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Reaction: Critical issues remain

Source: Asbury Park Press -

The following are statement issued in response to Gov. Chris Christie’s State of the State address delivered Tuesday:

Jon Bramnick

Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union:

“The people of New Jersey have every reason to be optimistic about the future based on Governor Christie’s proven track record over the last four years. Reducing property taxes, eliminating unused sick leave payouts and improving education must be the Legislature’s top priorities. If our focus remains on solving issues by listening to each other and working together rather than trying to score political points, we can achieve great things in the new legislative session.”

Dave Rible

Assemblyman David Rible, R-Monmouth:

“As a result of the governor’s strong leadership and commitment to fiscal responsibility and government reform the past four years, New Jersey’s economy is no longer on life support, but is healthy and growing. During the past four years we have regained nearly all the 156,000 jobs lost last decade when Democrat tax and spend policies were the norm.

“Governor Christie today has made it clear he remains committed to protecting taxpayers and the business community by advocating for tax relief and unused sick time payout reform which will cost taxpayers more than $900 million. As a former law enforcement officer, I am especially pleased he continues to make the war on crime a priority as well.

“I hope our Democrat colleagues will put political posturing aside and join us in our commitment to keep New Jersey moving in the right direction.”

Scott Rumana

Assemblyman Scott Rumana, R-Passaic:

“Just four short years ago, New Jersey was on the brink of bankruptcy. Under the leadership of Gov. Christie we have made great progress during his first term in office by giving taxpayers four responsible balanced budgets without increasing taxes. We have also kept spending and property taxes under control while reforming the public employee pension and healthcare system that will save taxpayers $120 billion over 30 years.

“His proposals for the coming year, which include a long-overdue and much needed tax cut for our residents and businesses as well as eliminating the costly practice of paying public employees for unused sick time, will keep New Jersey on a sound fiscal track moving forward.”

Mary Pat Angelini

Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, R-Monmouth:

“Gov. Christie’s leadership over the past four years, has helped New Jersey weather the most sustained recession on record. In spite of the economic impact of the Superstorm, unemployment is falling at a record pace, and since February 2010, sustained job creation has replaced almost every one of the 156,000 private sector jobs lost during in the decade before Gov. Christie came to Trenton.

“There is more to be done to help New Jersey taxpayers hold on to more of their pay checks. Working together, the Governor and the Legislature have capped property taxes, and with a little more bipartisan cooperation, we can cut those property taxes by agreeing on further reforms, like resolving the issue of ‘unused sick leave,’ a $900 million expense for taxpayers.”

Declan O'Scanlon

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, R-Monmouth:

“New Jersey is moving forward on momentum fueled by our having passed the most sweeping reforms in the state in the last 50 years. Both sides of the aisle deserve credit for that, and Gov. Christie deserves credit for his leadership in making it happen.

“Bipartisan cooperation has given us four balanced budgets and reigned in spending. Working together, we have reformed pension and health benefits, capped property taxes, and helped bring jobs and economic opportunity back to New Jersey.

“I look forward to working together with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, with Gov. Christie’s continued leadership, to complete the work we have started, and to deliver the tax relief that is so desperately needed by all New Jersey taxpayers.”

Anthony M. Bucco

Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco, R-Morris:

“Governor Christie’s remarks clearly show that he remains focused on the primary goals of delivering relief to taxpayers, creating good-paying jobs in the private sector and improving our education system.

“Given the bipartisan success we have achieved since Governor Christie came to office, such as property tax cap and pension reforms, taxpayers have every reason to be confident that they will remain the top priority. We need to continue to grow our economy and the opportunity to cut taxes 10 percent across the board will help achieve that goal and keep us competitive with our neighboring states. Eliminating unused sick payouts and encouraging the sharing of services are other reforms that will help ease the burden on taxpayers.

“We have made great progress over the last four years, but much remains to be accomplished. I hope that we can continue to work together in a bipartisan manner on addressing the important issues that will help make New Jersey more affordable and allow the people of our state to prosper.”

