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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.

Greenwald at Roundtable Event: On Sandy Grants, Small Business Owners Deserve Action, Not Excuses

April 7, 2014

New Jersey Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington) met with a group of small business owners Monday, in a roundtable event discussing the Economic Development Authority's grossly mismanaged administration of the Stronger New Jersey Business Grant program. The event, which took place at Francesco's Italian Restaurant in Highlands, New Jersey, featured several business owners expressing serious frustrations about lengthy, unexplained delays, being bounced from caseworker to caseworker, and a lack of transparency surrounding the process.

"This grant program was designed to provide small businesses damaged by Superstorm Sandy a helping hand to help businesses get back on their feat," said Greenwald. "What they got instead was a horror story: endless delays, unanswered questions, bureaucratic foot-dragging, finger-pointing, and mismanagement."

"The stories I heard today from the small business owners who are the backbone of our state's economy are extremely disturbing," Greenwald continued. "When it comes to this grant program, our small business owners deserve action and answers, not excuses."

The Stronger New Jersey Business Grant program began in April 2013, with the goal of helping small business owners repair damage their businesses suffered as a result of Superstorm Sandy. The program, which provides up to $50,000 to businesses with revenues bellow $5 million, provides funds may be used by impacted businesses for working capital, inventory, equipment, furnishings, and construction.

Greenwald: Sandy Affected Businesses Need Relief Now

March 25, 2014

(TRENTON)--New Jersey Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington) released the following statement Tuesday, expressing shock and disappointment at ongoing delays and red tape in the Economic Development Authority's (EDA) administration of the Stronger New Jersey Business Grant program:

"It's extremely disturbing to me to learn that the small businesses devastated by Sandy- businesses that are the backbone of our economy - have encountered severe delays and red tape instead of the simple relief promised them by EDA when it announced this program.

"Out of $100 million of eligible grant money, EDA's most recent report shows that less than 20 percent has been approved to help small businesses recover from the impacts of Sandy. Out of more than 3,300 applications for this grant money, EDA's most recent report indicates only 314 grants have been approved.

"These numbers suggest a stunning lack of urgency in helping small business owners get back on their feet after one of the most historically devastating storms our region has ever faced.

"Business owners have now come forward to describe severe red tape they have faced in getting their applications processed by EDA, including serious delays, a lack of transparency and being bounced from case worker to case worker.

"It's been almost a year since the inception of this program, and fewer than 314 grants have been approved - comprising less than 10 percent of all applicants. This lack of action is completely unacceptable. These small business owners deserve action, not excuses."

Greenwald on Tesla: Christie Needs to Get His Facts Straight & Take Responsibility

March 19, 2014

(TRENTON)-New Jersey Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington) released the following statement Wednesday:

"When it comes to Tesla, Governor Christie needs to get his facts straight. Rather than take responsibility for his own administration's decision to shut down Tesla, he chose to point fingers and evade accountability. These town hall antics reek of hypocrisy.

"The governor's comments are a classic example of passing the buck in the face of an unpopular decision instead of accepting responsibility.

"Here are the facts: the Motor Vehicle Commission previously issued Tesla a license to sell cars in New Jersey. Now, MVC is changing their rules so that Tesla will no longer be allowed to operate in New Jersey. This was not an act of the legislature, but rather Governor Christie's administration changing its mind about Tesla.

"Instead of taking responsibility for his administration, Governor Christie instead chose to manufacture a crisis and blame the legislature. Nevertheless, given the importance of this issue, I will work with my colleagues in the legislature to clean up the governor's mess.

"The policy priorities of encouraging innovation, promoting environmental protection, and accommodating consumer concerns are of paramount importance. I have met with both sides of this issue, and I look forward to working collaboratively to find a solution, rather than finger-pointing in an effort to score political points."