Category: Press Release

Bramnick to lead press conference on fall legislative agenda

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Jon Bramnick

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick will lead a press conference on the fall legislative agenda and other topics on Tuesday, August 29 at 1:30 p.m., in Room 209 of the Statehouse in Trenton.

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Dancer seeks to restore death penalty to protect the lives of children

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Ron Dancer

Following the horrific death of a 2-year-old Camden boy allegedly at the hands of his mother’s boyfriend, Assemblyman Ron Dancer is again calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty. Dancer has legislation (A3279) restoring capital punishment for convictions for certain homicides, including the killing of a victim under 18 years old.

During a dispute with the child’s mother, the suspect allegedly taunted the boy before delivering two bone-crushing blows to the child’s chest, killing him.

“This is the type of case that demands that the death penalty be an option for the courts,” said Dancer (R—Ocean). “The hardcore criminals in our neighborhoods lack the respect of our laws and of human life. In too many communities, blood and death in the streets have become almost daily occurrences. The death penalty can help protect our babies, our children, from heartless killers.”

Dancer’s bill also restores capital punishment if the victim is a law enforcement or corrections officer, and if the killing occurs during the commission of a terrorist act.

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Space & Phoebus support Governor’s conditional vetoes on gun bills

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Gail Phoebus

Gail Phoebus

Parker Space

Statement from Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space, and Assemblywoman Gail Phoebus on the Governor’s conditional vetoes of A-3689 and S-816:

“We applaud Governor Christie’s conditional vetoes issued today on A-3689 and S-816 and we urge Democrat legislative leadership to post these changes for a vote when the legislature convenes in September. We have long been supporters of concealed carry and repealing the “smart-gun” mandate.

“Unlike New Jersey, over 40 States have some type of shall-issue concealed carry laws. We have been behind the times in enacting this important self-defense legislation and we believe the time is now to allow law-abiding citizens the right to protect themselves and their families.

“In addition, repealing New Jersey’s “smart gun” law is the prudent thing to do since this technology does not exist. The 2002 law was a back-door ban on handguns.

“Gun ownership is an individual right enshrined in the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution and reiterated in the Heller and McDonald United States Supreme Court decisions. New Jersey’s gun laws have consistently been ranked as some of the toughest in the nation and law-abiding gun owners have abided by them even when they have not necessarily agreed with the strict limitations. After many attacks on our rights which have gone way too far, we are pleased the Governor took the action he did today.”

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O’Scanlon to introduce legislation alleviating MVC wait times

Revamping the driver’s license renewal system will ease ‘end of month rush’ at MVC locations

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Declan O'Scanlon

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon today unveiled legislation to curb wait times at motor vehicle offices. O’Scanlon’s proposal would change driver’s license expiration dates to each driver’s birth date. Currently licenses in New Jersey expire at the end of each driver’s birth month – leaving MVC offices with long wait times at the end of the month dealing with a large volume of license renewals.

“I’ve been working with Governor Christie’s administration on legislation that would ease the long wait times that New Jersey drivers experience when renewing their license at their local MVC office. I am pleased that the Governor has thrown his support behind this common sense solution to a serious problem facing New Jersey’s drivers. I urge legislative leadership in both houses to post the bill – which will be introduced during our next session day – so we can end unnecessarily long wait times for New Jersey residents and drivers.

“This legislation recognizes that it’s human nature to procrastinate. The way the system is set up now we have 12 days a year – the last day of every month – upon which drivers’ licenses expire. If you spend any time at an MVC you can’t miss the bottleneck that this causes the last few days or week of every month. By going to a birth date expiration schedule we will eliminate the bottle neck. It’s a common sense solution that’s worked in other states. New Jersey motorists have been plagued with long wait times – we owe it to them to do all in our paper to alleviate that inconvenience. We are currently working with Commissioner Martinez’ office on the final bill. Again I applaud the administration for taking these issues seriously,” O’Scanlon concluded.

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Bramnick calls on Democrats to submit funding proposal fair for all towns

Jon Bramnick

Press Release – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union) released the following statement today challenging Democrats to submit a proposal to make school funding more fair:

“Governor Christie and many Republicans have supported changing how we fund schools. The Democrats may disagree with us that each student should receive $6,599, but they remain silent on any change. We are all aware that lowering property taxes must start with changing the school funding formula.

“I call upon my friends across the aisle to submit a proposal to make school funding more fair to all towns.”

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Phoebus-Space resolution recognizing 100th anniversary of National Park Service signed by Gov

Gail Phoebus

Gail Phoebus

Press Release – A resolution (AJR-101) sponsored by Assemblywoman Gail Phoebus and Assemblyman Parker Space that recognizes the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, which occurs on August 25, has been signed by Gov. Christie.

“The National Park Service helps New Jersey preserve its natural and cultural heritage and create close-to-home recreational and educational opportunities through various programs that millions of visitors enjoy each year,” said Phoebus (R-Sussex). “It does a tremendous job of preserving our historical parks, trails, monuments and scenic rivers. If you have never visited any of these sites, I would encourage you and your families to do so especially during this centennial year.”