 

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Angelini on Gov. Christie’s State of the State Address

Mary Pat Angelini

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release -

Assembly Republican Deputy Conference Leader Mary Pat Angelini, R – Monmouth, issued the following statement on the State of the State Address delivered today by Gov. Christie to a Joint Session of the Legislature:

“Gov. Christie’s leadership over the past four years, has helped New Jersey weather the most sustained recession on record. In spite of the economic impact of the Superstorm, unemployment is falling at a record pace, and since February 2010, sustained job creation has replaced almost every one of the 156,000 private sector jobs lost during in the decade before Gov. Christie came to Trenton.

“There is more to be done to help New Jersey taxpayers hold on to more of their pay checks. Working together, the Governor and the Legislature have capped property taxes, and with a little more bipartisan cooperation, we can cut those property taxes by agreeing on further reforms, like resolving the issue of ‘unused sick leave,’ a $900 million expense for taxpayers.”

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Angelini Calls for Volunteer Firefighters to Be Exempted From Obamacare

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release -

ACA Act Could Shutter Volunteer Firehouses Forced to Provide Health Care

Mary Pat Angelini

Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini is calling for the federal government to exempt volunteer firefighters from Obamacare which could devastate fire departments throughout Monmouth County.

Angelini said that under the employer mandate provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, some municipal fire departments may be considered employers and thus, would be required to offer health insurance to their members or pay a steep financial penalty.

“Our volunteer fire departments operate with minimal resources and simply cannot absorb the cost of providing health insurance to their members,” she said. “Failure to exempt volunteer firefighters from Obamacare could result in the closing of volunteer firehouses throughout the state.”

Angelini will introduce a resolution that urges Congress to enact the bi-partisan “Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act” which would exclude volunteer firefighters from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

“The majority of our municipal fire departments are staffed by dedicated volunteers who help keep our communities safe at a minimal cost,” she said. “If Congress does not act on this legislation, many volunteer fire departments will disappear and towns will have to utilize paid firefighters which comes with a significant cost to the local taxpayers.”

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Angelini: NJ Women Would Be Better Served By Boosting Economy

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release -

‘New Jersey residents have made it clear that jobs are their top priority’

Mary Pat Angelini

Assembly Republican Deputy Conference Leader Mary Pat Angelini voiced concern that the Democrats’ agenda during the Lame Duck session purports to help women but fails to address the pocketbook issues that are the chief concern of the majority of New Jersey women.

“Like most of the state’s taxpayers, New Jersey women and families are looking to us for help through jobs, meaningful tax relief, and economic opportunity. But the Democrats offer legislation on breast milk sharing which, while worthwhile, does nothing to provide the affordability New Jerseyans desperately need.

“Residents of our state have made it clear: Jobs are their top priority. After a 10-year attack on business that strangled economic growth and eliminated jobs, we have moved to make New Jersey more competitive. We turned the corner, adding more than 64,000 private sector jobs in the past year, and now is the critical time to capitalize on that momentum.

“Instead, the Democrats chose to sabotage job expansion with legislation that threatens to chase employers out of the state.”

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Angelini Applauds Announcement of the Home Repair and Advocacy Program

Assembly Republican Press Release -

Program to Help Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Whose Primary Residence was Damaged by Superstorm Sandy

Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini applauded the Christie Administration for providing funds for seniors and individuals with disabilities whose homes were damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

Mary Pat Angelini

“Even though many efforts have been made to help New Jersey residents affected by Superstorm Sandy, there is still much more work to do,” said Angelini. “This program will give seniors and individuals with disabilities, many of which who live on a fixed income, the opportunity to fix their homes.”

The Home and Repair Advocacy Program is funded by an $8.2 million federal Social Services Block Grant and will offer up to $5,000 for eligible households.

“The Home and Repair Advocacy Program will offer much needed assistance to many residents who are having difficulty repairing their homes,” said Angelini. “Receiving these additional funds will enable more people to get back into their homes.”

This program seeks to help seniors and individuals with disabilities fix necessary homeowner practicalities including replacing structural foundations, repairing heating and cool systems, and renovate major home appliances.

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Angelini, Beck, and Casagrande Laud Announcement that Eatontown will Receive Funds for Those with Disabilities

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release

Senator Jennifer Beck and Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande lauded the Christie Administration for awarding Eatontown Borough a $20,000 grant that will help them offer recreational programs for adults with disabilities.

