Tag: Caroline Casagrande

Casagrande:Handling of Rice case shows more work needs to be done [video]

Source: Assembly Republican Video -

Caroline Casagrande

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande spoke on the Assembly Floor Monday, Sept. 15, to establish New Jersey’s Task Force on Domestic Violence and Abuse. Casagrande referred victim advocates’ testimony before the Assembly Women and Children Committee that prosecutors handling of Ray Rice is too often common and urged legislators to do more to support victims.

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande: “I rise to support my colleagues across the aisle as well as my colleagues on this side of the aisle who have all, in a bipartisan manner, come together to let domestic violence victims here in New Jersey know that they are not alone.

“Our chairwoman of Women and Children put together a very aggressive agenda this week and our vice-chair. And we took a holistic approach. One of those things that perhaps those of you who don’t have the benefit of sitting on Women and Children heard this week from domestic violence advocates we directly asked, ‘was the Ray Rice case rare? Is it rare you can knock a woman unconscious in the State of New Jersey and not get a day of jail time?’ And, the answer came back a resounding, ‘No.’

“So while we have a lot to congratulate ourselves on – improving the lives of these victims today, I suggest humbly as a legislator that we have a long way to go on the connecting of the intensions of this House – because I assure you everyone in this House believes that if you knock a woman unconscious and drag her out of an elevator you belong in prison – and what is actually going on in the courthouses across New Jersey.

“We found out that 40,000 cases of domestic violence cases go through municipal courts and judges have an hour and a half of training, and that’s unacceptable.

“So thank you for these bills. Thank you for my colleagues who helped move them, but we have a long way to go to protect these victims.”

read more

Republicans support domestic violence bills passed by NJ Assembly

Source: Asbury Park Press -

With multiple references to suspended NFL star Ray Rice, the Assembly unanimously approved a half-dozen measures Monday aimed at combating domestic violence.

None of the proposals was written in response to Rice knocking his now-wife unconscious in an Atlantic City casino hotel elevator in February or last week’s video release of the incident. In fact, four of the bills have been awaiting action since 2010.

But the controversy surrounding the former Rutgers University and Baltimore Ravens running back lent a sense of immediacy to the passage of the package that would allow victims to testify by closed-circuit television and allow them to claim self-defense to justify any force they use to protect themselves from someone who is subject of a restraining order.

There are more than 70,000 domestic violence cases a year in New Jersey. More than 4,500 are severe enough to trigger a restraining order.

Rice avoided trial by agreeing to enter the state’s Pretrial Intervention Program. Charges will be dismissed if he successfully completes the program. The NFL suspended him for two games, until the video was made public. He has now been suspended indefinitely, and the Ravens terminated his contract.

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, R-Monmouth, said more protection for victims needs to be done. For instance, she said it’s unacceptable that 40,000 domestic violence cases go through municipal courts, whose judges get 90 minutes of training on the subject. She said people who testified before the Assembly committee that considered the bills said Rice’s admission to the PTI program wasn’t unique.

Caroline Casagrande

“We have a long way to go in connecting the intentions of this house – because I assure you, everyone in this house believes that if you knock a woman unconscious and drag her out of an elevator you belong in prison – and what’s actually going on in the courthouses across New Jersey,” she said.

Casagrande and 12 fellow Republican women lawmakers issued statements following the votes that called on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to resign over his handling of domestic violence, both the Rice issue and the indictment of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for injuring his son by disciplining him by lashing him with a thin branch.

read more

Casagrande-Muñoz Praise Assembly Vote on Domestic Violence Bill Package

Assembly Republican Press Release -

Assembly Republicans Caroline Casagrande and Nancy F. Muñoz voiced their support for today’s Assembly approval of a bill package addressing domestic violence. Casagrande and Muñoz are members of the Assembly Women and Children Committee, which released the bills last week.

Caroline Casagrande

“As we have seen in the NFL, the incidence of domestic violence is not rare and not confined to New Jersey,” said Casagrande, R-Monmouth. “These bills deal with a pervasive problem that recognizes the victims’ needs and how we can help them through a traumatic experience.

“Common sense tells us that knocking someone unconscious or punching them in the face causes serious body injury,” continued Casagrande.” The Legislature must now focus on the penalties that are imposed in these situations. Allowing a violent act to go unpunished trivializes the seriousness of this crime.”

The bill package requires counseling for domestic violence offenders; establishes the justification of self-defense by victims; creates a program to assist victims reintegrate into society; and permits a witness under age 16 to testify by closed circuit television in domestic crime prosecutions.

Nancy Munoz

“Attacks on domestic partners are too frequent,” commented Muñoz, R-Union, Morris and Somerset. “Perpetrators of domestic violence must face appropriate punishment and not a slap on the wrist. The Ray Rice episode was horrific and this issue is far from over. The next step must be to strengthen the law make and make certain the punishment fits this heinous crime.”

