New Jersey's 8th Legislative District

Addiego, Rodriguez-Gregg & Howarth

  • Addiego, Rodriguez-Gregg & Howarth of the 8th Legislative District at Governor Christie’s Budget Address on February 16, 2016. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego (center) wearing purple in the New Jersey State House on June 22, 2015 in recognition of Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. (Facebook)

  • Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg and Berlin Borough Council President James Bilello visited Our Lady of Mount Carmel Regional School to talk about civics and state government with students on April 30, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Maria Rodriguez-Gregg taking the Assembly Oath of Office on January 14, 2014 to represent the 8th Legislative District. She was joined by her family and former Assemblyman Jose Sosa. (Press Release)

  • Senator Dawn Marie Addiego took the oath of office during the reorganization meeting of the 2014-2015 New Jersey Senate on January 14, 2014 to represent the people of the 8th Legislative District. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Dawn Addiego and Asm. Christopher J. Brown attended Berlin Borough’s Fire Prevention Night at the Berlin Borough Community Center on October 2, 2013. The 8th District legislators are pictured with Mayor John Armano (left), Emergency Management Operations Officer Fred Tuttle (right) and Brown’s son Brian. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego (R-8) and David Silver, President of Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey, unload donated goods that will be shipped to troops in Afghanistan. Addiego’s office serves as a drop-off point for donations. (BCT/Dennis McDonald)

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Addiego/Howarth/Rodriguez-Gregg’s ‘Eileen’s Law’ Clears Assembly

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Legislation making it possible for prosecutors to charge drivers with criminal vehicular homicide was approved by the General Assembly. Sponsored by the 8th District delegation of Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, Assemblyman Joe Howarth, and Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg, the bill (S-2342/A-4062) amends the law so drivers who cause fatal accidents because they failed to maintain a traffic lane can be charged with vehicular homicide.

Bruce and Eileen Lafferty testified in favor of S-2342 during a Senate Law & Public Safety Committee hearing on September 29, 2016. The legislation, Eileen’s Law, is named in honor of their late daughter, Eileen Marmino. (SenateNJ.com)

Known as “Eileen’s Law,” the measure was written by Addiego in response to the death of Eileen Marmino, a special education teacher at Burlington City High School and the mother of twins. The 34-year-old Medford woman was struck and killed by a driver who swerved into a bicycle lane in July 2015.

“This horrible tragedy was compounded when the driver could not be charged with a crime,” said Addiego. “Eileen’s father summed up the frustration, telling the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee that ‘Eileen’s life was reduced to a $300 traffic violation.’ That’s unacceptable. This bill addresses the inadequacies of the law.”

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Almost 6,000 Pounds of Cookies Collected During Holiday Cookie Drive at 8th Legislative District Office

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Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey partnered up with New Jersey’s 8th Legislative District on Saturday and collected nearly 6,000 pounds of cookies and other treats to send to troops overseas for the holiday season.

The Holiday Cookie Drive, which was hosted at the 8th Legislative District Office in Medford on Saturday, featured a constant stream of people driving up and dropping off homemade cookies. Dozens of volunteers were on hand to receive the cookies, box them up and then ship them out throughout the rest of the weekend.

Click here to view a full photo gallery from the cookie drive on Facebook.

Boxes of treats, that included hot chocolate packets, marshmallows, other desserts, and even bones for dogs overseas, were stacked high throughout the entire office.

“We have cookies piled up to the ceiling. We’re going to be sending thousands of pounds of cookies to our troops overseas to thank them and to give them a little piece of home,” said Senator Dawn Addiego.

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Senator Dawn Addiego
Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Committee Passes Oroho, Addiego Bills to Support NJ Farmers

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The New Jersey Senate Economic Growth Committee has passed three bills sponsored by Senators Steven Oroho (R-24) and Dawn Marie Addiego (R-8) to support local farmers and improve how the state markets “Jersey Fresh” products.

Sens. Steven Oroho and Dawn Marie Addiego sponsor bills to support local farmers and improve the way the state markets “Jersey Fresh” products. (SenateNJ.com)

“Farmers markets are incredibly popular in cities and suburbs statewide. Many farmers will tell you that the demand for Jersey-made produce is growing faster than they can plant their seeds,” Senator Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) said. “We need to bring all of the members of New Jersey’s agricultural industry together and capitalize on this opportunity to stimulate the economy. The food hubs and marketing initiatives authorized under these bills will give local farmers the tools they need to reach even more hungry customers.”

Based on the success of the “Jersey Fresh” logo, S-2444, sponsored by Senators Oroho and Addiego, would authorize New Jersey counties to create, adopt and issue their own promotional labels to market agricultural products that are grown, processed or produced in a specific county. Monmouth County is currently in the process of developing such a label.

“There is no denying that the Jersey Fresh program has been a resounding success,” Senator Addiego (R-Burlington, Camden, Atlantic) said. “Imagine how much our farms, wineries, and mom-and-pop shops would benefit if we had the ability to localize this initiative. Creating ‘made in your county’ labels is a great way to encourage our residents to shop local and support the business owners right in their own backyard.”

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8th District’s Holiday Cookie Drive to Support Troops Overseas

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The 8th Legislative District Office is teaming up with Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey to host a holiday cookie drive to send treats to troops deployed in the Middle East.

