Category: Press Release

Simon & Ciattarelli to be Commended Taxpayer Advocacy Group’s Luncheon

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release -

Assembly Republicans Donna Simon and Jack Ciattarelli will be recognized for their tireless efforts to reduce the cost of government and save taxpayers’ money at the Americans for Prosperity New Jersey’s Liberty Luncheon, Wednesday, Oct. 22. The lunch begins at Noon at The Flemington Woman’s Club at 43 Park Avenue, Flemington.

Simon and Ciattarelli, R – Hunterdon, Somerset, Mercer and Middlesex, will discuss issues and legislation they are fighting for in Trenton, including Simon’s plan to encourage and expedite cost-saving school consolidations and Ciattarelli’s plan to repeal estate and transfer inheritance taxes. The legislators will also be presented with awards for earning some of the highest performance grades in the state on the AFP’s Taxpayer Scorecard.

Donna Simon

“We can provide better services and make New Jersey affordable again for people who want to raise their families here and retire here,” said Simon. “Since coming to the Assembly two years ago, I have been fighting for a more efficient government that allows taxpayers to hold on to more of their hard-earned money. We need to continue to find opportunities to conserve taxpayer money.”

Jack Ciattarelli

“We need to focus keenly on making New Jersey a place where people can afford to live, work and retire,” Ciattarelli said. “With that in mind, it is an honor to be recognized for working hard to provide residents the tax relief they deserve.”

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Rible: Cyber Attack Attempts Illustrate Need to Protect Student Data

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State Attorney General Says 1 Million Attempts per Month Made to Hack State Info

Assemblyman Dave Rible said a recent report by the state attorney general that New Jersey faces more than a million hacking attempts per month underscores the need to enact legislation he sponsors (A-2724) that safeguards information collected on New Jersey students.

Dave Rible

“As we have seen with celebrity hacking scandals and massive corporate data breaches, no information is totally safe,” said Rible, R-Monmouth and Ocean. “This is another reminder that criminals are constantly trying to access our personal data and we need to be extremely careful with all of our sensitive information. This report further illustrates the dangers of collecting sensitive information, especially information on our children, which, in the wrong hands, could cause irreparable damage.”

At a recent conference, the state’s Acting Attorney General John Hoffman noted New Jersey has thwarted millions of attempts to access information and these attempts are on the rise. Rible has advocated for legislation to protect student information and give parents more rights to prevent the release of information about their children.

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Casagrande to Host Blood Drive in Conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release -

Caroline Casagrande

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and one way to help those battling this disease is by donating blood. Monmouth County Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande will be hosting the district’s 6th Annual Blood Drive on Wednesday, October 22. The Central Jersey Blood Center will park their blood donation bus outside the District office at 35 West Main Street in Freehold Borough to make it convenient.

“The Central Jersey Blood Center serves area hospitals as they treat premature babies, trauma victims and cancer patients” says Casagrande. “All the blood donated, stays local and helps a neighbor in need.”

More than a million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment. “Cancer patients are the primary recipients of blood transfusions” says Casagrande. “In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, consider a donation in the name of a loved one fighting that disease.”

“When my husband had a near fatal car accident in February of 2008, he needed over 20 pints of blood to save his life,” says the Assemblywoman. “Since then I have always tried to make sure we do our part to replenish the blood supply.”

The blood drive will run from 2 to 6 p.m.

“We thank our friends at Wegman’s and Delicious Orchards for providing us with sandwiches and doughnuts to share with those donating” says Assemblywoman Casagrande.

“We would love to see as many people as possible come out to give this gift of life” adds Casagrande. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is encouraged by calling Casagrande’s legislative office at (732) 866-1695.

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Fiocchi Praises Announcement of SBA Loans for South Jersey

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Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi, R-Cumberland, Cape May and Atlantic, said he was pleased to learn of today’s announcement by the U.S. Small Business Association that residents and businesses affected by the storm and flooding that occurred on Aug. 12 are able to apply for low interest loans. The SBA announcement covers Cumberland, Atlantic, Cape May, Gloucester and Salem counties.

Sam Fiocchi

Sam Fiocchi

“This is encouraging news for people and businesses impacted by the storm last August,” said Fiocchi. “Families and businesses that sustained damage have the opportunity to receive much needed assistance through the SBA program. I appreciate Governor Christie’s support in taking action to help the people in South Jersey who are recovering from the damage caused by this storm.”

Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property. SBA’s customer service representatives are available at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help individuals complete their applications.

