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Assembly Approves Greenwald, Moriarty & Chivukula Bill to Help Improve Response to the Next Superstorm Sandy

May 23, 2014

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, Assemblyman Paul Moriarty and Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula to improve the state's ability to respond to large-scale natural disasters was recently approved 78-0 by the full Assembly.

"Whether it is tornadoes in Alabama, earthquakes in California or hurricanes in New Jersey, Good Samaritan laws are critical in ensuring a safe, effective and speedy response to major natural disasters," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "By passing a Good Samaritan law in New Jersey, we will better prepare our state to respond rapidly and efficiently to the next Superstorm Sandy."

The bill (A-2025) would bolster safety inspection capacity in the aftermath of disasters like Sandy - the scale of which can easily overwhelm local governments - by shielding licensed architects and professional engineers from liability when they volunteer to help local governments respond to major natural disasters.

"Not having this protection deters many of these professionals from volunteering their services in times of critical need, which unduly restricts our ability to quickly and effectively provide safety inspections after a large-scale disaster," said Moriarty (D-Camden/Gloucester). "We cannot afford to go without such valuable assistance when the next big storm hits."

Greenwald, Quijano, Eustace, Johnson & Jasey Bill Banning High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines in NJ Goes to Governor

May 22, 2014

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Lou Greenwald, Annette Quijano, Tim Eustace, Gordon Johnson and Mila Jasey to ban the sale of high-capacity magazines capable of carrying more than 10 rounds in New Jersey was approved Thursday by the Assembly, sending the gun safety bill to Gov. Chris Christie for his consideration.

"This is a long overdue but welcome step toward the goal of preventing gun violence in New Jersey," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "Gov. Christie needs to do the right thing here and sign this bill. In fact, I urge Gov. Christie to put the safety of New Jersey's communities before presidential politics and sign this bill into law as soon as it hits his desk."

Greenwald added, "The data show that a 10-round limit will reduce high-capacity magazines in the hands of criminals. Moreover, these limits will save the lives of innocent victims and law enforcement officers who are confronted by criminals or unstable individuals. That's why law enforcement leaders from around the country have supported 10-round limits on magazine capacity, and it's why Gov. Christie must sign this bill."

Under current law, magazines capable of holding a maximum of 15 rounds of ammunition are legal in New Jersey. The bill (A-2006) would reduce the lawful maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds. The limit proposed by the bill would bring New Jersey's laws in line with the magazine limits contained in the original 1994 assault weapons ban.

Fourth Of July Events In Our District

To celebrate Independence Day, the towns in our district are holding many exciting events throughout the day. From fireworks to live music to house decorating contests, July 4th will surely be a day to celebrate!

On June 28:

1:00 p.m.
Maple Shade
Maple Shade 4th of July parade at South Fellowship & Main Streets

9:00 p.m.
Maple Shade
Fireworks at Maple Shade High School

On July 3rd:

Haddonfield Memorial High School will hold their annual fireworks display on July 3rd. (No rain date)

On July 4th:

9:00 a.m.
Berlin Twp
Parade starts at 9:00 a.m. at the West Berlin Fire Station on Haddon Avenue and continues to Berlin Park via the White Horse Pike and West Broad Avenue. (Rain date July 5th)

10:00 a.m.
Parade begins 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church on Kings Highway(No rain date)

10:00 a.m.
Oaklyn parade starting on the corner of East Beachwood & Johnson Ave. and ending at the Oaklyn Public School on Kendall Blvd.

10:00 a.m.
Hi Nella

Lawmakers Unveil Plan To Save Tesla In New Jersey

Business Insider
May 1, 2014
Hunter Walker
Link to original

New Jersey Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald and Assemblyman Timothy Eustace debuted a proposal Thursday that would reverse a ban on auto manufacturers selling cars directly to consumers in the Garden State. The proposal would allow Tesla Motors to sell its luxury electric cars at up to four locations in New Jersey.
"As an electric car driver, I'm honored to be part of this effort to find solutions to keep a state-of-the-art product and the future of the auto manufacturing industry right here in New Jersey," Eustace said in a statement announcing the proposal. "This legislation will incentivize entrepreneurship, create jobs, promote environmental protection and address the important concerns of consumers in our state."

Last month, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission approved an amendment to its regulations for licensed car dealers that prevented auto manufacturers like Tesla from selling cars without using franchise dealerships. Tesla, which uses a direct sales model and has two stores in the state subsequently issued a series of statements blaming the ban on bad faith negotiating by the administration of Gov. Chris Christie and "attacks" from the car dealers' lobby. Christie later insisted he had "no problem" with the company and would be "happy" to allow them in New Jersey if the Legislature passed a new law.