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How Murphy could upend Christie's gun legacy

Politico
November 27, 2017
MATT FRIEDMAN
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Democratic Gov.-elect Phil Murphy has pledged to enact a slew of gun control laws that Chris Christie vetoed — but the incoming governor won't have to wait for the Legislature to begin rolling back Christie's legacy on guns.

Murphy can unilaterally roll back an action Christie took that loosened New Jersey's rules on guns: A regulation that makes it somewhat less difficult for gun owners to get a concealed carry permit.

In a statement, Murphy spokesman Dan Bryan all but said that the incoming government will do just that.

“Over the last two years, Gov.-elect Murphy has been clear that New Jersey will not be a part of the race to the bottom on concealed carry,” Bryan said. “As governor, he is committed to changing the state’s current course on this issue. Our team is reviewing the regulations proposed and in place to properly plan the right way forward.”

More broadly, gun control advocates who found an ally in Christie for much of the last eight years are now preparing for the worst.

“We’ve been trying to meet with Murphy for a year and a half. So far he’s refused all those meetings. I don’t know what kind of dialogue that is where you shut out what the other side has to say,” says Scott Bach, executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs.

Greenwald Condemns the Passing of Concealed Carry Reciprocity

12/7/2017

(VOORHEES) - Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald on Thursday strongly condemned House Rule 38, which amends federal criminal code to allow an individual to carry a concealed handgun in another state.
"By creating concealed carry reciprocity, Congress is putting Americans at risk. Over the past decade our nation has seen an epidemic of gun violence, from the mass shooting in Las Vegas to the massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "Proactive stances on gun violence help make America safe, and this change will do nothing but make our neighborhoods and communities more dangerous for families."
Greenwald has been an advocate for gun safety since meeting with the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2013 after their devastating losses. That year, he introduced a 21-bill package, including lowering gun magazine capacity, enhancing penalties for gun trafficking offenses and establishing a regulatory system for the sale of ammunition.
"The loss of 20 children and 6 teachers impacted our nation and strengthened my resolve to protect our communities from gun violence. I am at a loss that anyone would want to put our nation at risk of another tragedy like this," Greenwald said.

Sixth District Legislators to host Mobile Office at the Katz Jewish Community Center

In an effort to bring convenient and local constituent services to the community, the 6th Legislative District will be hosting a mobile office event on August 11 between 9:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Katz Community Center located at 1301 Springdale Rd in Cherry Hill, NJ to help residents navigate through a variety of state issues and services.

The mobile office will be staffed by experienced representatives who will assist residents with questions or concerns about state issues including, but not limited to unemployment claim difficulties, PTR (senior tax freeze) assistance, utility and energy assistance programs, consumer complaints, and state financial aid.

The mobile office will also offer a variety of resources for families and seniors, travel information, activity books for children, and information on recreational activities in New Jersey.

Should you be unable to attend, the legislative offices of Beach, Greenwald and Lampitt are available Monday through Friday 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. to assist constituents. Senator Beach can be reached at (856) 429-1572 or at SenBeach@njleg.org, and Assemblyman Greenwald and Assemblywoman Lampitt can be reached at (856) 435-1247, AsmGreenwald@njleg.org or AswLampitt@njleg.org.

Greenwald on NJ Transit Fare Hikes: This is a Serious Blow to Working Families

Assembly Majority Office
July 15, 2015
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Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald chided New Jersey Transit's decision Wednesday to hike fares once again on hardworking New Jerseyans:

"This is a serious blow to working families who are still absorbing the near record hikes instituted five years ago. Not only are they having more money taken out of their pockets, but the agency is adding insult to injury by cutting services.

"When the average New Jersey worker's wages have remained nearly stagnant, the only way they can make up this difference is to either work more hours, if that's even possible, or to cut back on essential needs for their families. Either way it will have a negative impact on their quality of life.

"I'm disappointed the administration did not roll up its sleeves and find more creative solutions to close this budget gap. Fare hikes should be the absolute last resort, not the go-to solution every time New Jersey Transit finds itself in a bind," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington).

Majority Leader Greenwald Bill to Restore Tax Credit for Working People Now Law

Assembly Majority Office
July 7, 2015
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A bill sponsored by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Majority Leader Louis Greenwald to restore a tax credit that strengthens families by encouraging hard work and reducing poverty is now law.

The law (A-4602) increases the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to 30 percent of the federal credit after years of Christie administration cuts to the successful anti-poverty program. The governor reduced the tax credit to 20 percent of the federal credit from 25 percent in his first budget in 2010, effectively raising taxes on low-income families by $45 million, and failed to restore it in subsequent years.

"The EITC has received strong bipartisan support over the last 40 years, because it is a manifestation of the fundamental idea that hard work should pay off," said Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson). "The governor's action on this issue is the right thing to do, but the right time to do it was years ago. Working people in New Jersey - men and women who want nothing more than to be able to support their families - deserved much better than being reduced to annual victims of the veto pen; Democrats always recognized that. Although we remain disappointed that he has yet to come around on the issue of tax fairness, we welcome the governor finally recognizing it, too.