Category: Press Release

Bramnick: Bentley Labs in Edison a NJ Success Story

Press Release – Following a tour today of Bentley Laboratories in Edison, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick commended the cosmetics manufacturer for investing in their employees and for their commitment to New Jersey.

“Bentley Labs is a success story,” said Bramnick, R-Union, Morris and Somerset. “They are an excellent example of a company that invests in their employees by providing higher than average wages and a friendly work environment. We need to incentivize these good business practices, not impose further mandates on job-creators.

“I commend President Brian Fitzpatrick, his management team and their dedicated employees for their ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit,” continued Bramnick. “I will continue to work with the business community on measures that will encourage growth of good-paying jobs in New Jersey.”

Mike Mangin, a business advocate from the state’s Business Action Center (BAC), joined Bramnick on the tour. Mangin is responsible for the expansion and attraction of domestic and international business retention in New Jersey. He also serves as a liaison between state and local governments and the business community.

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Dancer Bill Protects Recitation of Pledge of Allegiance at Public Meetings

Press Release - In response to a lawsuit filed against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District by a family who claims the Pledge of Allegiance discriminates against children with atheist beliefs, Assemblyman Ron Dancer has introduced legislation that protects the recitation of the Pledge at public meetings. The bill also extends the right of any public body to have its court costs and attorney fees paid for by unsuccessful objectors to the Pledge of Allegiance. In addition to schools, that includes local town governments, counties and the Legislature.

Ron Dancer

“For years, the courts have consistently upheld the reciting of our Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, yet thousands of public taxpayer dollars continue to be spent defending the Pledge,” said Dancer, R-Ocean, Monmouth (Matawan), Burlington and Middlesex. “This legislation will, for the first time, permit the courts to award attorney fees and costs to any New Jersey public body or public employee that wins such a lawsuit.

“Recovering taxpayers’ funds spent to defend the Pledge of Allegiance from objectors is overdue,” he continued. “Our school tax dollars are better spent on the students in the classroom, rather than attorneys in the court room.”

Dancer noted there is not a current state law that specifically permits any governmental body to recite the Pledge at a public meeting. Under this legislation, every public body would be authorized, but not required, to conduct the Pledge which has been a custom and tradition for decades.

“If anyone wants to remain silent during the Pledge of Allegiance that is their right,” said Dancer. “But it is not their right to silence us and make us pay to defend a right that was paid for by the men and women of our armed services.”

A state Superior Court judge heard arguments on the school district’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit Wednesday, but has not yet issued a ruling.

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Bramnick-Diegnan to Visit Bentley Laboratories in Edison

Jon Bramnick

Press Release – Assembly Republican Leader John Bramnick and Assembly Deputy Speaker Pat Diegnan will tour cosmetics manufacturer Bentley Laboratories, in Edison, on Friday. Both legislators said the purpose of the bipartisan visit is to show their support for the New Jersey small business community. Bentley Laboratories opened in 2002 and employs 300 workers.

“Bentley Labs ingenuity and hard work is a great example of entrepreneurship,” said Bramnick, R-Union, Morris and Somerset. “My compliments to President Brian Fitzpatrick, his management team and the dedicated employees who work at Bentley Labs. They are proof that New Jersey offers businesses an opportunity to succeed.”

Mike Mangin, a business advocate from the state’s Business Action Center (BAC), will also accompany the legislators on the tour. Mangin is responsible for the expansion and attraction of domestic and international business retention in New Jersey. He also serves as a liaison between state and local governments and the business community.

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Dancer Bill: Murder of Pregnant Woman is a Double Homicide

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Under legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Ron Dancer, New Jersey would join 38 other states in recognizing an unborn baby as a legal victim in the commission of an intentional homicide. A defendant will be charged if he or she purposely takes the life of or seriously injures a pregnant woman which causes the death of an unborn child.

Ron Dancer

“New Jersey is one of only 12 states where the murder of a pregnant woman is charged as a single homicide, and the taking of her unborn child’s life does not count as a crime,” said Dancer, R-Ocean, Burlington, Monmouth and Middlesex. “This is a matter of justice and ensures that motherhood is valued and protected under the laws of our state. There are two victims when a pregnant mother is attacked. The killer of a pregnant woman and her unborn child should not be charged with one count of murder, but two.”

Under the bill, the crime is a first degree offense which is punishable by 20 years in prison without parole.

Dancer’s “Motherhood Violence Act,” A-3895, follows the federal law enacted 10 years ago called the “Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004,” also known as “Laci and Conner’s Law.” Twelve years ago this December, Laci Peterson was murdered in her eighth month of pregnancy, in California. Her husband, Scott Peterson, was convicted of first degree murder in her death and second degree murder in the death of her unborn child, Conner.

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O’Scanlon Introduces Bi-Partisan Measure to Curb Election Fraud

After recent reports and investigations regarding the proliferation of ‘messenger’ ballots, reforms to the process are proposed

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Declan O'Scanlon

Assemblymen Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) today unveiled plans to introduce legislation to combat the proliferation of ‘messenger’ ballots, often used in fraudulent ways to impact local and state elections. After reading reports of investigations into the large numbers of ‘messenger ballots’ – ballots intended only for the sick and incapacitated that are filled out and physically delivered with third-party help – impacting local elections across the State, Assemblymen O’Scanlon proposed the following changes:

  • Limiting the number of ballots both ‘messengers’ and ‘bearers’ can handle to 2 ballots per elections.