The Center is located in the following community and is open as indicated:

Cumberland County
Millville Fire Department
420 Buck Street – 2nd Floor
Millville, NJ 08332

Opens:Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Hours:Tuesday, Oct. 21, through Monday, Oct. 27, from 10:00 a.m.to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 25, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (closed Sunday)

Closing:Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at close of business

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Brown Named Outstanding Legislator for Creating Jobs & Opportunity for South Jersey Families

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Chris A. Brown

Assemblyman Chris A. Brown is being honored as an Outstanding Legislator by a leading advocacy organization for New Jersey’s economy and environment. The New Jersey Society for Environmental Economic Development (NJ SEED) will present Brown with the Arthur T. Young Outstanding Legislator Award during its 2014 Economic Summit at Ceasars Atlantic City.

“Assemblyman Brown is being recognized for his good work and leadership for his caucus and the people of New Jersey,” said Michael Drulis, the executive director of NJ SEED. “He understands the Atlantic City area and its economy and people.”

Brown is on the forefront of protecting local jobs by opposing a North Jersey casino, eliminating anti-competitive deed restrictions, and encouraging new casinos to operate in Atlantic City. Brown has focused on these efforts to ensure Atlantic City has the time to transition into a destination resort.

“I am humbled and honored to receive this award. Working on behalf of the middle class families of our state and region is a top priority,” said Assemblyman Brown, R — Atlantic. “By making sure the State and the casino industry keep their commitments to our middle class families, we can create job opportunities and invigorate the local economy.”

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District 40 Legislators Urge Delay in Process Capping Open-air Reservoirs

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District 40 legislators Sen. Kevin O’Toole, and Assemblymen Dave Russo and Scott Rumana have introduced legislation (A-3853) that prohibits the Passaic Valley Water Commission (PVWC) from entering into a contract to cap or drain an open-air reservoir unless it receives approval from the governing bodies of the owner-municipalities of the PVWC and the municipalities receiving water from the PVWC. The PVWC’s three-owner municipalities are Paterson, Passaic, and Clifton. PVWC contract purchasers include the following 40th District municipalities: Little Falls (through NJ American), Woodland Park, Totowa, Bloomingdale, and Riverdale.

The legislators also introduced AJR-86 urging the Department of Environmental Protection (EPA) to delay action on capping open-air reservoirs until it completes its study of current guidelines. The Passaic Valley Water Commission (PVWC) plans to replace two open-air reservoirs in Woodland Park and one in Paterson with closed water storage tanks.

“This proposed plan to build storage tanks in our communities has rightfully outraged our residents,” said O’Toole, R-Passaic, Bergen, Essex and Morris. “This plan has not been properly presented to the public, with ample time for our residents to comment on, yet will forever change the look and feel of these communities. Until the EPA has completed its review of the LT2 regulations, the DEP and the Passaic Valley Water Commission should delay this project so that we have a complete understanding of the situation. In the meantime, all parties involved should be exploring other avenues to protect our drinking water supply and not solely be intent on building unsightly storage tanks.”

The PVWC intends to proceed with a federally-mandated $135 million project to cover or treat the water stored in three Garret Mountain reservoirs by replacing them with concrete tank farms even though EPA has yet to complete an evaluation (“Long Term Surface Water Treatment Rule”) and issue final guidelines on the matter. The three-phase replacement project will take place over 10-years.

Dave Russo

“We know that capping these scenic reservoirs will have adverse effects on our landscape, wildlife, property values and water rates,” said Russo, R-Passaic, Bergen, Essex and Morris. “Before such action is even considered we need to know all the facts. It would be foolish to move forward before we know the results of the EPA’s evaluation.”

Scott Rumana

“This is a classic case of putting the cart before the horse,” said Rumana, R-Passaic, Bergen, Essex and Morris. “Until the EPA issues its new guidelines in 2016, any action by the PVWC is premature. This project has been veiled in secrecy since the beginning. The public has been left in the dark on an issue that will have far-reaching consequences. Ensuring we have clean water is important, but there are other alternatives that preserve the aesthetics of the reservoirs and maintain a clean water supply.”

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Webber, DeCroce Named Outstanding Legislators by the NJ Society for Environmental Economic Development

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BettyLou DeCroce

Jay Webber

Assembly Republicans Jay Webber and BettyLou DeCroce today were hailed as Outstanding Legislators by one of the state’s premier economic and environmental advocacy organizations. Webber and DeCroce were presented with the Arthur T. Young Award from the New Jersey Society for Environmental Economic Development (NJ SEED) during its 2014 Economic Summit in Atlantic City.