“These funds will allow Eatontown to make some great programs available to its disabled adults,” said Beck. “State grants like this help towns meet federal obligations without having to burden local taxpayers. Our goal should be to make as many opportunities available to all of our residents while doing so in the most cost effective means possible. The programs that will result from this grant will be a boon to Eatontown’s disabled community.”

“This grant gives Eatontown the opportunity to provide individuals with disabilities the chance to participate in leisure and recreational activities, “said Angelini. “Programs, such as these, are beneficial to those who have disabilities by allowing them to be included more fully in society.”

The Recreational Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities Program Grant assists local municipalities in meeting mandatory mandates under the Americans with Disabilities Act in the least restrictive environments.

“Eatontown has demonstrated a commitment to provide year round quality recreation programs for adults of all abilities” says Casagrande. “The Borough is to be commended for offering these opportunities not just to Eatontown residents, but to those in surrounding communities as well. This grant money will help them to continue their mission of providing safe and enriching recreational opportunities that will help residents reach their full potential.”

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Angelini honored for two decades of service at Prevention First

Source: – www.WordOnTheShore.com -

Mary Pat Angelini

Long Branch: The Long Branch Concordance Family Success Center gave recognition and grateful thanks to Prevention First’s Executive Director Mary Pat Angelini and the city’s “First Responders”, including Firefighters, First Aid Squads, Police and the Office of Emergency Management for many years of dedication and service to the city’s safety and well-being. The event took place on Thursday evening at the New Jersey Repertory Theater,

Accepting the award for the First Responders were Pubic Safety Director Jayson Roebuck, Police Captain Michael McGlennon, First Aid Capt. Kim Iadanza, and Coordinator Stan Dzuiba, Long Branch Office of Emergency Management. “The recipients here tonight represent all those in the city for their continuing service over the years and as demonstrated in the longs days and weeks that followed Hurricane Sandy,” Roebuck told the audience. He also thanked the many residents who also acted selfishly in helping neighbors during those trying days.

The ceremony honored the 175 firefighters, 80 first Aid volunteers and city wide police force whose members also run food drives, recreation activities for the youngsters and other volunteer activities to benefit their community.

Mary Pat Angelini was recognized for her two decades of service at Prevention First, guiding its programs to assure happy, healthy life focused on families. The organization plays a strong role in combatting drugs, bullying and other negative actions in the community.

Participating were Long Branch’s Council members Dr. M.J. Celli, Joy Bastelli, Kate Billings, Michael Sirianni and John Pallone, joining residents and business leaders.

Some attendees remained afterwards in the theater to enjoy the new stage play this season at NJ Rep, “Middlemen.”

Proceeds will help the Concordance to continue to provide the best possible education in parenting, literacy, health/nutrition, and work force skills for families from its offices at St. James Church, 300 Broadway. For more information call the LBC Family Success Center at 222-571-1670, or go online at http:lbc4help.org.

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BECK, CASAGRANDE AND ANGELINI LOOK BACK TO SANDY DEVASTATION WHILE LOOKING AHEAD WITH CONFIDENCE

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Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande visited Ocean Grove today to talk about the one year anniversary of Supertstorm Sandy. Nearly 12 months ago the most severe storm in the state’s history made land devastating homes and forever changing thousand of New Jerseans lives.

“We’re obviously in a better place than we were this time last year,” said Beck. “We’ve worked tirelessly to help those in need and return their lives to what was, but it hasn’t been without challenges. Governor Christie has done an admirable job leading our state during one of the most trying times and our job is not done. While $30 million of $600 million in federal funding for the state’s Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) program is expected to be released by the end of this month, that’s not good enough. The Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) has not made it easy to help our constituents, the process needs to be simplified and expedited. The National Flood Insurance Program has also let us down, in the immediate aftermath of Sandy there were promises made that have not been kept.”

The RREM program, designed by the state, is distributing money from HUD through grants of up to $150,000 for approved primary homeowners. Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable III said that the second round of HUD funding is expected in December. It is unclear how much the second pot will be but those on the RREM waiting list would get first crack at that money. Beck, Angelini and Casagrande are urging HUD to streamline the process for Sandy victims.

