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“The Coalition is grateful to Speaker Prieto and Assembly leadership for posting the bill,” said NJ Keep It Green Chairman Tom Gilbert. “We urge the Assembly to pass the legislation with bipartisan support and advance the measure to the November ballot so that voters can decide the issue.”

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O’Toole, Russo, Rumana Introduce Bill to Create ‘Christopher Goodell Memorial Highway’

Senator Kevin O’Toole and Assemblymen David Russo and Scott Rumana (all R-40) introduced today legislation to create the “Christopher Goodell Memorial Highway” along State Route 17 in Waldwick in memory of the fallen hero.

“The profound sadness shared by people all across District 40 has not mitigated since this senseless tragedy, since we all lost a true local hero and his family lost their beloved son,” O’Toole said. “This act can instill the lasting honor that Christopher deserves in memory of his selfless service and sacrifices for us all.”

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Pallone, Waxman Introduce Legislation to Continue Children’s Health Insurance Program Funding, Protecting Coverage for Millions of Children

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr., and Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman introduced legislation to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2019.  Without this legislation, no new funding for the CHIP program will be available after September of 2015.  Reps. Pallone and Waxman were among the original authors of the 1997 CHIP program, which has traditionally garnered strong bipartisan support at the federal and state level, and has grown to provide health insurance to more than 8 million children as well as pregnant women today.

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Webber Bill Prohibiting Payment by Victims for Obtaining Records on Crime Signed by Gov.

Webber Bill Prohibiting Payment by Victims for Obtaining
Records on Crime Signed by Gov.

Trenton, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Jay Webber, R-Morris, Essex and Passaic, that prohibits a government agency from charging the victim of a crime for copies of reports relating to the offense was signed into law today by Gov. Christie.


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Casagrande Bill Assisting Crime Victims is Signed into Law by Governor Christie

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande to exempt crime victims from paying for government reports relating to the incident was signed into law by Governor Christie today. 

“It was just adding insult to injury when a crime victim was told they had to reach into their pockets to pay for a police report or a copy of a restraining order,” said Casagrande, R-Monmouth. “Fortunately, today we have ended that insensitive practice, and an injured party will no longer be responsible for paying for important paperwork that is relevant to their case.” 

Under the new law, crime victims will no longer have to pay to obtain pertinent records, and record requests will no longer be classified as a public record. Casagrande’s bill, A-1676/S-1524, passed the Assembly, 77-0-1, and the Senate, 38-0. 

“We should be giving victims of crime in New Jersey our support. We shouldn’t be handing them a bill that needs to be paid,” said Casagrande.


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Bramnick Bill Permitting Crime Victims to Obtain Records without Charge Signed into Law

Bramnick Bill Permitting Crime Victims to Obtain
Records without Charge Signed into Law

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick that prohibits a government agency from charging the victim of a crime for copies of reports relating to the offense was signed into law today by Gov. Christie. 

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Lance Statement on Veterans’ Care

Lance Statement on Veterans’ Care


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Singer Proposes Amendments to Legislation Reforming the Law Permitting the Establishment of Employer Managed Health Benefits Programs

Senator Robert Singer, the sponsor of legislation making changes to the law permitting self –funded Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (“MEWAs”), today announced a series of amendments he intends to make to the bill to address concerns that have been raised by interested parties since the bill was first introduced and passed unanimously (79-0) by the General Assembly.

MEWAs are an alternative to traditional commercial insurance that permits employers, especially small- and mid-sized businesses, to band together to obtain economies of scale to help them reduce their health insurance costs and provide a greater range of health benefits to their employees. Senator Singer’s legislation, S2220, is intended to promote the availability of health care by strengthening the ability of MEWAs to compete with traditional health insurance carriers and self insured entities to provide those benefits at a reasonable cost.

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Leaders Call Upon Assembly to Pass Long-Term Open Space Funding 

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Bramnick Welcomes Sweeney’s Support for Strategic Long-Term Planning

Bramnick Welcomes Sweeney’s Support for Strategic Long-Term Planning


Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union, Morris and Somerset, said he was pleased to learn that Senate President Steve Sweeney supports Bramnick’s idea to create strategic long-term bipartisan commissions or committees.


Bramnick looks forward to working with the Senate President on many long-term issues affecting the State of New Jersey. 