Both Casagrande and Muñoz joined with other women in the Assembly Republican caucus in calling for the resignation of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as a result of the league’s tepid response over recent incidents of domestic violence.

read more

Casagrande on bill package protecting domestic violence victims

Source: The Star-Ledger -

As footage of football player Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancee unconscious sparks outrage around the country, a New Jersey Assembly panel today approved a package of bills intended to protect domestic violence victims.

Caroline Casagrande

Casagrande suggested the Legislature work to consider legislation to make sure those who commit egregious domestic violence offenses are are charged with serious crimes. Some of the outrage over the Rice video has focused on the Atlantic County prosecutor’s decision to let him enter a pre-trial intervention program.

“How can we be clearer as a Legislature that knocking someone unconscious … absolutely is an assault on that person?” Casagrande asked.

The five bills the Assembly Women and Children Committee unanimously approved this morning were first written in 2012 or 2013, and the meeting was scheduled last Friday — days before the video was leaked.

But the controversy around the video fueled much of the talk about the bills, including the most far-reaching proposed legislation, which would require all people convicted of domestic violence to undergo counseling (A1310), allow victims to testify against the accused through closed-circuit television (A2154), and create an early release and reintegration program for incarcerated victims of domestic violence (A1677).

“A lot of the social media this week didn’t get why she stayed,” Bernadette Maull, a victim advocate from the Camden County Women’s Center, said about Rice’s wife. “We’re putting all our focus on the responsibility of the victim to get out of that situation, when our focus should really be why should we tolerate that. Why were so many people surprised when they saw that video?”

The two other bills approved by the committee would require police to search a registry of domestic violence restraining orders when conducting and arrest (A1953), and allow courts to admit the retraining orders as evidence as to “whether the use of force was justifiable” if a domestic violence victim is charged with attacking his or her abuser (A1579).

Nobody who testified at the hearing opposed any of the bills. But they did take issue with some of their details.

Some lawmakers expressed concern about the reintegration program, which would allow some low-risk offenders who are domestic violence victims out of prison if they undergo “re-entry training, agree to a re-entry plan outlining their responsibilities under the program, and follow a transition plan that might include a secure residential community placement.”

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande (R-Monmouth) said she was concerned about the bill’s costs, which have not yet been tabulated.

“It is my hope that, with some additional work, this bill can become revenue neutral with the inmates that are being released,” she said.

Casagrande also suggested the Legislature work to consider legislation to make sure those who commit egregious domestic violence offenses are are charged with serious crimes. Some of the outrage over the Rice video has focused on the Atlantic County prosecutor’s decision to let him enter a pre-trial intervention program.

“How can we be clearer as a Legislature that knocking someone unconscious … absolutely is an assault on that person?” Casagrande asked.

This is the first legislative hurdle for the bills. To become law, they would need to pass the full Assembly and Senate, and get Gov. Chris Christie’s signature.

read more

Casagrande-Muñoz Laud Assembly Women and Children Committee for Action on Domestic Violence

Assembly Republican Press Release -

With domestic violence at the forefront of public concern, Assembly Republicans Caroline Casagrande and Nancy F. Muñoz lauded the action taken today by the Assembly Women and Children Committee which released a package of bills addressing the problem. Both Republican legislators are members of the committee.

Caroline Casagrande

“We heard testimony from people on the front lines of domestic violence that the Ray Rice case wasn’t rare,” said Casagrande, R-Monmouth. “Even though common sense dictates that knocking someone unconscious is an attempt to cause serious bodily injury, these charges are frequently downgraded. There is clearly a disconnect between the legislative intent regarding domestic violence and how the law is applied in the courtroom. Reducing charges that allow a violent act to go unpunished trivializes the seriousness of this crime.”

The 5-bill package requires counseling for domestic violence offenders; establishes the justification of self-defense by victims; creates a program to assist victims reintegrate into society; and permits a witness under age 16 to testify by closed circuit television in domestic crime prosecutions.

Nancy Munoz

“Physical assault is an act of violence,” said Muñoz, R-Union, Morris and Somerset. “The recent event regarding Ray Rice and his then fiancé brings this important issue to the forefront. The Legislature is committed to protecting the public from violent acts. Today’s bill package addresses the victims’ needs, and we must also make clear there is an intent to punish those guilty of committing this heinous crime.”

read more

Munoz, Casagrande Give Voice to Domestic Violence Victims

Source: PolitickerNJ -

In the midst of Assemblywomen on the Women’s and Children’s Committee expressing outrage this morning over the Ray Rice story, Asw. Gabriela Mosquera surprised her fellow committee members when she spoke about her personal life and the domestic violence victimization of her mother.

Five bills passed out of committee today dealing with domestic violence and in that context, Mosquera made her statement to a hushed chamber.

Mosquera said she spent time as a girl in a women’s shelter with her mother.

Following the video that surfaced in Atlantic County of Rice punching his girlfriend in an elevator, and prompted by the story of Rice’s slap on the wrist by the prosecutor’s office, others on the committee spoke up today on the subject.

