Archive for Tag: Veterans

Illegal immigrants prioritized over veterans by Murphy, says DiMaio

TRENTON, N.J. – Gov. Phil Murphy spent $87.8 million Tuesday on immigrants who didn’t qualify for COVID relief programs because they are undocumented or don’t have social security numbers. Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio compared that to the relatively meager help for veterans, reducing violent crime and housing discrimination....

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Veterans testify against bill giving state contract preference to only women-owned veteran businesses

TRENTON, N.J. – “Do not divide veterans by gender,” said veterans during the Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee Thursday as they testified against a bill giving businesses owned by women veterans state contract preferences. Reaffirming his position as detailed in an op-ed published Thursday, U.S. Army veteran and...

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SCI and DOJ report point to one thing, the buck stops with Murphy

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio said Gov. Phil Murphy needs to take responsibility after a State Commission of Investigation report released Tuesday exposed systemic failures at two state-run veterans homes early in the Covid-19 pandemic. “We give the governor enormous executive powers during health emergencies and...

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Sauickie bill creating inspector general for veterans facilities addresses lack of oversight and accountability in DOJ report

TRENTON, N.J. – One of the first pieces of legislation Assemblyman Alex Sauickie sponsored upon joining the General Assembly in 2022 addresses the insufficient oversight at state-run veterans homes as recently detailed in a report by the U.S. Department of Justice. His bill (A319) would create an independent inspector...

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Dunn pushes for mandatory upgrades at veterans homes following federal investigation findings

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Aura Dunn is calling on legislative leaders to post a bill she cosponsors requiring upgrades to the state-run veterans homes at Menlo Park and Paramus following the U.S. Department of Justice’s scathing report detailing inadequate infection control and medical care at the facilities Thursday. “New...

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DiMaio demands accountability and action following DOJ’s investigation of NJ veterans homes

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio called on Gov. Phil Murphy and his administration to take full accountability for continuing to fail veterans at state-run homes and take immediate action to ensure their health and safety following the conclusion of the federal investigation at Menlo Park and...

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Assembly advances Kean and Matsikoudis measure protecting veterans seeking benefits from predatory business practices

TRENTON, N.J. – People seeking to profit from helping veterans find and receive their entitled benefits could soon face stiffer regulations under New Jersey law. The Assembly on Friday advanced a bill (A3286/S3292), sponsored by Assemblyman Sean Kean and Assemblywoman Michele Matsikoudis, prohibiting excessive fees for advising or assisting...

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Committee advances bill honoring Morris County Korean War vet

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee on Thursday released a bill that would name a section of Route 287 after a Korean War veteran. The section of the interstate at milepost 34.02, known locally as the Harter Road Interchange in Morris Township, is one step closer...

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Rooney calls on Assembly to raise awareness of veterans suicides

TRENTON, N.J. – Veteran and active duty military suicides account for more deaths since 2010 than combat mortalities from the Vietnam War and post-9/11 conflicts combined. The mental health crisis afflicting military personnel needs more attention, Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney says. With the Senate resolution, sponsored by Sens. Kristin...

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Seniors and vets can’t count on Dems for property tax relief, says Bergen

TRENTON, N.J. – A senior property tax relief proposal by the Democrat majority is a gimmick, not a commitment to making New Jersey more affordable for grandparents – just look at how the disabled veterans have been treated, says Assemblyman Brian Bergen. “I have attempted to force a vote...

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