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Effort to Stop Insurance Company Bailouts Gains Momentum

Effort to Stop Insurance Company Bailouts Gains Momentum

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Rible Lauds DOT Action to Promote “Move Over” Law

Rible Lauds DOT Action to Promote “Move Over” Law

Will use message signs July 28-August 1 to raise awareness of law designed to protect emergency workers on highways

Trenton, NJ - Assemblyman Dave Rible, R-Monmouth, applauded the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) for its decision to promote the state’s “Move Over” law by advertising the policy on its variable message signs.

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Cardinale Urges Cunningham, Sweeney to Lead a Return to Trenton to End Abusive Sick Leave Payouts

Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) today urged action on legislation ending abusive sick leave payouts, following news that Bayonne taxpayers are on the hook for a $444,450 payout to the retiring police chief.

“This morning, I would expect my honorable colleague Senator Cunningham to lead us in storming the State House to finally end this abuse of property tax dollars for all New Jerseyans,” said Cardinale, who with Democratic Senator Brian Stack sponsors Senate bill 79 to eliminate sick-leave payouts and limit comp-time payouts. “On behalf of our constituents, I’m issuing an urgent request for Senate President Sweeney to allow a vote on complete reform once and for all.”

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Cho endorsed by Bergen County Central Labor Council

Fifth District Candidate Earns Backing of 50,000 Union Members

Ridgewood, NJ -- Roy Cho, candidate for Congress in the 5th District, today announced the formal endorsement of the 50,000-member Bergen County Central Labor Council, one of the largest in the state.

“After a decade of Scott Garrett’s anti-union, anti-worker record in Congress, Northern New Jersey needs Roy Cho to make sure Congress once again represents working families,” said Michael Schneider, president of the Council. “With each vote he has cast, Scott Garrett has hurt working families all across the district. We need Roy Cho’s energy to stand up for the rights of workers, not just here at home but across the country. We are committed to helping Roy Cho become our next congressman.”

Schneider noted Garrett’s lengthy anti-union record in Congress, which includes repeated votes opposing increasing the minimum wage and against extending long-term unemployment assistance. He has also opposed legislation aimed at strengthening the rights of workers to bargain collectively.

“I thank the Bergen County Central Labor Council for their support, and look forward to standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our working families throughout this campaign,” said Cho. “Northern New Jersey’s working families have seen Scott Garrett vote time and again to weaken the laws that protect them both on the job and at home. I will be a strong voice for growing our middle class and protecting the workers who build and strengthen our economy.”

The Bergen County Central Labor Council represents more than 50,000 union members and their families from 53 affiliated unions.

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Pallone Calls on Governor Christie to Disclose More Detailed Reports on Sandy Recovery Effort

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) issued the following statement today urging the Christie Administration to release additional information detailing how Sandy aid funds are being spent in the State of New Jersey:  

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AFP: Sweeney’s AC Abbott Suggestion Amounts to a De Facto Property Tax Hike 

MONMOUTH JUNCTION– Americans for Prosperity is taking aim at comments made by Senate President Steve Sweeney yesterday suggesting Atlantic City become an Abbott district—a move the pro-taxpayer group says would force a tax hike on other residents across the state.

“Property taxes in this state are insanely high because of the Abbott decisions and the millions upon millions taxpayers send to these districts. The only way there will ever be real property tax relief is to get rid of our state’s unfair and unjust school funding formula and bring fairness to the system. We shouldn’t be adding more Abbott districts, we should be getting rid of them,” commented Mike Proto communications director.


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Passaic County Central Labor Council endorses Roy Cho

Working Families ‘All-In’ to Defeat Scott Garrett

Ridgewood, NJ -- Roy Cho, candidate for Congress in the 5th District, has been endorsed by the 8,000-member Passaic County Central Labor Council, President Juan Negron formally announced today.

In endorsing Cho, Negron cited his support for increasing the minimum wage, ensuring emergency unemployment insurance is available for the long-term jobless, and closing the gender wage gap. Incumbent Scott Garrett has consistently opposed each throughout his decade-long tenure in Congress.

Negron noted that Garrett holds a dismal lifetime score of 8-out-of-100 from the national AFL-CIO.

“Roy Cho is the champion we need in Congress to move us forward and push back against the Tea Party’s war on working families,” said Negron. “Since the very moment Scott Garrett stepped into the Capitol, he has worked to weaken protections for our working families and has opposed common sense efforts to grow and protect our middle class. Passaic County’s working families are all in to defeat Scott Garrett and make Roy Cho our next congressman.”

“I thank President Negron and the working families of the Passaic County Central Labor Council for their endorsement, and I am committed to fighting for them both on the campaign trail and in the halls of Congress,” said Cho. “We need to reverse the damage Scott Garrett has done to our proud working families. Together, we will make sure our nation supports its workers, instead of tearing them down.”

