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.
Zero and his partner Sgt. Zsakheim James honored in the Senate Chambers for their record
(TRENTON) – Senator Donald Norcross and Assemblymen Angel Fuentes and Gilbert “Whip” Wilson (D-Camden/Gloucester) honored K-9 Zero and his partner Sergeant Zsakhiem James of the Camden County Police Department for their dedicated service to the residents of Camden City.
“The work Sergeant James and his partner Zero do on behalf of Camden’s residents is nothing short of heroic,” said Senator Donald Norcross. “We had the opportunity to not only recognize this pair, but to also learn about the important role K-9 units play in police departments across our state. They face very real dangers every day in the efforts to keep our residents safe.”
Sgt. James and Zero hold the record for apprehensions in the state, with 66 collars since joining the force in August 2007. Zero is known throughout the City of Camden as a relentless officer with a keen nose. His friendly demeanor around children also makes him a favorite with residents.
“It was an honor to meet Sergeant James and Zero today,” Assemblyman Fuentes added. “Their exemplary record and tireless dedication to the residents are the embodiment of the department’s motto ‘Service Before Self.’ Sgt. James was raised in Camden, and obviously brings his commitment to his hometown to the job he does on our behalf.”Read more >>
Highlights measure as important break for vital branch of healthcare system
(TRENTON) – Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) has reintroduced a measure providing much-needed tax relief for those providing long term care to loved ones. The Caregiver’s Assistance Act provides gross income tax credit for certain expenses paid for or incurred in the care and support of a senior family member.
“Caregivers never get a holiday, but they do deserve a break,” said Senator Norcross. “Providing long term care for a loved one is a tremendous task that often takes a toll. We have the opportunity to help ease some of this burden so that they can focus on the well-being of their family.”
Bill S841 will provide a gross income tax credit equal to 22.5 percent of expenses incurred for the care and support of a qualifying senior family member, with a maximum tax credit of $675. Studies estimate that caregivers provide one billion dollars worth of unpaid care to the nation’s elderly, at an average of twenty hours of care per week above and beyond their day-to-day duties.Read more >>
Measure modeled after current motor vehicle regulations
(CAMDEN) – Legislation by Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) creating penalties for leaving the scene of a boating accident was approved by the Senate today.
“Bad drivers should be treated equally, whether they’re in a car or on a boat,” Senator Norcross said. “When a person leaves the scene of an accident they should be held accountable, especially if they cause injury or death.”
Current law states that a boater must assist people affected by a boating accident as long as it is safe to do so. Bill S846 makes it a second degree crime to leave the scene of a boating accident that results in death, and a third degree crime if the accident results in bodily injury, which are the same penalties for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident.
A second degree crime is punishable by five to ten years imprisonment, a fine of up to $150,000, or both. A third degree crime is punishable by three to five years imprisonment, a fine of up to $15,000, or both.
“Following safe boating practices is crucial, especially on our busier waterways,” added Senator Norcross. “Offenders who knowingly do harm to others should be held accountable for their actions.”
The Senate passed the bill by a unanimous vote. It awaits consideration by the General Assembly.