Accessory Dwelling Units: The Return Of A Good Idea
In the early part of the 20th century, it was common to find multiple families living in the same building. With the implementation of more restrictive zoning laws, this practice diminished significantly but has returned in a new form: Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). We sorely need these types of units because of skyrocketing housing prices, the inching upwards of interest rates, and the lack of housing in desirable areas.
Presidents Day: A Civics Lesson For All
It would be unusual for anyone with even a modest interest in sports and fitness to not understand the importance and benefits of learning the fundamentals. These building blocks serve as the framework for all future improvement and protect the individual from harm.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: When It's More Than A Slogan
I have recently sponsored Senate Bill No. 841. In the formal language that legislators use for a bill, my legislation establishes a Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DDEI) as a principal department in the Executive Branch. My bill then outlines this new department's specific functions, powers, and duties.
Tackling NJ's Affordability Crisis
As the new session of the New Jersey Legislature takes shape, we are reminded of the clear message that was sent by the 2021 electorate as to where the direction of our public policy needs to head in 2022 and beyond. Depending on who you speak to, a wave of frustration, angst, and anger swept parts of the state leading to drastic changes in the composition of the legislative body in both chambers. This begs the question as to what will the response be of policy makers? It’s clear that the status quo is not acceptable. Furthermore, those missing the major underlying message that was sent regarding our state’s affordability problem should be mindful of some of the more shocking outcomes from last November’s election.
The Jan. 6 Insurrection: Accountability and a Reassessment
One year ago today, Americans throughout the country witnessed in real time a violent attack on our nation’s Capitol by a mob of our fellow Americans bent on disrupting the certification process of a duly elected democratic government. It was startling and then shocking to see this unfold as the violent mob, directed explicitly or implicitly by forces who had and continue to stoke a larger anti-democracy movement, ransacked the halls of Congress.
Workforce Development: A Path to Solving the Labor Crunch
Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed a $3 million funding bill for a basic skills training program by the New Jersey Community College Consortium. I sponsored this legislation because it will allow for the expansion of workforce development that New Jersey needs.