Look out for lanternflies, they're dangerous hitchhikers

By Eric Houghtaling

In the past year, we’ve come to associate the word ‘quarantine’ with staying home to slow the spread of COVID-19. Many New Jerseyans may not know much of the state is under a very different kind of quarantine aimed to protect our crops, native plants and agricultural industry from a dangerous invasive species.

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Downey Speaks Out on Asbury Park Press Racial Slur Caption

In response to The Asbury Park Press apology, Downey wants the media to “do better”.  


FREEHOLD - In response to The Asbury Park Press updating its apology regarding the offensive caption of a nurse, Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Monmouth) calls for the media outlet to be held accountable for their actions. 

Assemblywoman Downey released the following statement in response to The Asbury Park Press apology:

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Gopal, Houghtaling & Downey Urge Governor to Prioritize Teachers for Vaccine Distribution

The legislators request Governor Murphy add teachers, support staff and daycare workers to Group 1B for vaccine distribution across the state.

OCEAN TWP - Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey sent letters to Governor Murphy and the Department of Health requesting teachers, school support staff and daycare workers be added to Group 1B for vaccine distribution across the state. Understanding that demand is currently also greater than supply, Gopal, Houghtaling and Downey are also urging the Murphy Administration to begin meeting with school districts to discuss their potential vaccination plans for their employees who wish to receive it between now and this August. Planning now can help get districts ready for full in-person learning and normalcy for September 2021 which will greatly benefit our students, teachers and families.

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Houghtaling and Downey Statement on the Retirement of Senator Loretta Weinberg

After Senator Loretta Weinberg announced her retirement on a zoom press conference Wednesday afternoon, Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey issued the following joint statement:

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Pinkin, Conaway & Houghtaling Bill Establishing ‘New Jersey One Health Task Force’ Passes Committee

Legislation Promotes Inter-Disciplinary Collaboration to Improve Health of People, Animals & Environment

(TRENTON) – In recognition of the interconnected nature of people’s health with that of animals and the environment, three Assembly Democrats sponsor legislation to establish a task force with the purpose of developing a promoting collaboration between different professionals in those fields.

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Committee Clears Legislation Sponsored by Downey and Vainieri Huttle to Provide Safety to Residents in Group Homes

(TRENTON) – In an effort to improve safety for those with developmental disabilities living in special residential facilities, Assemblywomen Joann Downey (D-Monmouth) and Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) sponsored legislation approved Thursday by the Assembly Human Services Committee requiring group homes to permit the installation of electronic monitoring devices (EMDs) in common areas upon the request and consent of the residents or their authorized representatives.

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