Currently, ‘messengers’ or those that deliver the ballots to the registered voter to be filled out, are limited to 10 ballots per cycle. This legislation would limit that number to two. ‘Bearers’, or those that deliver the ballots physically to the county clerk, currently have no limits on how many ballots they can handle. This number would also be capped at two.

  • Messenger’ ballots can only be obtained ten days prior to the election.

This will cut down on the wide-scale practice that has occurred in places like Paterson, Atlantic City, Asbury Park, and Hoboken where large numbers of messenger ballots have been mined for months leading up to the election – sometimes as much as 1/4th of the total number of ballots cast.

“This legislation will reduce the risk of the wide-scale potential coercion – or worse – currently being perpetrated by campaigns across the State. Messenger ballots are intended only for the sick and the infirm. Unless someone has an emergent, debilitating physical condition there is no reason to involve a third party in directly handling ones ballot. It is curious that in many of these municipalities, the sick and infirm have been overwhelmingly in favor – sometimes as high as 95% – in favor of one particular candidate or ticket. This legislation will take one tool away from those who wish to defraud our electoral process” said Assemblyman O’Scanlon.

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Bramnick Offers Condolences to Families of Israelis Killed in Synagogue

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Jon Bramnick

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union, Morris and Somerset, issued the following statement after four rabbis and a police officer were killed in a Jerusalem synagogue during morning prayers on Tuesday by two Palestinians:

“I offer my deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the rabbis and police officer who were brutally murdered in their sacred place of worship. Such actions are senseless and indefensible. This is a terrible tragedy that affects not only Israel, but all peaceful and law-abiding people around the world.”

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Bramnick to Bring Comedy Relief to League of Municipalities Panel

Jon Bramnick

Press Release – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union, Morris and Somerset, is bringing his comedy to the 99th Annual Conference of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. Bramnick will be a featured speaker at a session titled “The Power of LOL: Using Humor to Solve Municipal Issues” at 2 p.m. at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

Bramnick will be joined by Joey Novick, comedian and actor, Comedy Works Entertainment, who also serves as a councilman in Flemington Township. The session will teach attendees the value of humor in problem solving, stress relief, and getting along with others.

Bramnick holds the title “Funniest Lawyer in New Jersey” after winning contests sponsored by the bar association. He often volunteers his services as a comedic auctioneer on behalf of non-profit organizations.

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Bramnick Saddened to Learn of Passing of Former State Senator Robert Littell

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Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick issued the following statement regarding the passing of former New Jersey State Senator Robert Littell, whose daughter, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, represents the 24th Legislative District:

Jon Bramnick

“I am truly saddened to learn of Senator Littell’s passing. The senator’s 40 years of service in the Legislature is testimony to his dedication to the people of New Jersey. Senator Littell was a great public servant and will be sorely missed. Alison’s public service is a tribute to her father’s legacy. On behalf of the Assembly Republican caucus, I offer my heartfelt condolences to Alison and her family.”

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Space Statement on the passing of former Senator Robert Littell:

Press Release – Assemblyman Parker Space, R-Sussex, Warren, Morris, issued the statement below on the passing of former Senator Robert Littell:

Parker Space

“My family and I are deeply saddened by the loss of Senator Littell, who we all affectionately called Bob at his request. He was good friends with my late grandfather Ralph and my dad Fred for decades, where I got to know him when I was a young man. As an elected official, it was a privilege to work with him while he was in office during my tenure on the Wantage Township Committee.

“It is humbling to know that I am serving the people of northwestern New Jersey in the same position — as a member of the General Assembly — in which Bob served with distinction for 22 years before being elected to the State Senate. New Jersey lost a fine legislator and public servant when he retired in 2007; today his family has lost a dedicated and loving husband, father, and grandfather while we all lost a friend.”

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Schepisi to Receive Outstanding Woman in Government Award from League of Municipalities

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Assembly Republican Holly Schepisi is being honored with the League of Municipalities 2014 Annual Outstanding Woman in Government Award for her support of towns and their issues at the annual League of Municipalities Conference next week.

Holly Schepisi

“Municipalities are the foundation of government,” said Schepisi, R-Bergen and Passaic. “Towns are usually the first place residents and businesses turn to when they have an issue. As someone who has worked in local and state government, I understand issues from different perspectives and am able to use that knowledge to better serve our constituents. I am truly honored to be recognized by the league which is an important advocate for towns and communities.”

As a legislator, Schepisi sponsored a bill that exempts property acquired by municipalities as part of a flood-prone property acquisition program from county, school, and fire district taxes. She also sponsored legislation which provides homeowners with a limited exemption from local land use restrictions when raising their house in order to meet new FEMA base flood elevation regulations. Both measures have been signed into law.

Schepisi and co-award recipient Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin, D-Middlesex, are the first members of the Assembly to receive the league’s award recognizing government officials for their contributions to towns throughout the state.

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