Bill to Strengthen Auto Industry & Keep Tesla in New Jersey Advanced by Senate Panel

March 9, 2015

Assembly approved legislation New Jersey Assembly Democrats Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, Timothy Eustace, Paul Moriarty and Pamela Lampitt sponsored to permit certain zero emission vehicle manufacturers to directly sell motor vehicles to consumers and require them to operate service facilities was advanced Monday by the Senate Commerce Committee.

The bill (A-3216) would keep Tesla in operation in New Jersey. Under a Motor Vehicle Commission decision, automobiles must be sold through franchises.

Under the legislation, which was approved by the Assembly in June, Tesla will be allowed to sell directly to consumers at up to four licensed locations in New Jersey. Manufacturers engaging in direct sales would also be required to operate at least one retail facility in the state for vehicle service, thus addressing public safety and consumer protection concerns.

"Tesla is an innovative company that has produced a top-rated, environmentally conscious product," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "Their commitment to innovation, job-creation and customer satisfaction is precisely the kind of entrepreneurial spirit we should be encouraging in New Jersey. Unfortunately, the Motor Vehicle Commission's decision threatened to hamstring those efforts."

Resolution Condemning Global Acts of Anti-Semitism Advanced by Assembly Panel

February 12, 2015

Legislation Assemblywoman Pamela Rosen Lampitt, Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald and Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo, Gary Schaer, Joseph Lagana, and Tim Eustace sponsored condemning global acts of Anti-Semitism and calling for expansion of Holocaust education programs to combat prejudice was advanced Thursday by an Assembly panel.

The resolution (ACR-211) was advanced by the Assembly State and Local Government Committee.

"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."

"Throughout history, the Jewish people have endured horrific and unrelenting persecution because of their religion," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "Anti-Semitism has no place in our state, in our nation or in our world. It is the duty of leaders in public service to stand up and speak out against this unacceptable prejudice."

A May 2014 survey by the Anti-Defamation League entitled, "The ADL Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism" surveyed residents of more than 100 countries about their attitudes toward Jewish people. The survey found that a majority of survey respondents had either not heard of the Holocaust or believed the Holocaust never happened.

Mosquera, Greenwald & Weinberg Unveil Legislation to Protect Domestic Violence Victims from Gun Violence

February 12, 2015

Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera, Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg will introduce legislation on Thursday to strengthen New Jersey's gun laws and protect victims of domestic violence from gun violence.

"For victims and their children, domestic violence turns a chance to live the American Dream into a horrific nightmare. I know, because I've lived that nightmare," said Mosquera (D-Gloucester/Camden). "Too many victims are killed before they ever have a chance to get out, at the hands of abusers who have easy access to firearms. This legislation will change that - strengthening our gun violence laws in order to protect victims of domestic violence."

"Study after study tells us that domestic violence and firearms are a deadly combination," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "But these numbers are not just statistics. They represent real lives that have been shattered. We're taking this issue head-on and strengthening our gun laws to save those lives."

"Gun violence perpetrated against women often stems from domestic violence incidents that escalate and turn tragic," said Weinberg (D-Bergen). "We have to do more to protect the lives of women and children who find themselves in a dangerous family situation. By imposing stronger laws that limit abusers' access to firearms we will better protect victims against preventable and, too often, fatal gun violence."

The facts about domestic abuse and firearms access are sobering:

Assembly Panel Approves Johnson & Greenwald Bill to Promote & Improve Oral Health throughout New Jersey

February 9, 2015

Legislation Assemblyman Gordon Johnson and Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald sponsored to promote and improve oral health in New Jersey, especially among young children, was advanced by an Assembly panel on Thursday.

The bill (A-3314) would establish the New Jersey Center for Oral Health at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in order to provide for a collaborative state effort to address oral health. The Dean of the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, or the dean's designee, would serve as the director of the center.

"Poor oral health can lead to so many other health problems, so it's important that we as a state join in a collaborative effort to combat this problem," said Johnson (D-Bergen). "Hopefully these efforts will lead to better oral hygiene at a young age, putting our residents on a path to a lifetime of better overall health."

"Research suggests that oral health mirrors our overall health," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "Not only will this bill help improve public health throughout New Jersey, but it will also help address health care costs, which is one of many pressing economic issues facing our state."

Under the bill, the center would develop and facilitate model public and private partnerships for oral health awareness campaigns to improve the access, acceptability and use of oral health services in this state. It would serve as an information and resource center for specific oral health information and data concerning oral health and disseminate the data to interested parties.

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

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.