Assembly Democrats

Wisniewski on NJ Transit Fare Hikes: Commuters are Paying the Price for the Governor’s Inaction

Assembly Transportation Committee Chairman John S. Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) released the following statement Monday on the newest round of proposed fare hikes announced by New Jersey Transit:

"Working class families struggling with stagnant wages have barely recovered from the last, record fare hike. Now New Jersey Transit is telling them it's going to cost even more to get to work every day.

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Prieto & Sweeney: Legislature will Act in Support of Pension Lawsuit

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto addresses members of the media at a news conference.
Amicus Brief Says Administration Is Violating The Law, Ignoring Legislative Intent
Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto announced on Monday that both houses of the New Jersey Legislature will officially inform the Court of its disapproval of the Christie Administration's refusal to make the pension payments required by law.

Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Prieto will submit an Amicus Brief in Superior Court stating that the administration is ignoring the law and the legislative intent of the pension reform bill.

"We want to make it clear to the Court that the administration's refusal to make the legally required pension payments violates the law and disregards legislative intent..."

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Schaer Raises Concerns over Lengthy & Costly Delay in Upgrading Computer Systems to Administer Critical Safety Net Programs

During a Monday hearing on the proposed budget for the state Department of Human Services, Assembly Budget Committee Chair Gary S. Schaer raised concerns over the prolonged delay in upgrading computer systems to help improve the delivery of critical programs that provide assistance to some of the state's most vulnerable residents.

The computer system - known as CASS (Consolidated Assistance Support System) - was intended to streamline services and make enrolling in and managing programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), Medicaid, NJ FamilyCare, and Work First New Jersey more efficient.

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Muoio: Speak Out Against ExxonMobil Settlement

Assemblywoman Elizabeth Maher Muoio Assemblywoman Elizabeth Maher Muoio (D-Mercer/Middlesex) had the following published recently in The Times of Trenton:

"For decades, thousands of acres of our precious natural resources have been forfeited to contamination caused by the operations of ExxonMobil and its predecessors. Yet, this deal appears to be not just a mere slap on the wrist for the corporation, but also a slap in the face of New Jersey's residents who, frankly, deserve better from those tasked with protecting their interests.

"Comments may be submitted electronically to, and should reference 'Exxon Mobil Bayway Settlement' in the subject line..."

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Speaker Prieto: NJ Transit Fare Hike Plan an Affront to Working Class New Jersey

Speaker Vincent Prieto Continues Call for Sensible & Responsible Transportation Funding Plan

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) released the following s statement Monday on NJ Transit's plans to increase fares and curtail services:

"To say I'm disappointed by NJ Transit would be an understatement. I'm appalled at this terrible approach to transportation policy and astonished by the lack of regard for the working people of New Jersey who rely on NJ Transit to make ends meet…"

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Excerpts from McKeon Questioning of NJ Attorney General on ExxonMobil Settlement

Excerpts from McKeon Questioning of NJ Attorney General on ExxonMobil Settlement from NJ Assembly Democratic Office on Vimeo.

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