LETTER – NJ FISH AND WILDLIFE RECORD LAND PURCHASES: HOW WILL THEY MANAGE IT?

The DEP is celebrating another land acquisition to their Wildlife Management Areas that has increased the size of the system to 350,000 acres. At the same time, they are also marking their 125th anniversary of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife this year. Recent acquisitions include an 18-acre…

LETTER – NJ TO RECEIVE $72 MILLION IN VW SETTLEMENT: WILL CHRISTIE ACT?

Yesterday the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust settlement was finalized. New Jersey will have 60 days to accept the money of up to up to $72 million. States must identify a lead agency to supervise the distribution of settlement money no later than Friday, December 1, 2017 in order to access these…

LETTER – A YEAR AFTER HOBOKEN CRASH: ARE WE SAFER?

It is the one-year anniversary of the NJ Transit train crashed in Hoboken, while the agency has seen multiple major derailments. The Hoboken disaster killed one person and injured more than a hundred people during the morning rush hour. There have been multiple other derailments since. All of these incidents may…

LETTER – Christie Trying to Steal Money Before Voters Stop Him

In New Jersey, under the Spill Act if you spill chemicals and destroy natural resources, you not only have to clean-up your mess, but also compensate the public for loss of use. New Jersey has a Public Trust Doctrine that means natural resources belong to all of us. What has…

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LETTER – Bucco listens to business experts to make N.J. affordable

Making New Jersey affordable is one of Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco’s priorities. To help lower the high cost of living, the Republican conference leader attended today’s Affordability Summit to hear firsthand from the state’s business leaders on ways to make that happen. “There’s no question New Jersey has an affordability…

LETTER – Democrats Zwicker and Freiman Earn Sierra Club Endorsement

The two Democratic candidates for Assembly in New Jersey’s 16th Legislative District, Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker and Roy Freiman, have earned the support of the Sierra Club of New Jersey. “I am so honored to receive the support of the Sierra Club of New Jersey,” said Assemblyman Zwicker. “I ran for…

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LETTER – Christie Steals More from Environment Settlements

The public was so outraged with the Christie Administration stealing of the settlement monies from the Passaic River and the sham Exxon Settlement, that the legislature voted to put a constitutional dedication on the ballot. Ballot Question #2 would ensure monies from environmental settlements would go to repair, preserve, replace,…

House Passes Spending Bill That Threatens Environment

House Passes Spending Bill That Threatens Environment   The U.S. House of Representatives passed an omnibus $1.2 trillion spending bill to address funding the government through next year. Among the many ways it puts American families and their well-being at risk, the deal slashes funding for the Environmental Protection Agency…

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LETTER – Sierra Club Saddened by Senator Whelan’s Passing

Senator Jim Whelan passed away last night at age 68. Whelan served in the state Senate from 2008-present and was an Assemblyman from 2006-2007. Before his time in Trenton, he was Mayor of Atlantic City from 1982-90 and served on the Atlantic City School District and as a teacher. During…

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LETTER – Trump’s DOE Report Supports Coal and Nuclear Over Renewables

The new Department of Energy (DOE) report encourages supporting coal and nuclear power, as well as hydroelectric. Energy Secretary Rick Perry ordered the study in April. President Trump and his Administration have been pushing for fossil fuels and against renewable energy since the beginning of their term. The potential policy…

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LETTER – 27 National Monuments Saved: Big Win for Now, Danger Ahead?

27 National Monuments Saved: Big Win for Now, Danger Ahead? Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said that none of 27 national monuments under review by the Trump administration be eliminated, which is a win for now. However, that doesn’t mean they won’t be privatized for oil and natural gas…

LETTER – NEW DEP WATER STANDARDS ON PFNA AND 1,2,3-TCP TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is proposing to amend the New Jersey Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) rules at N.J.A.C. 7:10 to establish, as recommended by the New Jersey Drinking Water Quality Institute (Institute), a maximum contaminant level (MCL) for perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA) of 0.013 micrograms per liter…

LETTER – BUCCO BILL HELPING DISABLED PEOPLE RETAIN RETIRED SERVICE DOGS AS PETS SIGNED INTO LAW

Gov. Chris Christie today signed legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Anthony Bucco allowing the disabled to keep their retired service dogs as pets without violating housing contracts that restrict animals. “When a person depends on their dog for help to get through the day, an intense bond develops that should never…

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MORRIS CONGRESSMAN Pascrell Leads Bipartisan Letter Urging Trump Support for Visa Reform

Letter urges President Trump to support legislative action on reforming visa programs to protect American workers WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) led a bipartisan, bicameral letter to President Donald Trump last week urging support for legislative action reforming visa programs to protect American workers and crack…

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ASSEMBLY APPROVES SPACE BILL TO KEEP PARKS OPEN IF GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Parker Space to ensure state parks remain open to visitors in the event of a state shutdown was approved by the General Assembly today. The bill (A5128) requires state attractions to remain operational for seven days if the Legislature fails to pass a budget. “People who…

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LETTER – SCHEPISI PACKAGE TO FIX MUNICIPALITY’S COURT-MANDATED OVER DEVELOPMENT AGAIN BLOCKED BY SPEAKER

For the second time in 28 days Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi’s attempt to get the State Assembly to relieve municipalities from over development arising from court-mandated housing requirements was denied. “I’m very disappointed that the speaker again blocked my efforts to relieve municipalities of this incredible burden.  The only roadblock helping…

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LETTER – BRAMNICK DEMANDS VOTE BY LEGISLATURE ADDRESSING HIGH-DENSITY HOUSING ISSUE

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick issued the following statement: “The speaker of the General Assembly rejected my request on procedural grounds.  I will continue to fight to sustain home rule on housing issues.”

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LETTER – Pay furloughed workers, penalize legislators for government shutdown

 Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick said today he supports legislation to retroactively pay state employees furloughed during the recent three-day state government shutdown, but adds that legislators’ salary should be reduced $1,000 this year. “State workers were furloughed through no fault of their own. They were willing to work. They…

OP ED America First? Don’t forget our seas Ocean exploration key to helping U.S. keep its economic, national security edge

By Vice Admiral Paul Gaffney II, U.S. Navy (Ret.) In building a policy agenda for our nation’s future, the Trump Administration has made “America First” its guiding principle. With that in mind, our federal government must continue to invest in U.S. scientists to explore a resource critical to American strength…

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Panel clears Dancer bill protecting small employers from costly fines for paperwork blunders

Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s legislation sparing small businesses from costly fines for minor errors on paperwork was advanced today by the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee. The bill (A1704) suspends the assessment of fines on small business for inconsequential first-time violations of filing procedures. It was approved by a 10-0…

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LETTER O’Scanlon Praises Gov. Christie’s Funding For Lead Remediation Programs

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, the Republican budget officer, praised Gov. Chris Christie today for his announcement of adding $10 million to New Jersey’s efforts this year to remove lead-based paint from homes around the state in a fiscally responsible manner.   “This is how to fund priority programs in a fiscally…

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LETTER Bramnick Calls for Action on Tax Reform in Light of Billionaire’s Move

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick commented on N.J. billionaire David Tepper filing for permanent residency in Florida last October.  His move is the most high-profile example of tax flight occurring in the state.   “This is just another example of millionaires and billionaires leaving our state because of high taxes,”…