NJ SEED is dedicated to the creation of private sector jobs to bolster the economy and enhance the environment. Membership includes the business and labor communities.

“Economic growth and environmental protection are compatible policy goals that can and should be pursued together,” said Webber, R — Morris, Essex and Passaic. “NJ SEED recognizes that, and I appreciate its special recognition.”

“I am proud and honored to be acknowledged for promoting reasonable and responsible policies that provide private-sector jobs and economic growth,” said DeCroce, R — Morris, Essex and Passaic. “With the proper balance, we can augment our state’s environmental vulnerabilities and fuel a flourishing economy for New Jersey families.”

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Bramnick Visits Jersey City Charter School to Swear in Student Officers

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick visited the Jersey City Global Charter School (JCGCS) today to swear in the school’s student officers. The school was granted its charter on January 2012 and opened in 2013. Jersey City Global Charter provides a free, academically rigorous education to students in Kindergarten through Grade 3.

Jon Bramnick

“Charter schools recognize that a one-size-fits-all approach to education doesn’t always provide the best learning environment for all students,” said Bramnick, R-Union, Morris and Somerset. “These schools provide innovative educational opportunities and services that inspire students to succeed. That is definitely the case at JCGCS. I am very impressed with the students, faculty and administrators at the school. I commend the student officers and faculty for their commitment and dedication.”

Students at JCGCS learn, work and manage issues encountered in the real world. Legislators, peer mediators, business owners, bankers, attorneys and community leaders work with children providing the context of a “real world” curriculum.

In July, the school was honored with a Rookie of the Year Award at MicroSociety’s 22nd Annual National Conference, in Phoenix. This annual award is given to schools demonstrating outstanding achievement within the first year of operation.

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick visits with Jose Arango (center), founding board member of the Jersey City Global Charter School and school leaders.

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General Assembly Approves Russo & Rumana Measure to Exempt Service Dogs-In-Training from Pet Licensing

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Scott Rumana

Dave Russo

The General Assembly today approved Assembly Republicans David C. Russo and Scott T. Rumana’s legislation supporting the Seeing Eye and other service dog providers. The measure (A-3502) exempts puppies, typically placed in foster homes before their formal guide dog training, from license and registration requirements.

“For people living with impaired vision, mobility difficulties, and hearing issues, service dogs provide renewed freedom. These trained service dogs assist people in need with so many tasks,” said Rumana.

Seeing Eye dogs first live with volunteer puppy raisers who provide care, socialization, and basic training for puppies from roughly 7 weeks until 14 months of age. During this time, the dog’s health and development are monitored as it remains under the supervision of the Seeing Eye through puppy club meetings, puppy class trips, and visits from the area coordinator.

“These helpful dogs are part of an organization that provides a great service to the community,” said Russo. “Our bill permits the vaccination schedules set forth by the Seeing Eye to be observed in a consistent fashion while avoiding unnecessary over-vaccination.”

The Seeing Eye’s mission is “To change lives by making the world accessible to people who are blind.” They strive to provide the best dogs possible to help achieve this goal.

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Rible’s Student Career Readiness Bill Wins Assembly Approval

Press Release – TRENTON, N.J. – Bipartisan legislation Assembly Republican Conference Leader Dave Rible sponsors that requires the state’s universities and colleges to provide training in career readiness for their education majors today won General Assembly approval. The training will prepare new teachers and counselors to better inform elementary and high school students about vocational/technical career options.

Dave Rible

“College isn’t the only path to a good, rewarding career, but too often, students don’t know enough about other choices,” said Rible, R-Monmouth and Ocean, a product of the Monmouth County vocational school system. “Students learn very little about vocational training options which can lead to secure and well-paying jobs. This is part of the reason why employers say they can’t find qualified workers. There’s a ‘skills gap.’”

“We need to equip rising generations with the knowledge and skills required for available jobs,” he continued. “Who better to do that than our educators and counselors. Industry demands are changing and we have to stay ahead of the curve. I commend Speaker (Vincent) Prieto for his efforts to improve and expand New Jersey’s vocational school programs. ”

The measure, A-3335, ensures that new teachers and counselors are prepared to help students increase their knowledge of career options, develop employability skills, and understand the value of career and technical education. It requires higher education institutions to incorporate into its teaching certificate curriculum coursework or practical and clinical studies to improve student career readiness.

The legislation is one of a package of six bills Rible sponsors to prepare students with marketable, in-demand skills. Five of those bills, including A-3335, received Senate approval Tuesday and now head to Gov. Christie for his consideration.

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