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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Houghtaling & Downey’s Bill to Designate a School Employee as a Safety Specialist Now Law

Today Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a bill introduced by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to designate a school employee as a Safety Specialist.

The bill (A3765) amends current law to allow any employee with safety experience to be designated as a school safety specialist. Previously, Superintendents were only allowed to appoint Administrators as the school safety specialist.  

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Houghtaling & Downey Bill Signed into Law

Today Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a bill introduced by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to limit the time continuing care retirement communities retain refundable entrance fees after a resident vacates a facility.

“We have a duty to ensure our seniors and their families are not being taken advantage of,” said Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling. “Once a resident leaves the retirement community, the refund should be issued, period. Residents, or their families, should not have to jump through hoops to receive money that is rightfully theirs.”

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Houghtaling and Downey Host Second Senior Summer Alzheimer’s Q&A

After the success of their first Senior Summer Health Q&A on Alzheimer's Disease, Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey have decided to once again partner with the Alzheimer's Association to bring vital information to residents.

On Thursday, Aug. 30, the Assembly Members will host a Senior Health Q&A centered on legal and financial planning for Alzheimer's Disease from 10 a.m. to noon. The event will be held at the Ocean Township Library, located at 701 Deal Road.

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