Caroline Casagrande

“We heard testimony from people on the front lines of domestic violence that the Ray Rice case wasn’t rare,” said Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande (R-11). “Even though common sense dictates that knocking someone unconscious is an attempt to cause serious bodily injury, these charges are frequently downgraded. There is clearly a disconnect between the legislative intent regarding domestic violence and how the law is applied in the courtroom. Reducing charges that allow a violent act to go unpunished trivializes the seriousness of this crime.”

According to the Assembly Minority Office, the five-bill package requires counseling for domestic violence offenders; establishes the justification of self-defense by victims; creates a program to assist victims reintegrate into society; and permits a witness under age 16 to testify by closed circuit television in domestic crime prosecutions.

Nancy Munoz

“Physical assault is an act of violence,” said Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz (R-21). “The recent event regarding Ray Rice and his then fiancé brings this important issue to the forefront. The Legislature is committed to protecting the public from violent acts. Today’s bill package addresses the victims’ needs, and we must also make clear there is an intent to punish those guilty of committing this heinous crime.”

read more

Casagrande Lauds Directive Allowing Sports Betting at Racetracks and Casinos

Assembly Republican Press Release -

Assembly Republican Caroline Casagrande, R-Monmouth, said the horse racing and casino industries now have an excellent chance to improve their revenues following Monday’s directive by the Attorney General that clarifies casinos and racetracks may operate sports betting at their facilities without facing criminal or civil liability.

Caroline Casagrande

“The governor’s actions give racing venues like Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands a significant chance to increase their revenues. Sports enthusiasts will be able to visit a race track, enjoy the entertainment it offers and place a wager on a sporting event taking place in another state. We know that sports wagering is already taking place. The directive creates a revenue source that enables New Jersey to compete with neighboring states for gaming dollars and will give a big financial boost to the casino and horseracing industries alike. The economic ripples will be far reaching, from preserving more farmland to employing more individuals in racing and gaming.”

read more

Casagrande bill provides help for small businesses in NJ

NJ 101.5 -

A Garden State lawmaker is sponsoring legislation that’s designed to help small businesses hold onto their workers and create new positions at the same time.

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande’s (R-Freehold) measure would establish a small business job creation and preservation account program to encourage small business workforce expansion in New Jersey.

Caroline Casagrande

“It would allow businesses with no more than 100 workers to have tax-free savings accounts to keep those jobs in New Jersey and to expand new jobs,” she said. “This would allow for small businesses to create jobs and to preserve jobs that are in danger of being eliminated.”

She said while there are many programs designed to help larger corporations, smaller companies are often left behind.

“It’s really hard for us to target them, to micro-target them in a way that we are just focusing, like a laser on job creation, and that’s exactly what this bill does,” Casagrande said.

Casagrande said she’s been studying other states that have had success in job creation – including New York, where the savings account idea began – and it’s working well.

“We have to find a way to encourage small businesses to create jobs,” she said. “Knowing they are half our employers in the state of New Jersey. This is a great way to grow the private sector in New Jersey, and really the Main street private sector, not necessarily the giant corporations.”

She added economic growth must be the state’s top priority, and the bill will hopefully be considered as soon as possible by the Legislature.

 

read more

Casagrande Continues to Support Economic Rebound with Job Creation Bill

Assembly Republican Press Release -

Monmouth County Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande is continuing to make job creation and economic growth her top priorities as New Jersey transitions from summer into the fall.

Caroline Casagrande

“It is not acceptable that a state as great as New Jersey, with as much as we have to offer, continues to lag behind in these important areas,” stated Casagrande, R- Monmouth.

Casagrande believes fresh ideas are needed to continue New Jersey’s economic rebound. She has introduced a bill to establish a small business job creation and preservation account program to incentivize small business workforce expansion in New Jersey.

“The legislation allows taxpayers to earn tax-free interest on account balances that are used to create or preserve full-time jobs,” said Casagrande.

The bill, A-3573, limits the program to small businesses independently owned and operated; are not dominant in their field; employ no more than 100 workers; and have no record of a state tax assessment associated with fraud or negligence.

“It is my hope this bill will be taken up as swiftly as possible in our Legislature,” continued Casagrande. “I believe this legislation will spur other ideas to generate economic vitality and put our residents back to work,” added Casagrande.

read more

Casagrande Pleased with Passage of Open Space Funding Measure

Assembly Republican Press Release -

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, R-Monmouth, expressed her support today after the Assembly approved a constitutional amendment (SCR-84) that will ask voters for approval to dedicate four percent of the Corporate Business Tax (CBT) to open space, farmland and historic preservation in November:

Caroline Casagrande

“The preservation of open space is a critical issue in New Jersey. We need to continue protect our environment and the beauty of our communities. The most densely populated state in the nation owes it to future generations in New Jersey to keep parts of the state green. Protecting farmland, water resources and preserving open space are important to our residents and I am confident this ballot question will receive the public’s support in November.”

read more

Page 1 of 26123451020...Last »
top