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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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Water Quality Month: Making Sure that Every Sip Is A Safe One

Be sure to hydrate.

During the summer months, especially with our recent heat wave, it’s not hard to feel the need for water that is plentiful, free and safe to drink...

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Animal Welfare Legislation: Protecting A Silent Minority

I have written recently about summer- and holiday-related activities, and it occurred to me that we share many of these events with our pets.

I have always believed in the dignity and protection of our pets and all animals. During my legislative career, I have been an unrelenting and vigorous sponsor and supporter of animal welfare legislation, especially for our domestic animals who often become members of our family. Legislative support of animal welfare laws that I have introduced or supported include...

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Safety First For Your Summertime Ride-sharing Experience

Most of us tend to be increasingly active during the summer months as we travel more frequently, attend concerts and sporting events, and participate in other fun activities and adventures...

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Tax Incentives: A Way Forward to Economic Prosperity

tax-incentives.jpgEconomic progress doesn’t guarantee life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness. But it does create the social, cultural and personal conditions that help to position us as we try to attain our dreams while serving as positive, contributing members of our local communities...

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A July 4th History Quiz

tt-4th-of-july-quiz.jpgIt’s old, 243 years to be exact. It contains slightly more than 1,400 words — the length of a longish magazine article — its language might seem a bit dated, and if you held it in your hand, it might weigh a few ounces. It takes about nine minutes to read aloud...

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