Putting “Structure” in the Infrastructure

tt26.jpgIt’s a term that when you say it, people’s eyes tend to glaze over, even those who are thoughtful, well-edcated and forward-looking. Just say “infrastructure” and watch the reaction.

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A 21st Century Overhaul for Our Criminal Justice System

tt25.pngWith the Assembly recently granting final legislative approval to a bill that will reform the way bail is administered in New Jersey, our criminal justice system is poised for a much-needed 21st century overhaul.

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A New Jersey Formula For Fun

tt24b.jpgWho says I can’t have fun? After I reviewed the feedback from my blogs during recent months, I heard from many folks who said, "Wow, Troy, you are really serious about everything! What do you do for fun?" Well, when it comes to the issues that matter to my bosses of LD7, I am pretty serious. That said, all work and no play would make me a dull boy.

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Mensches and Leeches

Despite the steady but slow national economic recovery, New Jersey lags its neighboring states in almost all economic indicators. There are a number of reasons for this - some political, some based on our tax code, and many based on pure greed.

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A Major Fumble By The NFL

tt23b.jpgBaltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice crossed the line. This time it wasn’t in a moment of athletic glory but one of personal shame. I'm referring to the incident of domestic violence that Mr. Rice committed against his now wife in Atlantic City this past February. The despicable videotape which surfaced showing him pulling her from an elevator, seemingly lifeless, left me disgusted. However, what has infuriated me is the callousness of the NFL's response to this terrible act.

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The Beauty and Benefits of STEM

tt22.jpegSTEM. This is an acronym everyone should remember. It stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But what it represents is vitally important to you, your children and our entire country.

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A Cure for the Summer Time Blues?

tt21.jpgDuring the summer months, we often hear media reports describing Congress’ adjournment as Washington, D. C., political activities drop to the level of a summer slumber. This usually signals a return of  congressional members’ return to their home districts to get "reacquainted" with the people who sent them to Washington in the first place. If the trek homeward for these politicians means a reduction in the workload, it’s quite different for me here in New Jersey.

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ASK_TROY.jpgFriends, I hope you are enjoying your summer and taking the time to cherish these moments with family and friends. Representing the area in which I grew up, is truly a humbling and rewarding experience. Having the chance to speak on behalf of my neighbors, concerning the issues which impact our community is a responsibility that I cherish every day that I am privileged to serve. As always, I want to keep you, my Bosses, informed as to what is happening “under the dome” in Trenton. And, specifically what I am doing as your representative. So, let’s look back over the first six months of the 2014-2015 Legislative Session and review what has taken place.

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The American Way: Sports, Statistics & Health Care

NJ_NEEDS_APCD.jpgTomorrow we celebrate July 4th, a tribute to our country's fight for independence.  For many, watching sports is part of this celebratory weekend, as we immerse ourselves in a steady stream of accomplishments and statistics from baseball to the World Cup.  We’ll know everyone’s batting average, earned run average or the distance a soccer player ran in a knockout game for a key goal.  We are interested, if not obsessed, with statistics that measure performance, because sports are important to many Americans.

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We ALL Carry Student Debt

tt18.jpegFor recent high school students, the joys of June graduations fill the air combined with the anticipation (for many) of attending college in the fall. However, once the rays on these jubilant days dim, these same students will face clouds of economic uncertainly in four years that many recent college students must now confront.

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