This past January I was sworn into my eighth term as a member of the General Assembly and my fourth term as Deputy Speaker. I am humbled and honored to represent District 37 in the legislature.
This 2020-2021 legislative session, I am proud to announce that I have been selected to serve as the inaugural chair of the Assembly Committee on Aging and Senior Services. New Jersey is home to a growing and diverse older adult population, the mission of this committee will be to assess the needs of New Jersey’s aging population and work to support them across the spectrum of living. As Chair of this committee I will be a voice for New Jersey’s aging population.
In addition, I will also serve as a member of the Assembly Human Services and the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committees.
As a new year and decade begins to unfold, I look forward to another successful term in the General Assembly as I strive to make New Jersey a great place to live. I am confident that 2020 will be yet another year of progress for the Garden State.
“Our fight against human trafficking is one of the great human rights causes of our time. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name- modern slavery.”
- President Barack Obama
In 2013 I was proud to sponsor New Jersey’s landmark Human Trafficking Prevention, Protection and Treatment Act, expanding resources and protections for survivors and strengthening our State’s legal ability to prosecute traffickers.
I believe that this law was a major step forward in New Jersey’s ability to fight human trafficking; it was also a major step forward in how our State responds to and treats survivors.
It is now 2020 and there is far more work left to be done. That’s why I was proud to join Liz Corsini of the Bergen Family Center, Lauren Hersh of World Without Exploitation and author Rebecca Bender to discuss sex trafficking in New Jersey.Read more
“Summertime is always the best of what might be."
- Charles Bowden
I hope that you are enjoying all that our beautiful state has to offer this summer.
I would like to share with you some legislative updates and accomplishments that I am proud to have worked on during these past few months.Read more
On Sunday, Governor Murphy approved the Legislature’s State Budget for FY2020. This year’s budget funds many of our shared priorities, including a record-breaking pension contribution and additional investments to NJ Transit.
Additionally, the budget signed by Governor Murphy appropriates funding to the state’s “rainy day” fund - a state supply intended to support state finances should we face another financial recession. This year’s budget appropriates $401 million to the reserves, the first allocation to the fund in over a decade.
Governor Murphy and the Legislature were able to pass a budget that truly invests in our state and its citizens. Therefore, I was proud to vote for a balanced budget.Read more
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. For too long, those who suffered with mental illness were forced to hide in the shadows. While we have made great strides in understanding mental health and illness, we must do more in combating stigma and removing obstacles to accessing compassionate and affordable care.
As we commemorate Mental Health Awareness Month we will continue to advocate for progress to ensure that everyone has the tools and resources that they need to live a healthy and fulfilling life.Read more
March is Women's History Month and March 8th is International Women's Day. This year, I am commemorating these celebrations by honoring the new and diverse female voices in the United States Congress.
I hope that this month, and every month, you will join me in empowering the women and girls in your life to realize their full potential.
"I raise up my voice — not so I can shout,
but so that those without a voice can be heard.
We cannot succeed when half of us are held back."
— Malala YousafzaiRead more
As the New Year unfolds, we have made great strides, but there is more work left to be done! I look forward to working together with my colleagues in the legislature as we aspire to make 2019 a year of progress and prosperity.
In honor of Babs Casbar Siperstein – A tenacious fighter for equality.
Her story and advocacy will be part of New Jersey history.
“The change we need won’t come from one election alone—but it’s a start. Last night, voters across the country started it. And I’m hopeful going forward, we’ll begin a return to the values we expect in our public life—honesty, decency, compromise, and standing up for one another as Americans, not separated by our differences, but bound together by one common thread.” – Former President Barack Obama