Assembly Democrats


Gusciora: Christie’s Proposed EOF Spending Cut for College Students is Shortsighted, Lacks Compassion

Assemblyman Reed Gusciora on Thursday decried Gov. Christie's proposed $2.57 million spending cut for the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) in the FY 2017 budget.

"This is complete shortsightedness on the part of the Governor. At a time when a great deal of effort is focused on the rising costs of a college education, we should not be making it even harder for New Jersey students to afford college.

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NJ and NY Elected Officials and Advocates Call On Christie to Sign Historic Port Authority Reform Bill

New Jersey Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Senator Bob Gordon and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg on Wednesday joined with New York State Assemblyman Jim Brennan and advocates in calling on Governor Christie to sign reform legislation they sponsored aiming to overhaul the beleaguered Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

The legislation, S-708/A-2184, known as the "Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Transparency and Accountability Act," will guarantee legislative oversight of the agency as it undertakes a number of high profile construction projects critical to the region's future. It passed the New Jersey Legislature with bipartisan support, and was sent to the governor's desk on April 7th.

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***MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE*** Wimberly, Spencer, Oliver, Sumter & Tucker Hold News Conference in Support of Bill to End State Takeovers of School Districts

Assemblyman Benjie E. Wimberly Assembly members Benjie E. Wimberly (D-Passaic), L. Grace Spencer (D-Essex), Speaker Emeritus Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex), Majority Conference Leader Shavonda E. Sumter (D-Passaic) and Cleopatra G. Tucker (D-Essex) issued a multimedia package Tuesday of a news conference they held with the Education Law Center to promote legislation to end the state takeover of New Jersey school districts.

The bill (A-3637), sponsored by Wimberly, Oliver, Sumter and Tucker, would eliminate the authority of the state board of education to place school districts under full or partial state intervention via the New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC), the state's system of monitoring and measuring educational outcomes in individual districts. The bill also would require that any school districts currently under full or partial state intervention be returned to full local control within one year of the date of enactment.

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Wimberly Announces Bill to Return State Takeover School Districts Back to Municipalities

Assemblyman Cites Lack of Real Progress for Districts Under Control by the State; Need for Alternative Solutions and Full Funding to Efficiently Support School Districts
(TRENTON) - Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D- Bergen, Passaic) joined by fellow legislators and education advocates gathered on Tuesday for a morning press conference announcing a bill that would eliminate school district takeovers and return full control to municipalities with school districts currently under state management.

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***MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE*** Excerpts of Assembly Democrats Speaking in Support of Striking Verizon Workers

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto
Speaker Prieto and Assembly Members DeAngelo, Sumter, Benson, Muoio & Zwicker Voiced Support
Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) and Assembly members Wayne P. DeAngelo (D-Mercer), Majority Conference Leader Shavonda E. Sumter (D-Passaic), Daniel R. Benson (D-Mercer), Elizabeth Maher Muoio (D-Mercer) and Andrew Zwicker (D-Somerset) issued a multimedia package Monday excerpting their support of striking Verizon workers at a State House rally in support of the striking workers and organized labor.

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Wimberly, Spencer, Oliver, Sumter & Tucker Hold News Conference in Support of Bill to End State Takeovers of School Districts

Wimberly, Spencer, Oliver, Sumter & Tucker Hold News Conference in Support of Bill to End State Takeovers of School Districts from NJ Assembly Democratic Office on Vimeo.

Excerpts of Assembly Democrats Speaking in Support of Striking Verizon Workers

Excerpts of Assembly Democrats Speaking in Support of Striking Verizon Workers from NJ Assembly Democratic Office on Vimeo.

Wimberly Excerpts from Assembly Budget Committee Hearing on NJ DOE Management, Funding of Paterson Schools

Wimberly Excerpts from Assembly Budget Committee Hearing on NJ DOE Management, Funding of Paterson Schools from NJ Assembly Democratic Office on Vimeo.



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