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.
Swears members in, hails day as historic for medical and health sciences education and research
(CAMDEN) – Senator Donald Norcross released the following statement upon swearing in the members of the Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors, a collaboration formed in the historic higher education modernization of 2012:
“The possibilities of what will come out of the partnership launched this morning are limitless. Rutgers-Camden and Rowan University are two world-class institutions, and their collaboration puts Camden at the forefront of medical and life sciences research and education. We don’t yet know what medical breakthroughs will be born out of the work we start today, but we do know that they will change the world.”
Legislation to restrict bail for dangerous criminals, provide alternatives to non-violent offenders
(TRENTON) – Legislation by Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) to reform bail in New Jersey was advanced by the Senate Judiciary Committee today. Bill S946 seeks to deny bail to our state’s worst offenders while providing alternatives to non-violent offenders.
“An offender’s risk should determine whether or not he is released from jail, not his resources,” said Senator Norcross. “It’s time to fix New Jersey’s bail system.”
Bill S946 establishes that bail could be withheld in situations where certain violent crimes were committed, including an offense for which the maximum sentence is life imprisonment, a crime under the No Early Release Act, and an indictable offense for which the victim is a minor.
“It is my priority to keep the most dangerous, violent criminals off our streets,” said Senator Norcross. “Individuals who pose a demonstrated threat to public safety should not be released back into our communities. There are too many stories of victims and witnesses enduring further attacks by an offender out on bail.”Read more >>
Highlights need for systemic change, points to initiatives currently awaiting consideration by Legislature
(CAMDEN) – Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) issued the following statement in response to the report by the Joint Committee on Criminal Justice. Led by Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, the committee report recommends systemic change to New Jersey’s pretrial release procedures:
“Today’s report reaffirms that New Jersey's bail system needs to be fixed. Our outdated system focuses too much on an arrestee's wallet and not enough on their crime. Keeping dangerous, violent offenders off our streets is my top priority. The bail reform measures I have advanced will protect public safety and free judges to make common sense decisions based on an offender's risks, not their resources. It’s time to put our communities first and bring our bail system in line with successful Federal statutes.”