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Bramnick thanks Kyrillos for his 30-years of public service

Jon Bramnick

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Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union) released this statement following the announcement Tuesday evening by Sen. Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) that he will retire after serving thirty years in the N.J. Legislature.

“Senator Kyrillos represented the civility and respect that is desperately needed in politics today. I thank him for his service to our state and to our party and wish him only the best.”

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Bramnick to meet with Irvington and Paterson mayors

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Jon Bramnick

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick announced Tuesday that he is planning to meet with the mayors of Irvington and Paterson to discuss solutions on the persistent problems within their communities.

“An urban tour is important to understand the issues facing our cities,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “I look forward to meeting with mayors Tony Vauss and Joey Torres and working together to find solutions.”

Bramnick, who is originally from Plainfield and served 6 years on the Plainfield City Council, has experience and interest in working with New Jersey’s cities.

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Bramnick on stage: Two N.J. lawmakers walk into a comedy club …

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Jon Bramnick

In the world of New Jersey politics, it’s no secret that state Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick sometimes moonlights as a standup comedian.

But on Tuesday, he won’t be the only member of the state Legislature telling jokes in front of a brick wall.

Bramnick (R-Union) and state Sen. Richard Codey (D-Essex) will both perform standup sets for charity that night at the Stress Factory in New Brunswick.

It’s not a shocker, per se. Codey, a former New Jersey governor, is often quick with a quip in interviews.

“He’s got some pretty good jokes,” Bramnick said of his colleague from across the aisle. “I’ve laughed at couple of his policies, too.”

The idea came when the two were playing golf together.

“I guess I played so bad, it was funny,” Codey said. “Jon said, ‘Hey why don’t we do this comedy thing?’”

Bramnick said despite the cracks at each other, the goal is actually to prove that members of opposing parties can get along at a time when partisan attacks are at an all-time high.

“In this world, you have incredible animosity,” he said. “So I thought, ‘Why don’t we put that to good use and do standup for charity?’ It’s really important to do things to show people we don’t hate each other.”

They decided they would play to raise money to combat Alzheimer’s Disease.

Vinnie Brand, the standup comedian who owns the Stress Factory, will open the show. Regular tickets are $40. VIP tickets — which include a meet-and-greet — are $50.

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Bramnick applauds Christie’s action to improve public education

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Jon Bramnick

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick applauded Gov. Christie for directing the state Attorney General to reopen the Abbott v. Burke case in an effort to retain and hire the best teachers.

“This action demonstrates the governor’s commitment to the success of students who are being left behind by an outdated public-education system,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “Charter schools in SDA districts have shown the ability to successfully graduate more students at a lower cost than traditional public schools. The Legislature must join the governor in advocating for students in failing districts and the taxpayers who can no longer afford the costs of this failed system.”

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Gov. Christie signs Dancer & Bramnick bill allowing betting at Far Hills Steeplechase

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For almost 100 years, the top steeplechase horses in the world have come to New Jersey to compete in the prestigious Far Hills Races. Over the years, a friendly wager or two may have been placed by the tens-of-thousands of spectators. Today, Gov. Chris Christie signed into law legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Jon Bramnick legalizing betting on the day-long races.

The new law authorizes the New Jersey Racing Commission to grant one two-day permit every year to allow betting on steeplechase races.

Jon Bramnick

“This is the premiere steeplechase event in the country. The top horses and riders come to Far Hills to compete in the Grand National race for the richest purse in the sport,” said Bramnick, the Assembly Republican Leader. “Pari-mutuel betting will help turn this popular event into New Jersey’s version of the Kentucky Derby.”

The 96th running of the Far Hills races is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15. In addition to the Grand National, with a $350,000 purse, there are six other races on the program.

Ron Dancer

“We are taking this great New Jersey tradition and making it even better,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “This legislation will increase the profile of New Jersey’s diverse horse racing industry. Steeplechase horse racing on a farm provides opportunities to experience firsthand and close-up the beauty of horses, as well as the beautiful open space of green pastures that are being preserved from development with equine events.”

Each year the one-day Far Hills festival attracts more than 35,000 spectators, with proceeds benefiting Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerset and health care in the region.

“The Race Meeting has a long tradition of supporting the highest quality of healthcare for people in Central New Jersey,” said Bramnick (R—Somerset). “The increased excitement and interest in this prestigious festival will help provide more money for the fight against cancer.”

The Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson is named in honor of the Far Hills races, which have raised more than $17 million for the medical center.

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Bramnick requests meeting with urban mayors

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Jon Bramnick

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick sent letters to urban mayors throughout the state requesting to meet and discuss the issues facing their communities.

“An urban tour is important to understand the issues facing our cities,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “I look forward to meeting with the urban mayors and working together to find solutions.”

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Bramnick’s legislative goals for New Jersey

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Jon Bramnick

He has been mentioned for months as a possible Republican candidate to succeed Chris Christie as New Jersey’s governor.

And even as experts whisper that Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is the favorite for the 2017 GOP nomination, state Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick said Tuesday that he is still considering launching a campaign for the governor’s office.

“I haven’t ruled that out yet,” Bramnick (R-Union), one of Christie’s top allies in the New Jersey Legislature, said at a Statehouse news conference. “But I’m going to wait until November, until after this election, to make a determination.”

Other potential Republican candidates are Evesham Mayor Randy Brown, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-Somerset), and state Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. (R-Union). No Republican, however, has officially declared.