Mary Pat Angelini

“Over the past year, we have made incredible progress in our recovery from this historic storm,” said Angelini. “However, our area is still facing many challenges and too many people are still struggling to put their lives back together. As we mark the one-year anniversary of Sandy, now is a good time to recognize the incredible resiliency of the affected residents while, at the same time, reaffirming our commitment to each and every person who was impacted by this devastating storm.”

Caroline Casagrande

“Our District experienced some of the worst destruction from Superstorm Sandy and one year later it is gratifying to see so much rebuilt and restored” says Casagrande. “There has been significant progress made with federal government support, but there remains much to be done. Flood insurance premiums are too high and the program has failed our families in many cases. I will continue to work to hold insurance companies and FEMA accountable so that our residents and businesses get the help they need.”

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Beck, Angelini, Casagrande Look To Ban Motocross Tracks Near Homes

Source: LongBranch-Eatontown Patch -

Mary Pat Angelini

Senator Jennifer Beck and Assemblymembers Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande are sponsoring legislation that would ban motocross facilities from being built near residential properties.

They are also looking for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to withdraw the $500,000 grant money it has allocated for the motocross track proposed for Tinton Falls.

“Facilities like the one proposed in Tinton Falls can have a serious impact on nearby residents and property values,” Beck said in a release. “Homeowners should be protected from having one of these

Caroline Casagrande

dropped in on their neighborhood. A bill like ours is a common sense measure protecting our constituents’ homes and neighborhoods.”

The legislation would not have any impact on existing motocross applications.

The Jersey Shore Motocross proposal would entail the development of a 21 acre facility for dirt bike racing. The plans call for the construction of three tracks, including one with lighting for night racing, as well as a parking lot for nearly 400 vehicles.

“The motocross track proposed for Tinton Falls would have a significant impact on the quality of life for residents in surrounding residential communities,” Angelini said in a release. “Residents who live nearby are understandably concerned about noise, pollution, traffic and a number of other issues associated with locating this type of facility in such close proximity to residential properties”

This legislation also requires anyone seeking to operate a motocross facility to obtain a license from the state Department of Law and Public Safety and prohibits such a license from being granted for any proposal to be located within five miles of a residentially zoned area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beck, Angelini & Casagrande Want to Ban Motocross Tracks Near Homes

Source: Press Release

Caroline Casagrande

Senator Jennifer Beck and Assemblymembers Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande announced that they are sponsoring legislation to ban motocross facilities from being located near residential properties and are calling on the state to withdraw funding it has provided for a track proposed in Tinton Falls.

The 11th District legislators said they were sponsoring a bill to prevent projects similar to the one that is proposed for Shafto Road in Tinton Falls from being considered in the future.

“Facilities like the one proposed in Tinton Falls can have a serious impact on nearby residents and property values,” Beck explained.

Mary Pat Angelini

“Homeowners should be protected from having one of these dropped in on their neighborhood. A bill like ours is a common sense measure protecting our constituents’ homes and neighborhoods.”

The lawmakers noted that, while the legislation would not have any impact on existing applications, they wanted to ensure that these projects could not be forced on towns that were opposed to these facilities being located in their community. They also expressed concern that, under existing law, one municipality could approve a motocross project that could negatively impact on a neighboring town or an entire region.

The Jersey Shore Motocross proposal would entail the development of a 21 acre facility for dirt bike racing. The plans call for the construction of three tracks, including one with lighting for night racing, as well as a parking lot for nearly 400 vehicles.

“The motocross track proposed for Tinton Falls would have a significant impact on the quality of life for residents in surrounding residential communities,” said Angelini. “Residents who live nearby are understandably concerned about noise, pollution, traffic and a number of other issues associated with locating this type of facility in such close proximity to residential properties”

This legislation requires anyone seeking to operate a motocross facility to obtain a license from the state Department of Law and Public Safety and prohibits such a license from being granted for any proposal to be located within five miles of a residentially zoned area.

“Motocross is a fun sport but unfortunately it’s an incredibly loud sport as well,” said Casagrande. “It doesn’t belong in a residential community like Tinton Falls where it can disrupt peaceful family life. This legislation will help establish parameters for better locations for motocross.”

Beck, Angelini and Casagrande also wrote to the Department of Environmental Protection requesting that they withdraw grant money they allotted for this project.

“We respectfully request the allocated $500,000 is withdrawn from this project and considered for another more favorable site,” they wrote.

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