“The National Park Service has been an outstanding steward of our beautiful natural resources for the past 100 years,” said Space (R-Sussex). “Visiting any one of their 15 natural and historical sites in New Jersey is not only enjoyable, but the tourism generated helps strengthen our economy.”

Parker Space

The National Park System comprises 410 units covering more than 84 million acres in every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, including monuments, battlefields, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and the White House.

In Northwestern New Jersey, the National Park Service oversees the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the Appalachian Trail, and America’s first national historical park, the Morristown National Historical Park.

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Brown bill to increase Shore protection funding clears committee

Press Release – Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Chris Brown to protect the state’s 141 miles of pristine shoreline by increasing funding to the shore protection fund has received approval from the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee.

“The Jersey Shore is the lifeblood of the state’s $40 billion tourism industry,” said Brown (R-Atlantic). “In Atlantic County alone, one out of every three jobs is supported through tourism, so shore protection funding is an investment in our economic security.”

Chris A. Brown

The bill (A-2954) increases the amount annually credited to the shore protection fund from $25 million to $50 million without increasing taxes.

Brown noted a number of beach events along the coast, like concerts and monster truck races, are popular attractions that visitors come to expect from shore towns.

“As a member of the Assembly Tourism Committee, I listened to testimony on how places like Ocean City, Maryland are aggressively trying to steal tourists away from the Jersey Shore,” Brown said. “When storms ravage our shoreline, our local towns need to rebuild our beaches quickly so we can keep attracting visitors.”

Brown worked closely with The Jersey Shore Partnership, the lead group advocating for the increased funding for our beaches. The organization is the state’s leading advocate and champion of beach replenishment and restoration.

The Assembly and Senate Environment committees held a joint public meeting Thursday in Toms River to take action on Brown’s bill.

The shore protection fund supports projects like e beach replenishment and construction and maintenance of bulkheads, jetties, and seawalls.

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Gov signs Bramnick resolution recognizing the National Park Services’ centennial anniversary

Press Release – A resolution (AJR-101) sponsored by Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick that recognizes the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, which occurs on August 25, was signed by Gov. Christie.

Jon Bramnick

“Protecting our nation’s beautiful natural resources is a challenging task. The National Park Service is to be commended for doing a tremendous job year after year,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “In New Jersey, our scenic historical parks, recreation areas and trails attract millions of visitors from around the country and the world each year. The tourism generated by these sites provides significant benefits to our economy. During this centennial year, I encourage our residents to celebrate this milestone by visiting one of these natural wonders.”

The National Park System comprises 410 units covering more than 84 million acres in every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, including monuments, battlefields, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and the White House.

In New Jersey, the National Park Service oversees three national historical parks, two national recreation areas, two national trails, a national monument –Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island, five wild and scenic rivers, a national heritage area – Crossroads of the American Revolution, and the nation’s only national reserve – the New Jersey Pinelands.

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Dancer: Pay gap for women employees is intolerable

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Ron Dancer

Assemblyman Ron Dancer today responded to a new study on gender pay inequality released by the National Women’s Law Center.

“It is intolerable that women are paid less than men for doing the same job,” said Dancer (R—Ocean). “We have made great strides toward equality, but we’re still in the dark ages when it comes to pay checks.”

Last spring, Dancer introduced an Assembly joint resolution (AJR99) establishing an Equal Pay Day on the second Tuesday of April, representing the 102 extra days a typical woman works to make the same as a man.

“Pay should be based on the quality of work, and race and gender should have no effect. It is discouraging that a half-century after the passage of the Federal Equal Pay Act we still have employees making 60 percent of their colleague’s pay for no other reason than their gender,” said Dancer.

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Dancer: Don’t tax Olympic success

Press Release – To the victor belong the spoils. In regards to the cash prizes Olympians receive when they win a medal in an event, those spoils also belong to the federal and state government. Assemblyman Ron Dancer, however, doesn’t believe the cash honorariums New Jersey Olympic medal winners receive should be subject to state income tax.

Ron Dancer

As a result, Dancer has introduced legislation (A-3043) exempting New Jersey Olympians from paying income taxes on their winnings. Under current law, athletes must pay gross income tax on the value of awards or prizes won in the Olympic games.

“When New Jersey athletes return from the Olympics, they should not be greeted with a tax bill,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “Winning an Olympic medal is a tremendous feat. These men and women have worked long and hard to represent our country and state on the world stage. We should celebrate their accomplishments, not punish their success. This is a measure we can all champion in the spirit of sportsmanship and civic pride.”

Olympians receive $25,000 for gold medals, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze.

To date, Americans have won 93 total medals in Rio, including 30 gold, 32 silver and 31 bronze. There are more than 500 American athletes competing, 35 from New Jersey, including gymnast Laurie Hernandez of Old Bridge, and track and field competitor Robby Andrews of Manalapan.

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