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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

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…”