Category: Press Release

Bramnick Extends Best Wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving

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Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union, Morris and Somerset, issued the following statement as our nation prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving:

Jon Bramnick

“Happy Thanksgiving to all. A special thanks to all of our men and women serving in our armed forces. I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving Day with family and friends.”

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A Thanksgiving Day Message from Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce

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BettyLou DeCroce

“Thanksgiving Day is the most truly American holiday of the year. It is a holiday requires of us nothing more than to be thankful for what we have and to share our blessings with our friends and families.

“Simply by virtue of being Americans, we have a lot to be thankful for. We can be thankful for the bounty that this great country offers us and appreciative of how truly blessed this nation is. We can be thankful for the opportunities that America provides and thankful that, compared to much of the world, we live in peace and safety.

“This holiday season, let’s all strive to open our hearts to those less fortunate than ourselves and do what we can to lessen their burden. There are many people right in our own towns who are struggling to put food on the table and a roof over their heads. These people deserve our support. And what better way to say thank you to God for all that we have, than to help those in need?

“I hope you enjoy the Thanksgiving Day to its fullest — open your hearts and your homes to your family and friends, and make memories that will last a lifetime.”

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Bramnick to Host Healthcare Summit

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Republican Leader Scheduling Forum at Kean University

Jon Bramnick

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick said as the marketplace continues to change due to the effects of Obamacare, he will convene a Healthcare Summit at Kean University in January. Bramnick is in the process of inviting stakeholders to discuss healthcare and patient choice. Patient groups, doctors, hospitals, insurance companies and the business community will be invited. The event will be open to the general public. The date for the summit will be announced in mid-December.

Bramnick will moderate a panel that will discuss topics including:

•Patient choice
•Doctor-Patient decision making
•Challenges facing hospitals in 2015
•Healthcare costs
•Mandates on insurance companies
•Technology in healthcare

Those interested in attending can respond to Kevin Logan in the Assembly Republican Office by calling 609-847-3400 or email klogan@njleg.org.

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McHose and Space Laud BPU Action to Block Impractical Wind Farm Project

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Assembly Republicans Alison Littell McHose and Parker Space today commended the Board of Public Utilities for taking decisive action on behalf of New Jersey’s electric rate-payers with another denial of an offshore wind farm near Atlantic City.

Alison Littell McHose

“In this state, we pay some of the highest electric rates in the nation. It is refreshing to see a decision supporting the rate-payers,” said McHose, R – Sussex, Warren and Morris. “There is a popular fallacy that wind power is free. It is far from it, and New Jersey homeowners and employers would have been left holding the bag for the almost $200 million cost of this idealistic project. Economically and realistically, the wind farm is unfeasible.”

The proposed 25-megawatt wind-turbine farm had already been rejected once by BPU. In both opinions, BPU cited concerns about the project being too expensive for the utility rate-payers who would be funding it.

Parker Space

“New Jersey residents and businesses demand reliable and affordable electricity,” noted Space, R – Sussex, Warren and Morris. “This offshore project will never produce affordable electricity. Instead of an expensive fairy tale, we need real-life, workable solutions to power our economy and our homes.”

McHose and Space are sponsors of a bill (A-123) to repeal the ill-conceived four-year-old law demanding more than 1,000 megawatts of costly electrical generation from inefficient offshore wind installations by 2020.

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Dancer Bill Helps Protect Children from Sex Offenders

Press Release – To further protect students from sex offenders, Assemblyman Ron Dancer has introduced legislation requiring school districts to provide local police officials with a listing of bus stops so that police will be aware of those that are near the residences of sex predators.

Ron Dancer

“With today’s computerized listings, cross checking the school bus stop list against the Megan’s Law registry will provide another layer of protection for children within seconds,” said Dancer, R-Ocean, Burlington, Middlesex and Monmouth. “It would be invaluable for police to know a registered sex offender lives in the vicinity where children wait at a bus stop each morning or are walking by his residence. This is another tool law enforcement can use to help prevent a tragedy.”

Under the bill, A-3606, a school district would only be required to provide a listing of the location of all school bus stops to the municipality’s police department. In towns without a police department, the list will be given to the New Jersey State Police.

Dancer said such information will assist police in prioritizing their patrol time and routes for vigilance in the neighborhood or vicinity of a sex offender residence where children are being picked up or dropped off from their school bus and walking home.

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Ciattarelli Chides Stores Chasing Sales on Thanksgiving

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Assemblyman Jack M. Ciattarelli today lauded retailers who recognize the importance of Thanksgiving by choosing to keep their stores closed. At the same time, he expressed disappointment with the two dozen malls in New Jersey and the scores of retailers who are open during the holiday.

Jack Ciattarelli

“Thanksgiving is a truly American holiday which commemorates the harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621,” stated Ciattarelli, R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex. “In that sense, Thanksgiving is really more than just a holiday – it is an American ideal.

“American capitalism, marked by free markets and choice, is also an ideal. What happens, however, when long held values collide with capitalism?” questioned Ciattarelli. “More and more stores opening earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving is deeply troubling. Do the stores open because people shop, or do people shop because stores are open?

“As for dedicated retail employees, I am saddened that they cannot enjoy the holiday,” continued Ciattarelli. “Stores that recognize the meaning of Thanksgiving by staying closed, and allowing their workers to enjoy the holiday, should be commended.”

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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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