We were elected on a message of making New Jersey affordable again for everyone who lives and works in this state. We promised in our campaign to change the way business is done in Trenton, and we are working to make that a reality. Your mandate to us was government reform, and here are some of the areas we are working on:
- Relieving the tax burden on property owners.
- Cutting wasteful government spending.
- Consolidating government functions through shared services among municipalities, counties and schools boards.
- Adopting reforms that reduce the costs to taxpayers for public employee benefits, including pensions and health care.
- Providing quality public schools, in part by forcing tax money to go toward classrooms and school facilities – not toward excessive salaries and perks for administrators.
- Making local, county and state government more open, accessible and accountable to the public.
(TRENTON) – The Senate today approved a measure by Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) to increase penalties against those who issue false police reports. Bill S835 increases the penalties for any person who gives or knowingly causes to be given false information to a law enforcement officer in order to implicate another.
“Wasting precious resources with false reports is a serious offense,” said Senator Norcross. “Not only do these fabrications monopolize time and efforts that would be better spent investigating actual crime, they undermine real victims.”
Currently, such offenses are crimes of the fourth-degree and carry a sentence of up to 18-months in prison, a fine of up to $10,000, or both. Norcross’ bill upgrades false incrimination to a third-degree crime, or a second-degree crime if the accused was implicated in a crime of the first or second degree.
A crime of the third degree is punishable by three to five years imprisonment, a fine of up to $15,000, or both. A crime of the second degree is punishable by five to ten years in prison, a fine of up to $150,000, or both.
The bill also upgrades the crime of issuing a false report from a disorderly person’s offense to a fourth degree crime. Those instances in which no actual person is named, but a fictitious report is made would be covered under this provision.Read more >>
(TRENTON) – The New Jersey Legislature has approved a measure by Assemblyman Angel Fuentes (D-Camden/Gloucester) requiring high schools to provide instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automated external defibrillator as part of existing health education curriculum.
“CPR and the use of a defibrillator are important life-saving techniques that everyone should have some knowledge in,” said Assemblyman Fuentes. “The administration of CPR or a defibrillator can make the difference when a person faces a medical emergency. Training our students how to effectively help in a crisis is a powerful tool.”
As recently as last month, a Passaic student’s life was saved by the quick-thinking of his peers, who administered CPR and rescue breathing until paramedics arrived after an series of seizures caused him to stop breathing.
The bill provides that the instruction must be modeled from an instructional program established by a nationally recognized association with expertise in the field, such as the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross. The course must also include a hands-on learning component for each participating student.
“Since defibrillators are already installed in our schools, it makes sense that the students should know how to use them,” said Assemblyman Fuentes. “Giving young people these skills early will certainly help them help others later in life.”
The measure now goes before the Governor for approval.