Financial planning is not only a critical component of business, it also applies to life. Whether you’re looking at business receipts or a family budget, how you plan often has a profound effect that reverberates throughout your financial structure. It also has a direct and often powerful impact on your future actions. I point this out because the state legislature is in the midst of reviewing Governor Christie’s budget, and I, along with my fellow legislators, are carefully examining his plan.Read more
This week my son is finalizing his college football commitment and it got me to thinking about the impact that sports has on our lives. More specifically, the contribution that sports has in shaping our individual character and the lessons that we learn about ourselves by participating in athletic competition.Read more
It’s a quiz that most people would fail. Ask someone what they think healthcare “covers,” and they’ll probably reply that it refers to physical health, something related to our five senses. It’s an obvious and warranted association, but there is a larger connected issue here to which we pay far less attention: behavioral health. On its own, it’s critically important, and when combined with the physical side of the healthcare discussion, it takes on even greater dimensions.Read more
The recent national collegiate basketball championship tournament in Indiana has recently held the attention of sports fans throughout the nation. But a few weeks before the Final Four’s final game this past Monday, the fine citizens of that state watched as the media pummeled its governor, Mike Pence. He signed into law, legislation that would allow owners of businesses, because of their religious beliefs, the right to refuse services to members of the gay and lesbian community. The purpose of the bill in the eyes of many of its supporters is to strengthen the legal defense of business owners in this regard. The narrowness and pettiness of this law (with broader implications that are not petty) make one want to blink and ask: Isn’t this 2015 and you’re kidding, right?Read more
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank YOU, the over 219,000 men, women and children of the Seventh Legislative District, for affording me the opportunity and responsibility to serve as one of your elected representatives in the New Jersey General Assembly. It has been one of the highlights of my life to be entrusted with this awesome responsibility, and a charge that I take seriously.
During my short tenure in the Legislature, I am proud to have worked to bring our community, the public and private sectors together to enrich the quality of life in our area. This ethos of “One Community, One District” is the cornerstone of my philosophy in representing you each day. I am proud to call New Jersey’s Seventh Legislative District my family’s home. And, it is why I have asked for your support in the past, and why today I wish to formally announce my candidacy to represent you again in the New Jersey General Assembly.Read more
I confess that this week I was slightly disappointed in my fellow New Jerseyans. If you read my blog, I hope you have learned how much I love this state, even if I feel the need to occasionally remind my fellow citizens that we need to do just a bit more to create that “more perfect society” we hope to achieve.
Maybe it’s the Easter season, but this is a time when we hear from the pulpits a version of the need to share our time, talent and treasure. This blog is about time, but not the one on the dial of your wristwatch (if you still wear one).Read more
Imagine for a moment that you could have a team of medical professionals dedicated to your health and well-being. A group of folks whose primary mission is to keep you from having to go to the hospital by engaging in preventative medicine and chronic disease management, while not sacrificing quality of care and bringing down the cost of health care. Sounds too good to be true right – well it isn’t. The promise of patient centered medical homes (PCMH) is all that and then some!
The PCMH model is often described as a comprehensive medical services delivery method that is centered around the patient and focused on quality of care and patient safety. The overarching objective is to develop a centralized setting that facilitates partnerships between individual patients, and their primary care physicians.Read more
I’ve been really looking forward to writing this week's blog post. It is women’s history month and a time that we set aside to celebrate the contribution women have made to our country. This special month is not a light-hearted tribute. No less than the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum have joined in paying tribute to the generations of women committed to making this world a better place.Read more
It’s becoming a luxury for many; yet failing to have a college degree can have significant financial repercussions.
I’m referring to the need for a college education and its first cousin, the ability to pay for that education. A few simple facts. Having a college education results in huge, lifetime dividends. A person with a college degree, on average, will earn $1.4 million more than someone with only a high school diploma, according to a 2011 U.S. Census Report. That bears repeating: $1.4 million more. To put it in even more unambiguous language, if you started working at 22 and retired at 62, that would mean $2,916.66 more each month during that 40-year career. (Of course, this advantage is slight if at all at the beginning of a career and increases later as one advances professionally.) For anyone pondering why they should go to college, the numbers provide a stark reality.Read more
Recently, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani challenged publicly whether or not President Barack Obama loves America.
The back-story occurred last week when Mr. Giuliani was attending a dinner for potential Republican presidential hopeful Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at the swanky New York 21 restaurant. According to New York Magazine, Giuliani said, “I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America. ... He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country."Read more