On October 1, 2017, our country witnessed the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history when a gunman opened fire on a concert crowd in Las Vegas, killing 58 and wounding more than 500 people. A tragedy of this magnitude is so unthinkable it almost defies explanation. But even as the news of the shooting fades from the headlines, we are left with hundreds of families who must now cope with an unfathomable loss.
These are families that will be forever changed by tragedy, communities who are mourning friends and neighbors. These are sons and daughters who won’t be coming home for the holidays this year.Read more
On August 26th, 2017, we were proud to celebrate National Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.
However, even after the United States constitutionally expanded the right to vote, countless women were still disenfranchised and kept from voting. African-Americans were subjected to literacy tests and poll taxes, and many states even had laws on the books barring Native Americans from voting. The fight to end these laws and ensure all women were able to exercise their right to vote continued for decades.Read more
In late January, our country witnessed an incredible movement and mobilization of citizens of every race, creed, gender, and background in the form of the Women’s March on Washington. Here at home in Monmouth County, we had nearly six thousand marchers in Asbury Park, who stood up for gender equality and spoke out with a unified voice that was impossible to ignore. When I addressed the crowd, I was completely inspired and awestruck.Read more
Talk to mayors and council members, and they will tell you that high property taxes are the biggest complaint of citizens all over the state. But what too few voters understand is that the bulk of their property tax bills go toward the cost of paying for public schools.
That’s why any meaningful plan to achieve property tax relief has to start with a discussion of school property taxes.Read more
This month we, alongside our Assembly colleagues, returned to the Legislature following a summer recess. The break gave us time to re-focus and brainstorm on what new legislation we want to propose and sponsor, and what issues are most important to our Monmouth County residents.
An issue that is always at the forefront for us and for so many residents and legislators is preserving the safety and security of our communities. With the impressive work of all involved in the capture of the New York/New Jersey bomber, and the stellar response of local law enforcement during those incidents, we are reminded that we must all we can to support our police officers by giving them the tools and knowledge they need to keep our residents safe.Read more
Education is the essence of American opportunity. It levels the playing field and makes the system fair. Our current state school funding formula was developed with the best intentions, but now its inadequacies are holding back the children that it once intended to help. Reforms are needed and educational fairness must be restored.Read more