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Election Day: Your Vote is a Victory for Democracy

 “The ballot is stronger than the bullet.” – Abraham Lincoln

Voting matters. When voters don’t turn out to choose their local, county or state government representatives, they receive a government that doesn’t represent them. If you participate in the voting process, I can assure you that it will frequently ease your frustration over larger-than-life government issues. The more we all do our part and share our voices, the more we start to find others who share our viewpoints and are saying the same things. 

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National Medicine Abuse Month: Check Your Medicine Cabinet

“Medicine abuse is a national epidemic” is the opening and disturbing introduction when visiting the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids’ website. It delves further with this explanation: “More Americans are abusing prescription medicine than ever, and like other types of drug use, problematic behavior often begins during the teen and your adult years.”

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The Power of Pink: National Mammography Day

The unfortunate numbers. Breast cancer leads the list as the most frequent type of new cancer cases in New Jersey for 2019, according to the American Cancer Society. But, with a regularly scheduled mammogram, there is hope that early detection can lead to positive outcomes.

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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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