Category: Press Release

Bramnick: Allowing Municipalities to set Minimum Wage is Bad Public Policy

Jon Bramnick

Assembly Republican Press Release -

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union, Morris and Somerset, said legislation (A-3912) that allows towns to determine their own minimum wage is bad public policy.

“The new bill to allow each municipality to act as a separate state is very bad public policy. I highly doubt that even the most ardent Democrats would ever vote for this bill, but the message that New Jersey is even considering this anti-business policy can damage our economic future.

“This bill may appeal to the Democratic base, but business leaders who read about the proposal may speculate that the Legislature will continue to allow each municipality to set its own local rules for businesses.

“New Jersey is already known has a high tax, highly regulated anti-business state. Increasing local regulation is dangerous public policy.”

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Angelini Applauds Efforts To Investigate Reports of Sandy Insurance Fraud

Press Release – Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini has joined the chorus of lawmakers calling for an investigation into reports that insurance companies cheated Sandy-impacted homeowners out of insurance money.

Mary Pat Angelini

“I am disgusted by these reports that insurance companies may have deliberately cheated Sandy victims to avoid paying claims on damaged properties,” said Angelini, who represents a number of communities that were impacted by Sandy. “I join with all of the officials who are rightly demanding an investigation into claims that these companies have perpetrated an outrageous scam on these homeowners.”

A recent 60 Minutes report detailed evidence that insurance companies altered engineering reports to avoid paying damage claims on properties that were damaged in the historic 2013 storm. The report also alleges that FEMA, which oversees the insurance companies, was aware of the fraudulent reports.

“It’s unacceptable that Sandy victims have been through so much only to be victimized again by their insurance companies,” said Angelini. “People need to be held accountable for their action–or failure to act–and an investigation into these troubling allegations is absolutely warranted.”

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Ciattarelli-Schepisi: Federal DOT Report Predicting More Crude Derailments is a Call for Action

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Assembly Republicans Jack Ciattarelli and Holly Schepisi said a recent federal Department of Transportation (USDOT) report predicting 10 trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail each year over the next two decades should provide the impetus for the department to act on the upgraded safety standards it proposed last July.

Jack Ciattarelli

“The sight of the horrific derailment in West Virginia last month and the 2013 fatal accident in Canada is irrefutable evidence of the potential dangers of transporting immense proportions of Bakken crude oil,” said Ciattarelli, R- Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex. “We would be foolish to think such catastrophes couldn’t happen anywhere, including New Jersey.

“New Jersey, being the most densely populated state in the country, shipping Bakken crude oil on rails so close to homes is a major concern,” continued Ciattarelli. “We shouldn’t have to wait for another derailment to have the USDOT approve the latest safety improvements.”

Holly Schepisi

“CSX, which owns the rail cars shipping the product, agrees that increasing safety standards is in order,” said Schepisi, R-Bergen and Passaic. “The extraction of Bakken crude oil in North Dakota is a positive development for our energy needs. However, each day we are rolling the dice that a major accident won’t take place in New Jersey which will have significant consequences. The new standards will save lives and protect our environment.

“The proximity of the rail lines to densely populated areas puts people and their property at risk. Instead of discounting this forecast, the railroad companies should be looking for ways to improve safety and minimize damage in the event of a derailment,” continued Schepisi. ”Enough time has lapsed since the recommendations were made. The next step is to take action.”

New regulations were proposed by the National Transportation Safety Board last July. They require tankers to meet current thickness standards and enhance a train’s braking system within two years or risk being phased out. According to the American Association of Railroads, only 15 percent of the 92,000 tankers cars on the rails today meet the latest industry standards.

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Fiocchi Sponsors Bill to Revitalize Business Districts in Millville, Vineland

Press Release – In his effort to create jobs and strengthen the South Jersey economy, Assembly Republican Sam Fiocchi has signed on to sponsor legislation to continue the Urban Enterprise Zone program in Millville and Vineland. The bill, A-4120, extends the UEZ programs in 10 urban areas across the state.

Sam Fiocchi

Sam Fiocchi

“The local economy of Millville and Vineland is critical to the entire area,” said Fiocchi, R – Cumberland, Cape May and Atlantic. “Anything we do to give businesses in these vital areas a leg up benefits the region.

“Downtown areas are the keystones of our communities,” Fiocchi continued. “We need to help attract customers, new commercial development, and jobs to fuel an economic renaissance.”

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Fiocchi Sponsors Bill Addressing Antique Gun Possession

Press Release – To protect vintage gun collectors from unwarranted prosecution, Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi has introduced legislation exempting antique firearms from the state’s gun laws.

