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.
December is National Identity Theft Prevention & Awareness Month
As the joy of the holiday season fast approaches, we should bear in mind two elements that could turn happiness into despair. While we've heard much about the supply chain issues (order as early as you can), another culprit is waiting in the wings (or in your computer, more accurately) to harm you. I'm referring to identity theft, and unsurprisingly, December is National Identity Theft Prevention & Awareness Month.
National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
One week from today we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. I have a friend who says Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday. He suggests that because its defining message lacks overtones — political, cultural, religious — and its basic premise of giving thanks for what we have is universal.
Veterans Day: A Time for Gratitude
On Thursday, Nov. 11, we celebrate Veterans Day, and it is one of the most appropriate times to offer a heartfelt thank you to our veterans for their service and sacrifice. I confess that when I hear someone else say "thank you for your service" to a current or former member of our military, a touch of pride and gratitude wells up.
Clean, Safe Drinking Water For All New Jersey Residents
As we roll into August, it’s timely to both recall and appreciate how crucial safe water is to us, especially during these summer months. The heat has ensured that most of us will be drinking fluids to remain hydrated. And, of course, that means drinking plenty of clean, safe water. National Water Quality Month reminds us how precious that access is.
Home Ownership: Keeping The American Dream Alive
One of the most common mantras about home ownership is that it probably will be the single largest investment in your life. It's a cliché because, for most, it's true. Oftentimes it has marked a rite of passage into "finally becoming a grown-up" when making that purchase. Yet, the idea of home ownership, the bedrock of the American Dream, is fraying. Unfortunately for many, the American Dream is becoming more challenging to attain. It is especially hard for those just starting out on their own due to the challenges of saving up for the required down payment.