The Passaic County Central Labor Council represents approximately 8,000 union families and is comprised of 42 affiliated unions.


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AFP Honors District 25 Lawmakers for Stellar Fiscal Voting Records

Bucco, Bucco, and Caroll Presented Awards at Luncheon Event

MOUNTAIN LAKES – Americans for Prosperity, the state’s leading free-market, grassroots organization, presented awards today to District 25 Senator Tony Bucco, Assemblyman Anthony Bucco and Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll for their stellar fiscal voting record during the 215th Legislative Session.


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Rible Aims to Protect Police Officers, Others on New Jersey Roadways

Rible Aims to Protect Police Officers, Others on New Jersey Roadways
Car Accidents Involving Police Officers Sparks Call For Increasing
Awareness and Expansion of NJ “Move Over” Law

Assembly Republican Conference Leader Dave Rible said recent car accidents involving police officers illustrates the need to increase awareness of New Jersey’s law requiring motorists to change lanes when approaching emergency vehicles and to expand the law to make our roads safer.

Rible, who sponsored the 2009 law known as the “Move Over” law, cited recent accidents in which a Waldwick police officer was killed and two Pine Beach officers injured in calling for the state Department of Transportation (DOT) to increase awareness of the law which requires motorists to decrease speed and switch lanes when approaching an emergency vehicle with its lights on.

In a letter to Acting DOT Commissioner Joseph Bertoni, Rible, R-Monmouth and Ocean, said the accidents highlighted the risk for those who respond to emergencies on the state’s busy highways.

“These incidents are a frightening reminder of the dangers faced by emergency workers on our state’s roadways,” he wrote. “I request that the New Jersey Department of Transportation help to protect our emergency responders by taking urgent action to increase awareness of the “Move Over” law.

Rible also said he will introduce legislation to expand the “Move Over” law to require drivers to slow down and change lanes for any vehicle on the side of the road--not just vehicles utilizing emergency lights.

“Pulling over on our state’s highways can be a dangerous proposition for any motorist,” he said. “In addition to protecting police officers and other emergency workers, expanding the “Move Over” law will make things safer for everyone who uses our roads.”

See Letter Below:

Hon. Joseph Bertoni, Acting Commissioner
New Jersey Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ 08625-0600

Dear Acting Commissioner Bertoni:

As the prime sponsor of New Jersey’s “Move Over” law, I am very troubled by recent motor vehicle accidents which have highlighted the danger emergency workers face on our highways and illustrated the need to increase awareness of this critical public safety initiative.

As you are aware, New Jersey’s “Move Over” law, which was enacted in 2009, requires motorists to slow down and change lanes when approaching a vehicle displaying emergency lights. However, the failure of motorists to heed this law has continued to endanger the lives of emergency workers, including police officers.

Moreover, a Waldwick police officer performing traffic safety duty was recently killed when his parked patrol car was rammed by a tractor trailer. In addition, two Pine Beach police officers were injured the next day when their cars were struck while they attended to a pulled over vehicle.

I am sure you would agree that these incidents are a frightening reminder of the dangers faced by emergency workers on our state’s roadways. Therefore, I request that the New Jersey Department of Transportation help to protect our emergency responders by taking urgent action to increase awareness of the “Move Over” law.

Thank you for your attention to this request and please feel free to contact me if I can be of assistance in this or any other matter.


David P. Rible
Assemblyman, 30th Legislative District

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The Back Room

Christie defends himself in NH

Zapped by the DNC on his way into New Hampshire this afternoon, Gov. Chris Christie defended his economic record while wooing NH voters for the second time in little more than a month, according to the Associated Press.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: August 1st

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The health of New Jersey's women is not Chris Christie's priority

By Linda Stender At his most recent town hall, Gov. Chris Christie accused his predecessors of "monkeying with the math" when it comes to their handling of our state's economy. But as the old saying goes, when the governor points a finger, he... Read More >


(7-30-14) Who Is Best Equipped to Decide the Fate of the Common Core? - The latest Christie controversy surrounds his Executive Order to revamp the state’s academic... more »
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The Perry-Paul Debate is Healthy for the GOP – and for America  The foreign policy debate in the media between prospective GOP Presidential candidates Texas Governor Rick Perry and... more »
(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just... more »

Quote of the Day

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"Potentially, we can get this done, because it's important. We get it. We understand it. But there are issues. There's the speedy trial component. How are we going to pay for this? How is the risk-assessment piece of it going to be done?" - Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32), on bail reform.

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