Sam Fiocchi

Sam Fiocchi

“Many people from a variety of backgrounds collect vintage guns for many reasons. Some enjoy trading and selling while others are history buffs who attend national gun shows looking for another ‘treasure,’” said Fiocchi, R-Cumberland, Cape May and Atlantic. “Regardless, collectors should not face criminal prosecution or prison for possessing or transporting such a firearm that poses no danger to public safety.”

Fiocchi’s bill, A-4250, revises the definition of “antique firearm” and exempts the possession of an unloaded antique handgun from prosecution for unlawful possession of a firearm. Under current law, an “antique firearm” is defined to include only rifles and shotguns. There is a separate definition for “antique handguns.” This measure amends the law so there is one definition of “antique firearm,” which includes handguns.

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Bucco Statement on Gov’s FY 2016 Budget Proposal

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Deputy Assembly Republican Leader Anthony M. Bucco, R-Morris, who is a member of the Assembly Budget Committee, issued the following statement following Gov. Christie’s Budget Address which was delivered before a Joint Session of the Legislature this afternoon:

Anthony M. Bucco

“The governor’s budget puts taxpayers first by controlling spending, funding education and making the largest pension payment in state history and sets priorities our residents support.

“These are challenging times and difficult choices must be made. I look forward to a rigorous and honest debate during the budget process.

“Promoting a more competitive business tax structure and providing direct property tax relief will make our state a more affordable place to live. I am confident we will be able to work together on a plan that continues to move New Jersey in the right direction.”

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Fiocchi Statement on Gov’s Budget Proposal

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Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi, R-Cumberland, Cape May and Atlantic, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Christie’s Budget Address, which was delivered before a Joint Session of the Legislature on Tuesday:

Sam Fiocchi

Sam Fiocchi

“Now the Legislature must work with the governor to solve the state’s fiscal obligations. Increasing educational funding and streamlining the government workforce demonstrates Governor Christie’s commitment to keeping his promises. We now have a responsibility to maintain a budget that’s affordable for taxpayers.”

“We can accomplish much more for the people of New Jersey by working together instead of playing politics. This budget is fiscally responsible and keeps New Jersey on the road to recovery without raising taxes.”

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O’Scanlon Statement on Gov. Christie’s FY 2016 Budget

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Assembly Republican Budget Officer Declan O’Scanlon, R-Monmouth, released the following statement regarding Gov. Christie’s Budget Address today to a Joint Session of the Legislature:

Declan O'Scanlon

“Gov. Christie delivered exactly what we’ve come to expect from him – another sound budget in a long list of responsible, fiscally conservative budgets from his administration.

“The governor and the NJEA deserve high praise for working together on a solution to the pension issue. As we have said all along, it is essential we come together to craft solutions that provide long term relief. Gov. Christie and the teachers did just that, coming together to find a realistic, sustainable fix to the pension challenge.

“From a budget-makers perspective, this is a credible first step toward an over-all solution to the serious budget issues facing our state. It will be a work in progress for the next six months as we continue to monitor revenues and work out the details.”

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Angelini Response to Gov. Christie’s Budget Address

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Assembly Republican Deputy Conference Leader Mary Pat Angelini, R – Monmouth, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Christie’s Budget Address, delivered this afternoon to a Joint Session of the Legislature:

Mary Pat Angelini

“This is another fiscally responsible budget that keeps New Jersey on the right track. The governor has a sustainable plan to fund our priorities – education, property tax relief and pensions – without increasing taxes.

“The Legislature needs to work together to continue the progress to make New Jersey competitive and affordable. We continue to see significant progress. To sustain the momentum, it will take cooperation like we saw today, with the governor and the teacher’s working out a pension solution for the long haul.”

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Addiego, Brown, Rodriguez-Greg Statement on Gov. Christie’s Proposed FY 2016 Budget

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District 8 legislators Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, Assemblyman Christopher J. Brown, and Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg issued the following statements in response to Gov. Christie’s Budget Address today.

Sen. Addiego: “Our state continues to benefit from Gov. Christie’s responsible fiscal leadership, as today’s proposed budget demonstrates. We continue to make record-setting contributions to education without increasing a single tax on New Jersey residents.”

Chris J. Brown

Asm. Brown: “State revenue continues to increase, we are adding jobs, and spending has been controlled at responsible levels since the governor took office in 2010.”

Maria Rodriguez-Gregg

Maria Rodriguez-Gregg

Asw. Rodriguez-Gregg: “We will commit the most money ever to the pension funds. State aid to schools, towns and property tax programs are maintained. This is achieved responsibly, without increasing the burden on our taxpayers.”

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