For now at least, Bramnick is focusing on his role as GOP leader in the Assembly, the lower house of the Legislature. Democrats outnumber Republicans in the chamber, 52-28.

The crux of Tuesday’s news conference was Bramnick’s agenda for the fall. Some goals include:

  • Finding a solution to the stalemate over state transportation funding that led to a statewide road construction shutdown that is nearly in its third month. Christie said he is meeting with legislative leaders this week over the issue.

“Not to pass anything, not to press the button and vote for some sort of funding to me is simply unfair to the people of the state,” Bramnick said.

  • Passing a bill to make legislative districts more competitive. That comes in response to a Democratic push for a constitutional amendment that would change the way New Jersey redraws its districts — a move that Republicans argue would allow Democrats to tighten their political grip on the state for decades.

Bramnick said “if you have a competitive district, you will then have elected officials who are governing from the center.”

  • A bill that would require mandatory quarterly meetings between the governor and legislative leaders.

“All of us can agree that a face-to-face meting in a room leads to discussion,” Bramnick said.

  • A bipartisan campaign finance reform bill that would require “independent groups to be more transparent.”
  • Pushing Christie’s controversial school funding plan, which would give every school district the exact same amount of state aid per student.

Bramnick also called for an end to partisan bickering between Democrats and Republicans.

“There’s a lot of work to be done,” he said. “But let’s do it in a substantive way. Let’s do it as mature leaders. This back and forth is dangerous. It’s divisive.”

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Bramnick: 7 ideas to make Trenton work

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Jon Bramnick

With the Legislature about to return to Trenton after slowing its schedule for the summer, a top Republican lawmaker who may run for governor is urging Democrats to adopt an ambitious agenda.
As the Assembly minority leader, Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, R-Union, has limited influence in compelling action of any of the seven ideas he outlined Tuesday at a Statehouse news conference. He suggested they be discussed directly on the Assembly floor, not in individual committees.

“We’ve got to get to work on all of these topics,” said Bramnick. “… I hope that we can look like a progressive Legislature, a Legislature that is at least talking, getting things done.”

  1. Draw legislative districts so they’re more competitive and less gerrymandered. Attributing the quote to former Gov. Tom Kean, he said 70 percent of residents want centrist governing. “When you have districts that are extreme in terms of partisanship, it breeds extreme representation.”
  2. Require the governor and legislative leaders to meet quarterly, or at least biannually. He said corporate boards meet regularly and that the idea should be adopted by the state government. “There needs to be some face-to-face communication on a regular basis, because I think that’s a lost art, and I think it’s an important art when you’re leading a company or a government.”
  3. School funding reform. He said Christie’s school aid redistribution plan, which would give all districts an equal $6,600 in aid per student, rather than concentrate aid in high-poverty areas, is “probably one of the most important pro-taxpayer ideas that we could possibly address.”
  4. Find a funding solution for the Transportation Trust Fund. He said the Legislature shouldn’t leave the Statehouse until it does. “Not to pass anything, not to press the button and vote for some sort of funding to me is simply unfair to the people in the state.”
  5. Campaign finance reform requiring more transparency from independent PACs, which are upending party-based politics. He said this is the most likely topic to gain traction, given that the proposal has bipartisan sponsors. “If the independent groups have more and more power in the election process, then there’s more and more responsibility on government to make them transparent and find out who is supporting what.”
  6. Shift public workers into a less generous health plan, with the financial savings going into pensions or being returned to taxpayers.
  7. Affordable housing reform, including the return of “regional contribution agreements” that permit suburban towns to pay cities to fulfill at least a portion of their court-ordered obligation to provide low- and moderate-income housing.

Bramnick is considering a run for governor next year, when a term-limited Christie can’t run for re-election. He said he’ll decide whether to run after the November election. He said the priorities he outlined at the news conference are his fall agenda, not a 2017 gubernatorial campaign platform.

“All I can tell you is I think it’s important that we speak out on these issues,” Bramnick said. “You can speak out on these issues as a candidate for governor, you can speak on these issues as a Republican leader, or as an assemblyperson.”

Bramnick described the agenda as “my policy issues,” not necessarily those of the Assembly Republicans as a whole. His party controls 28 of the 80 Assembly seats; at 35 percent of the seats, it’s the smallest share either party has held in the Assembly in 35 years.

“This may not reflect my entire caucus. Some of the members will disagree on some of these, but generally I think there’s consensus,” Bramnick said.

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Bramnick Has Priorities For NJ Legislature

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Jon Bramnick

The New Jersey legislature will return to session after Labor Day, and the leader of the minority party in the Assembly has a long to-do list.

One priority for Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick is campaign finance changes to require more disclosure of spending by independent groups.

“If the independent groups have more and more power in the election process, then there’s more and more responsibility on government to make them transparent. Identify who they are and identify the contributors.”

Bramnick also wants lawmakers to pass a law requiring quarterly face-to-face meetings between legislative leaders and the governor, make election districts more competitive, and change the school funding formula.

“The Democrats may agree or disagree on what the Governor’s number is, but all of us can agree that there should be some shifting of funding to some suburban districts and district who are disproportionately disfavored by the present system.”

Bramnick isn’t sure if majority Democrats in the legislature will act on his proposals.

He says he won’t make a decision until after the November election on whether he’ll be a candidate for governor next year.

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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 30 at 1:30 p.m., in Room 209 of the Statehouse in Trenton.

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