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Who Are These Special Interests Fighting NJ's Dark Money Law?

Several months ago, I wrote about the urgency needed to pass my "dark money" reform legislation. In spite of bitter opposition, our effort to shed light on dark money in New Jersey made great progress when Governor Phil Murphy signed the reform bill in June. 

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National Manufacturing Day: New Jersey Strong

Tomorrow is National Manufacturing Day and it is worthy drawing attention to this celebration because manufacturing matters in New Jersey. It’s as simple as that.

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National Suicide Prevention Month: A Dark Cloud for Our Police

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and the goal is to promote prevention awareness for everyone who faces difficulties and begins to have darker thoughts about how to deal with the situation. There is someone you can call who will help.

It is a suicide prevention hot line, 1-800-273-8255 (1-888-628-9454 for Spanish speakers), and I urge everyone who needs help to call. You will find there is hope and a way out from those troubling thoughts.

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Alzheimer’s: Be Alert for the Early Signs

The statistics are brutal, and unfortunately, they are related to one of our most dreaded diseases: Alzheimer’s.

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9/11: Why We Will Never Forget

Yesterday, we celebrated the 18th anniversary of America’s September 11th tragedy. The event in 2001 touched and traumatized us deeply. It’s a moment that will forever be burned in the minds of those of us who were alive as these horrific events unfolded.

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A Salute to Labor & The American Worker

Labor Day is always special to me. It’s a time of reflection and remembrance. This year’s occurrence is no different as I reflect on the hard work and sacrifice that so many hard working men and women have done to build our nation. And, remembrance of the union Teamster (my father) who taught me the values behind those words each and every day that he was alive.

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Labor Day: The Times Are A’Changin

A Dictionary Definition of the Gig Economy:
“a labor market characterized by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work as opposed to permanent jobs.”

Work, the workforce and your role in it. For decades, the view seemed unchanging.

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Beyond Tuition: Easing The Financial Burden For New Jersey Students

The end of August is traditionally a time when parents go back-to-school shopping to purchase new supplies for the start of the school year in September. And while the cost of a new backpack, or new clothes and sneakers, can be quite expensive, it pales in comparison to the 5-digit tuition bills parents receive who are sending older children off to college...

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Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month

August is SMA Awareness Month. Many people have not heard of SMA and are not familiar with this disease, which is exactly why awareness months like this are needed. SMA (spinal muscular atrophy) is a disease that robs people of physical strength by affecting the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord, taking away the ability to walk, eat or breathe...

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Let There Be Light … New Jersey’s Lighthouses

tt-new-jerseys-lighthouses-v2.jpgWhile New Jersey’s chain of lighthouses might not quite meet the biblical reference, they remain a dear part of our state’s landscape, providing a historical landmark, a practical safety signpost, and a romantic attraction...

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