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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.

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Opinion: Protecting the wealthy

The Record
July 2, 2012
Lou Greenwald

DEMOCRATS approved legislation to help low-income New Jerseyans needing legal services.

Governor Christie vetoed it.

Democrats approved helping women obtain quality health care.

Governor Christie vetoed it.

Christie’s war on New Jersey’s middle class marches onward. The governor’s mania to protect tax cuts for the mega-rich over providing property tax relief for the middle-class and senior citizens is appalling.

We gave the governor one more chance to help beleaguered homeowners across this state and once again he failed miserably.

Blatant effort to distract

Monday’s speech was a blatant attempt by the governor to distract from his opposition to middle-class New Jerseyans. The governor has made his choice – he will protect the mega-rich to the detriment of middle-class taxpayers.

In his desperation to deliver tax cuts to the wealthy during his audition for the vice presidency, Christie has put his own political ambitions ahead of New Jersey’s middle class. As he spouts distortions and slogans, the governor cannot escape the facts: He keeps protecting huge tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires while property taxes in New Jersey just keep rising.

Democrats wanted to correct that injustice but the governor simply wants to prolong it.

Democrats are not about to make the same mistake Republicans made with Gov. Christie Whitman and President Bush by passing tax cuts that cannot be paid for and contributed to economic turmoil.

Christie Makes New Appeal for a 10% Income Tax Cut

The New York Times
July 2, 2012
By Kate Zernike

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie called a special session of the Legislature on Monday to argue his case again for a 10 percent income tax cut, saying “the New Jersey comeback” depends on it.

But as with most things the governor does, Democrats viewed his half-hour speech less in terms of what he actually said and more for what it said about his national ambitions, and what some believe are his hopes to be the Republican vice-presidential nominee.

The Democrats, who control the Legislature, noted that they had passed a budget allowing the tax cut Mr. Christie is seeking, if revenue comes in according to his optimistic projections by the end of the year. Even if they had done as the governor asked on Monday and voted right away to approve the cut, they noted, state residents would not be able to claim it until next year, when they file their taxes.

The governor, in his remarks to lawmakers gathered in the Assembly chamber, asked: “What are we waiting for?”

The Senate president, Stephen M. Sweeney, replied in his own remarks: “What’s the drama?”

“What’s the urgency?” Senator Sweeney, a Gloucester County Democrat, said. “There’s urgency to cutting people’s taxes, but we shouldn’t provide tax relief we can’t afford. We’re not going to say, ‘Go ahead and spend the money,’ if we have to make cuts later.”

“It’s ironic,” he added, “that the Democrats are the fiscally responsible ones, and the Republicans want to spend money not knowing whether it’s going to be there.”