenge

No Response Two Weeks After Challenge for 6 Debates

Ridgewood, NJ -- Roy Cho, candidate for Congress in the 5th District, today recognized two weeks since he challenged Tea Party Congressman Scott Garrett to a series of debates across northern New Jersey by announcing that he has received no response at all from the incumbent.

In a letter sent September 2 via certified mail to Garrett’s home and campaign addresses and via an email through Garrett’s campaign website, Cho offered a plan for six debates across the district, which covers 79 municipalities in Bergen, Passaic, Sussex, and Warren counties.

“Our communities deserve the opportunity to hear from Scott Garrett and me in an open debate,” said Cho. “The differences between us and our views, between a vision of bipartisan cooperation and a record of Tea Party extremism, between a vision of opportunity for all and a record of opportunity for some, are stark. If Scott Garrett believes so proudly in his record, why won’t he defend it?”

Neither Garrett nor a representative of his campaign has responded either to the Cho campaign or to media questions. Cho proposed one debate each in Sussex and Warren counties, and four in Bergen County, with one of those accessible to residents of Ringwood and West Milford in Passaic County.

“I cannot even begin to count how many people I have met during this campaign -- whether at a public event or when I walk door-to-door -- who can’t even remember a time when they have either heard Scott Garrett speak in person or even seen him in their community,” said Cho. “Hiding may be the best way to keep voters from knowing your record, but it’s a horrible way to be a Congressman.”

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NORCROSS BILL ENSURING PUBLIC WORK IS DONE BY QUALIFIED CONTRACTORS CLEARS SENATE COMMITTEE

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden, Gloucester) which would ensure that public work is done by qualified contractors has cleared the Senate Labor Committee.

“We want to ensure that taxpayer dollars are being given to responsible contractors who will act and work appropriately with the public’s money,” said Norcross.  “This legislation will clarify that when you do work in New Jersey, you and your business must be of the highest character and live up to the best standards.”

The bill, S2253, would require that any contractor or subcontractor who contracts for public work pursuant to the “Public Works Contractor Registration Act” must demonstrate that it is a responsible bidder by complying with all of the requirements of section 5 of the Act. 

Bidders would have to submit, as part of the registration process, certification that the contractor or subcontractor: has all valid and effective licenses, registrations or certificates required by federal, state, county or local law; has not been debarred by a federal or state government agency or authority in the past three years; has not had any type of business, contracting or trade license, registration or other certificate suspended or revoked in the past year; has not been convicted of any crime of the 1st, 2nd or 3rd degree relating to the construction business; and has not, in any of the three most recent calendar years, occurring after the effective date of this act, been determined to have a total of three or more knowing and willful violations of state wage, benefit and tax laws occurring on two or more public contracts.

The legislation was born out of the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.  Many of the contractors used during the recovery processes were from, and will continue to be from, out-of-state.  This bill is an attempt to ensure that all contractors bidding for projects involving public dollars are held to the same high standard to which our local contractors are held.

The legislation now heads to the full Senate.

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The Back Room

Christie campaigns in New Hampshire

When asked in New Hamsphire today about whether he was considering a presidential run in 2016, Gov. Chris Christie said he wouldn’t discuss his plans until after November.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 17th

U.S. Senate race: Bell defends gold standard stance MONTCLAIR - On the same day he was politically brickbatted by the chief adviser to the last Republican challenger to incumbent U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), GOP Senate candidate Jeff Bell stood by a key plank of policy platform: monetary reform...

Op-Ed

Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >

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“Clearly there’s some resemblance with Theodore Roosevelt. That direct confrontational style of leadership.” - historian Doris Hearns Goodwin, referring to Gov. Chris Christie.

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