Rumpf newest member of Assembly veterans committee

Rumpf newest member of Assembly veterans committee

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TRENTON, N.J. – Even after more than 20 years as an Assemblyman, Brian Rumpf finds himself as one of the newest members of the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

“I’m reminded of a letter Abraham Lincoln wrote to New York City Mayor George Opdyke in 1862: ‘Honor to the Soldier, and Sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor also to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field, and serves, as he best can, the same cause,’” Rumpf (R-Ocean) said. “I’d like to believe that’s my guiding principle when considering legislation as a member of this committee.”

Ocean County lawmakers have long sat on this important committee. New Jersey is home to more than 338,000 veterans, with more veterans in Ocean County than almost every other county in the state.

The Assemblyman sponsored four bills that will aid and protect veterans and their families. One bill (A1746) would allow municipal development trust funds to be spent on housing affordability assistance for veterans. Another (A1752) would exempt veterans’ organizations from motor vehicle registration fees.

“New Jersey is a wonderful place to call home, yet it can be beyond the reach of our veterans, many of whom are senior citizens who want to remain close to family,” Rumpf said. “At the same time, veterans’ organizations are supported by those service members who may have a difficult time making ends meet. Those burdens can be eased with my legislation.”

Rumpf wants to see veteran’s gross income tax exemptions extended to the spouses of deceased vets (A1757), and penalties increased for identity theft when the victim is a senior citizen or veteran (A1746).

“It does us well to remember that military spouses have also made sacrifices, and should be cared for even after the passing of their husband or wife,” Rumpf said.