Press Releases

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 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.

Greenwald: Christie Owes Haddonfield Families Explanation for His ‘Jersey Setback’ Policies

(VOORHEES)--Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington) issued the following statement Tuesday on Gov. Christie's impending visit to Haddonfield:

"I'd like to welcome Gov. Christie to the 6th District. The governor owes the middle-class families and senior citizens who make our communities strong an explanation: when will he give up his obsession with massive tax breaks for the wealthy that continue to harm New Jersey's families?
"And when will he end his policies of catering to the wealthy instead of the middle-class, policies that have landed New Jersey 47th in the nation for economic growth? The governor talks a lot about a Jersey Comeback, but under Gov. Christie, we're seeing a Jersey Setback with ever-increasing property taxes, an economy that's falling behind and an unemployment rate that is far worse than the national average.
"When you look past the slogans, the governor's record becomes clear. Under Gov. Christie's policies, net average property taxes have gone up 20 percent while New Jersey's economy is ranked 47th in the nation. Our unemployment rate is worse than our neighbors' and a full percentage point worse than the national average.

PENNSAUKEN TO HOST 14th BEACH, GREENWALD, AND LAMPITT “MOBILE OFFICE”

6th District Legislators to Bring Convenient, Local Constituent Services to Pennsauken

(VOORHEES)—Senator James Beach, Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald and Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (all D-Camden) announced today that members of their staff will be at the Pennsauken Free Library on Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. to help local residents navigate a variety of State issues and services. This “mobile office” event will provide a convenient opportunity for local residents to receive direct assistance with State issues that affect them and their families.

This outreach event will be staffed by experienced constituent service representatives who will assist residents with questions or concerns on a variety of State issues including, but not limited to unemployment, taxation, utility assistance, financial aid and veterans’ affairs. Informational materials covering a broad range of topics will also be available.

This expanded service is the fourteenth in a series of events started in 2010 hosted by Beach, Greenwald and Lampitt designed to make State services more accessible to and convenient for 6th District residents. It follows successful “mobile office” hours hosted in Berlin Township, Oaklyn, Haddonfield, Haddon Township, Collingswood, Voorhees, and Cherry Hill.

Staff from the offices of Beach, Greenwald and Lampitt will continue to travel throughout the Sixth Legislative District to further assist area residents.