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Assembly Majority Leader: NJ, like the US, is beset by anxiety Read More: Assembly Majority Leader: NJ is beset by anxiety too

NJ101.5
January 20, 2015
Kevin McArdle
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“Let me share with you the anxiety of a woman that I met at the supermarket line in Berlin (NJ),” said Greenwald. “She is nervous because her property taxes have gone up 19 percent in the last five years.”

A woman in North Jersey recently asked Greenwald why she can’t find a job despite the fact that employment is up in surrounding states. He said that anxiety is real.

“Let me share with you the anxiety of a couple in their 80s outside of our church at St. Andrews in Gibbsboro, New Jersey who is concerned that they have not received their (property tax) Homestead rebate and they keep asking me week after week, ‘When is it coming?’” Greenwald saidd. “Well we know the answer to that. It is not coming under the (Christie) administration.”

The property tax problem, the economic crisis, funding the Transportation Trust Fund and reforming the public workers’ pension system can all be tackled according to the assemblyman.

“The reality is those issues can be addressed,” Greenwald said. “If we are here enough to work together to address the problems and not be afraid of the negativity of the consequences.”

In his State of the State, the governor also talked about the progress being made in the efforts to revitalize the city of Camden. Greenwald said that is an example of how problems can be solved if everyone is on board and working together.

NJ Republicans and Democrats sparring again

NJ101.5
December 19, 2014
Kevin McArdle
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Democrats and Republicans are closing out 2014 by arguing over which party was more ineffective this year.

During a press conference on Thursday in Trenton, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) said top Democrats wasted 2014 trying to link Gov. Chris Christie to a scandal while ignoring the economy and the business community. But Assembly Democratic Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Voorhees) said Bramnick is wrong, and added that no one cares what Republicans in New Jersey have to say anyway.

“For the past year, the Democrats in my judgment have concentrated on the negative – Bridgegate. A year of Bridgegate hearings did anything but instill confidence in businesses in this state,” Bramnick said.

For four days in September of 2013, access lanes in Fort Lee leading to the George Washington Bridge were closed without warning causing massive traffic jams. Many Democrats believe the lanes were shutdown as political retribution because Fort lee’s Democratic mayor refused to endorse Christie’s re-election campaign. Christie has denied any involvement and an internal probe cleared him, but the scandal is still dogging the governor as he mulls a run for president in 2016.

Lampitt, Greenwald, Mazzeo, Schaer, Lagana & Eustace Unveil Resolution Condemning Global Acts of Anti-Semitism

December 18, 2014

Assemblywoman Pamela Rosen Lampitt, Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald and Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo, Gary Schaer, Joseph Lagana, and Tim Eustace unveiled a resolution (ACR-211) on Wednesday condemning global acts of Anti-Semitism and calling for the expansion of Holocaust education programs to combat prejudice.

“We have seen a rising tide of disturbing anti-Semitic acts across the globe in recent years. Whether it is the vandalizing of houses of worship, attacks on families or the disgusting pronouncements of Holocaust-deniers, these acts deserve our strongest outrage and condemnation.” said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington) “This virulent strain of prejudice is an affront to the very notions of humanity that form the center of any civilized society…”

Greenwald Praises Select Committee’s Work to Uncover Abuse of Power that Crippled Fort Lee

December 8, 2014

Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald on Monday praised the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation for the steady and thorough leadership employed to investigate the abuse of government power that threatened public safety and brought the town of Fort Lee to a standstill for nearly a week.

"I want to thank my fellow committee members and our counsel for their dedication and professionalism to date.

"The snapshot released today of the events that have transpired reveals an almost baffling abuse of power that, had it not been for this committee and the Assembly Transportation Committee, would have likely gone unchecked, leading to untold other transgressions.

"Throughout this process, Democrats and Republicans, alike, have agreed that an abuse of power took place. And despite the disagreements raised today, we have not heard one factual discrepancy or dispute on the report itself.

"What we now have is a clear picture of the many questions that still remain unanswered. Ultimately, we still need to find out why the bridge was closed and who closed it. Taxpayers deserve these answers," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington).

Bipartisan Port Authority Reform Legislation Gains Assembly Approval, Heads to Governor’s Desk

November 13, 2014

Comprehensive bi-state, bipartisan legislation to increase transparency at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was passed Thursday by the Assembly, giving it final legislative approval. The two approved bills now head to the governor's desk.

Sponsors of the bills, Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Speaker Vincent Prieto, Majority Leader Louis Greenwald, Gordon Johnson, Tim Eustace, Joseph Lagana and Carmelo Garcia, noted that the legislation will introduce integrity to the bi-state agency.

"Long before 'Bridge-gate' was even a term, we have been pushing for reforms at the Port Authority to address the gross mismanagement and abuse of taxpayer funds that have been well-documented. We finally have a chance now to put real reforms in place, and we can't squander this opportunity," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "These bills will help create unprecedented transparency and accountability at this multi-billion dollar agency in order to help protect the commuters of this state who have been paying the price for years of lack of oversight. I'm pleased my colleagues in the legislature have come together to support this overhaul, and I hope the governor will join us in doing the same."