Houghtaling and Downey Respond To Sports Betting Revenues

In response to the release of the most recent sports betting revenues, Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey issued the following statements:

“We initially fought to legalize sports betting here in New Jersey because we knew what a positive impact it would have on our economy,” said Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling. “These revenue reports prove that our instinct was correct. We are thrilled to see sports betting making such a positive impact on our local racetracks and we look forward to the continued success of our horse racing industry.”

“The horse racing industry is absolutely vital to our economy. Not only do these tracks generate significant revenues, but they also employ thousands of residents through direct and indirect jobs,” said Assemblywoman Joann Downey. “These recent revenue reports show that New Jersey made the right choice in legalizing sports betting at our race tracks. We are seeing influxes in revenue while securing jobs for our residents. It’s a major win for everyone.”

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Houghtaling and Downey: Brookdale Too Vital To Lose Accreditation

In response to reports that Brookdale Community College is at risk of losing a key accreditation, Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey issued the following statements:

“Brookdale Community College is an important institution here in Monmouth County. We cannot afford for this campus to lose its accreditation and derail the education of thousands of New Jersey’s students. We must do everything we can to support Brookdale as it proves its compliance,” said Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling.

“A loss of accreditation for this vital institution threatens the federal aid funding of 14,000 students. We cannot allow this to happen,” said Assemblywoman Joann Downey. “We urge The Middle States Commission to give Brookdale Community College the opportunity to provide sufficient evidence that it is in compliance with ethical and integrity standards, as well as educational effectiveness standards.”

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Houghtaling and Downey Introduce "Marissa's Law"

Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey introduced a bill known as “Marissa’s Law” in an effort to increase safety on New Jersey’s roadways and hold negligent drivers accountable.

The bill (A4487), introduced September 24, provides for a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment for leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death or serious bodily injury, except if the operator reports the accident. The bill also increases the mandatory minimum term for reckless vehicular homicide.

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Houghtaling Bill to Help Prevent Vandalism on Farmlands Signed into Law

In order to better protect farmlands against the threat of vandalism and trespassing, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling has taken action, sponsoring legislation to update and clarify penalty provisions for vandals and trespassers. The bill was signed into law Thursday by Governor Phil Murphy.

 “This helps protect agricultural businesses in the state from encroachment that can damage crops and put a damper on their business,” said Houghtaling. “Farming is an expensive venture. Damage caused by trespassing, whether intentional or not, should be rectified.”

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Gopal, Houghtaling and Downey Respond to NJ Familycare Audit

In response to an audit revealing the New Jersey Department of Human Services lost millions over a three year period due to the mismanagement of NJ FamilyCare accounts, Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey issued the following statements:

“It is utterly unacceptable that the state’s NJ FamilyCare accounts were grossly mismanaged throughout the Christie Administration,” said Senator Vin Gopal. “Due to poor oversight, the State paid out $177.5 million in false claims, in addition to $720,000 in payments and fee-for-service claims for individuals who were deceased. New Jersey cannot afford these costly mistakes.”

“I sincerely hope the Department of Human Services takes swift action to correct these egregious errors and fulfill the responsibilities of the NJ FamilyCare program,” said Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling. “We are confident the Murphy Administration will see the severity of this issue and work quickly to get the DHS and NJ FamilyCare program back on course.”

“There are far too many hardworking New Jerseyans who rightfully deserve these funds to carelessly fulfill fraudulent claims,” said Assemblywoman Joann Downey, Chair of the Human Services Committee. “The extreme lack of care in the management of this program during the Christie Administration is appalling and has led to the waste of valuable resources. Our residents deserve better and we look forward to working with Governor Murphy to right the ship.”

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Houghtaling and Downey Support Pound the Pavement for Purple 5K

 

The 5th Annual Pound the Pavement for Purple 5K Run and 2 Mile Walk, co-founded by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Freeholder Thomas Arnone, will return to Neptune on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Hosted in cooperation with the Township of Neptune, Neptune City, Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and with the great support of the Pound the Pavement for Purple Committee, the 5K will benefit the Lustgarten Foundation which works to advance the scientific and medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of pancreatic cancer.

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Houghtaling Bill to Help Prevent Vandalism on Farmlands Clears Assembly

In order to better protect farmlands against the threat of vandalism and trespassing, Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling has taken action, sponsoring legislation to update and clarify penalty provisions for vandals and trespassers, which was approved by a 78-0 vote Thursday by the General Assembly.

“This helps protect agricultural businesses in the state from encroachment that can damage crops and put a damper on their business,” said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth). “Farming is an expensive venture. Damage caused by trespassing, whether intentional or not, should be rectified.”

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Houghtaling and Downey Bill Requiring Bi-hourly Election Reports Signed Into Law

A bill sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey, which requires district boards of election to report every two hours the number of voters who have voted at each precinct, was signed into law on Friday, August 24 by Governor Phil Murphy.

This bill (A3463) requires the district boards of election to report every two hours the number of voters who have voted at each precinct, and authorizes challengers to request the reported count.      

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Downey Bill to Require Schools to Maintain Opioid Antidote Supply Signed Into Law

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey to require schools to maintain a supply of an opioid antidote was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy on Friday, August 24.

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First Annual Kids Congress A Great Success

The first annual Kids Congress event, hosted by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey, was a great success, with over 20 local children in attendance.

Hosted on Monday, August 27 at the Eastern Branch Library in Shrewsbury, Kids Congress treated children to a day of fun and learning through group activities and educational games. Nearly two-dozen children spent their morning learning how a bill is made, who their representatives are, and testing their knowledge of U.S. Government through games and activities.  

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Creating a Better World for Our Daughters

The world I grew up in as a girl was far different than the world we live in today.

The thought of becoming a successful attorney, or holding public office, was not as tangible for little girls when I was growing up as it is today. To this day, I operate in worlds that are largely dominated by men, both as a lawyer and as an Assemblywoman.

But through the support of my loving family and later my incredible husband, I overcame the gender stereotypes that society expected me to conform to and a forged a new path for myself — one that felt true to me and not ascribed to me by gender norms or external expectations. I developed a successful law practice, I won a seat in the General Assembly in a stunning upset, and I did it all while raising two daughters.

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Houghtaling and Downey to Host Kids Congress

Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey are inviting local children to learn more about their government through fun, games and collaboration at the first annual Kids Congress.

Kids Congress is a non-partisan, kid-friendly event that offers Monmouth County children between the ages of 6 and 10 the opportunity to learn how their government works, why legislators pass laws, and how a law is made through fun games and group activities.

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Houghtaling & Downey Applaud Signing of Fort Monmouth Liquor License Bill

Today Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a bill introduced by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to distribute additional liquor licenses to the three host municipalities in Fort Monmouth.

The three towns impacted by the bill are Oceanport, Eatontown and Tinton Falls. Under the current law, a municipality may only issue one plenary retail consumption license, for bars and restaurants, for each 3,000 of its population.

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