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More on Bill to Reimburse College Application Fees to Veterans and Armed Forces Members

February 27, 2014

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, and Assembly Democrats Cleopatra G. Tucker, Gordon M. Johnson, Daniel J. Benson, Wayne P. DeAngelo, Gilbert "Whip" L. Wilson to encourage veterans and members of the Armed forces to pursue higher education goals was approved Thursday by the Assembly.

"These are real-life heroes who too often come home to face financial troubles despite their great sacrifice to our nation," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "A college education is the gateway to a better future, so this simple step is the right thing to do for our veterans and members of the Armed Forces."

"Our military deserve every break we can give them for their enduring service to our country," said Tucker (D-Essex). "An opportunity to further their education will help them to continue making invaluable contributions to our country."

"Our veterans and military are the pride of our nation," said Johnson (D-Bergen) "These men and women have defended our freedom with bravery and courage. So let's do what we can to help them achieve their education goals."

The bill (A-2019) requires public institutions of higher education to waive or reimburse the public institution's application fee and fee for the receipt or transmission of a transcript for veterans, members of the Armed Forces of the United States, the Reserve components thereof, or members of the New Jersey National Guard who reside in this State and accept admission to the public institution of higher education.

Prieto & Greenwald on Plans to Advance Bill Banning High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines in New Jersey

February 24, 2014

(TRENTON) - Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald on Monday joined with parents of school children killed in Newtown, Ct. and gun safety advocates to welcome plans to finally advance legislation to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines in New Jersey.

"We've seen the horrors of large capacity magazines when they were tragically used in mass shootings throughout our nation," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen). "They serve no other purpose but to allow someone to shoot longer and inflict more damage without having to pause to reload. In the debate over gun safety, saving lives always comes first, and we will do all we can to ensure the tragedy of Newtown cannot happen again. Standing idle can never be an option when such a sensible bill as this can easily be pushed toward law. We must do the right thing and today we're finally headed in the right direction - toward a safer New Jersey."

"High-capacity magazines have only one purpose - to inflict the most damage possible in the shortest amount of time," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington), who has long pushed for the bill. "We've made a commitment to these parents make public safety a priority and ban these magazines that have fueled horrible shootings throughout this country. We owe it to the children lost in Newtown and the countless other victims to ensure we do everything we can to prevent another tragedy. With this bill, we continue to respect law-abiding gun owners, but make it more difficult for those who are intent on hurting others. That's common sense."

Assembly Democrat Bill to Reimburse College Application Fees to Veterans and Armed Forces Members Advanced by Assembly Panel

February 11, 2014

Greenwald, Tucker, Johnson, Benson, DeAngelo & Wilson Measure Also Includes Reimbursement of Transcript Fees

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, and Assembly Democrats Cleopatra G. Tucker, Gordon M. Johnson, Daniel J. Benson, Wayne P. DeAngelo, Gilbert "Whip" L. Wilson to encourage veterans and members of the Armed forces to pursue higher education goals was advanced Monday by an Assembly panel.

"These are real-life heroes who too often come home to face financial troubles despite their great sacrifice to our nation," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "A college education is the gateway to a better future, so this simple step is the right thing to do for our veterans and members of the Armed Forces.

"Our military deserve every break we can give them for their enduring service to our country," said Tucker (D-Essex). "An opportunity to further their education will help them to continue making invaluable contributions to our country."

"Our veterans and military are the pride of our nation," said Johnson ( D-Bergen) "These men and women have defended our freedom with bravery and courage. So let's do what we can to help them achieve their education goals."

The bill (A-2019) requires a public institution of higher education in the state to waive or reimburse application and transcript fees for each veteran, member of the Armed Forces of the United States or member of the New Jersey National Guard who resides in New Jersey and accepts admission to the institution.

Greenwald Op-Ed: Why NJ should crack down on high-capacity magazines

Star Ledger
March 13, 2014
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It’s a moment you don’t forget. Each of us remembers hearing the news: a gunman had stormed a Connecticut elementary school, killing 20 6- and 7-year-olds and six courageous adults who tried to protect them. As a nation, the tragedy of Newtown broke our hearts. But it should also strengthen our resolve to protect our communities from senseless gun violence.

Several times, I have met with parents whose children were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary. These visits are among the most profoundly moving experiences in my 18 years of public service.

These families told me how they used to see stories about shootings on the evening news. They told me their hearts would go out to the families of the victims. They told me they would say prayers, then return to the normal business of their lives. But in the blink of an eye, their families were ripped apart.

This story could happen to any of us. Any of our families could so easily be devastated the way the victims of gun violence are devastated every day.

We can no longer afford to be a society that sees gun violence on the news and thinks nothing can be done. That’s why I have proposed reducing the capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds. This reasonable proposal will promote public safety while respecting the Second Amendment.

Greenwald Sworn in As Assembly Majority Leader; Vows to Attack NJ's Property Tax Crisis "Once and for All"

January 14, 2014

(TRENTON) – The New Jersey General Assembly on Tuesday swore in Assemblyman Louis D. Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington) as the Majority Leader for the 216th Legislature.

First elected to the Assembly in 1996, Greenwald said he was inspired to public service by watching his late mother, Maria Barnaby Greenwald, the legendary first woman mayor of Cherry Hill, bring people together to solve problems and advocate for senior citizens and middle-class families.

From her, Greenwald said he learned the value of standing up for beliefs and bringing people together to solve problems at an early age.

Throughout his service in the Assembly, Greenwald has been the architect of auto insurance reform, reformed the hospital charity care system, revised New Jersey's school funding formula, led a fight to pass property tax relief credits for middle-class families, and championed common sense ideas to reduce gun violence.

Greenwald, who became Majority Leader in 2012 after serving as Assembly Budget Committee chairman from 2002 to 2011, pledged to continue to emulate these values in the 216th Legislature.

Below is the text of Majority Leader Greenwald's remarks at the Assembly Reorganization ceremony, as prepared for delivery:

"Thank you. I am truly honored to stand before you today, and I am deeply thankful for the privilege of being selected as the Assembly Majority Leader for the 216th Legislature.