The 8th Legislative District Office is teaming up with Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey to host a holiday cookie drive. (SenateNJ.com)

Volunteers will be on hand during the drive on Saturday, December 2, to pack and box the donated baked goods and store bought items.

The drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 8th District Legislative Office at 176 Route 70, Suite 13 in Medford.

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8th District Legislative Office Donates Tattered Flags for Retirement Ceremony

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More than 400 American flags received a dignified retirement at Marlton Elks Club 2514 on Sunday, November 5.

Senator Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblyman Joe Howarth, of New Jersey’s 8th Legislative District, were joined by members of the local community, including Lodge 2514, Elks Southwest District, Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey, the Evesham fire and police departments and the Cherokee High School color guard.

From left, George Tencza of Marlton Elks Club 2514, Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, Tom Wilson of the Elks Club and Assemblyman Joe Howarth get donated American flags ready for the flag retirement ceremony. (SenateNJ.com)

“It’s important that we hold the symbol of our nation in high regards. The flag reminds us of all the sacrifices that are made for our freedom, and when its condition gets compromised, it’s time to give it an honorable sendoff,” Addiego said.

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Addiego & Howarth Honor Burlington County’s WWI Veterans at Monument Unveiling

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On the 100th anniversary of the United States entering World War I, the Burlington County WWI Memorial Committee unveiled a beautiful new memorial at Freedom Park in Medford. The monument honors the men and women who served in the war and the 89 county residents who died during the war.

Senator Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblyman Joe Howarth of the 8th Legislative District were pleased to be able to attend the event and thanked the Memorial Committee and the Medford Township Council with proclamations that acknowledged the time and effort put into erecting the monument that will keep the memories of our veterans alive.

The day featured essays and poems written by local students that contextualized the war and a keynote speaker, Colonel James Martin, the Deputy Commander of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

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More Than 150 Lbs of Supplies Gathered in 8th Legislative District’s Hurricane Maria Collection Drive

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Hundreds of pounds of canned goods, toiletries, blankets and more were collected as part of a 16-day effort by multiple New Jersey entities to help Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico.

Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego, Asm. Joe Howarth and the 8th District Legislative Office helped collect more than 150 pounds of supplies to be shipped to Puerto Rico as part of a 16-day Hurricane Maria Collection Drive. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, Assemblyman Joe Howarth and the 8th District Legislative Office collected more than 150 pounds of supplies that will soon be shipped to Puerto Rico, following the Hurricane Relief Collection Drive that lasted from Oct. 12 to Oct. 27.

“Response to the collection drive was simply fantastic. The generosity of our local community will help countless people in Puerto Rico who are still struggling to get by in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Thank you all for your help,” said Senator Addiego.

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Senator Dawn Addiego

Gov. Signs Joan’s Law Amendment to Mandate Life Sentence for Murder & Sexual Assault of Minors

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Governor Christie has signed an expansion of “Joan’s Law” sponsored by Senate Republicans Dawn Addiego and Anthony Bucco, to mandate life without parole for murdering a minor, of any age, during the course of a sex crime.

Rosemarie D’Alessandro testifies at a May 31, 2017 Senate Budget Committee hearing in support of Sens. Dawn Addiego and Anthony Bucco’s bill expanding the law named after her daughter. S-607 extends Joan’s Law to mandate life in prison for murdering and raping any minor. (SenateNJ.com)

For the past 20 years, “Joan’s Law” has mandated “no release” in cases involving a minor under age 14. S-607 extends Joan’s Law to protect victims between the ages of 14 and 18.

“This law cannot ease the pain of losing a child, but it can ensure that parents do not have to relive that trauma by having to appear before a parole board time and time again, just to keep a killer locked up where they belong.” Senator Addiego said. “Now, every minor who is brutally raped and murdered will receive equal justice under the law – and so will their family.”

“There is always more we can do to keep our children safe from sexual predators. Anyone who commits such an atrocious crime should, at the very least, spend their life in a jail cell,” Senator Bucco said. “There is no justification for releasing these monsters back into the general population. I am hopeful that this law will act as a deterrent. I believe it will save countless young lives for years to come.”

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Now Law: Addiego Bill to Protect Consumer Information and Privacy

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Dawn Addiego (R-Atlantic, Burlington, Camden) to protect the privacy of consumers by restricting the collection of their personal information is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Dawn Addiego’s legislation to protect consumers from retail cyber hacks is now law. (©iStock)

“It seems like there’s a new data breach at a different retailer every few months,” Senator Addiego said. “If these kinds of attacks are getting to become a normal occurrence, we must put more protections in place to prevent consumers’ information from getting into the wrong hands.”

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Addiego Bill to Allow Drug Donations Passed by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Dawn Addiego (R-Burlington, Camden, Atlantic) to help the uninsured or underinsured through the use of donated prescription and over-the-counter drugs was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Dawn Addiego’s bill will allow private organizations to establish medication donation programs to help the uninsured and underinsured. (Wikimedia Commons)

“We already have a number of programs in place to collect unused medication so it can be destroyed, but just because it’s unused doesn’t mean it’s not useful,” Senator Addiego said. “Unexpired medication can and should be going to individuals who need it but otherwise might not have access to it because of how much it costs.”

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Dawn Marie Addiego

Senator - District 8

Maria Rodriguez-Gregg

Assemblywoman - District 8

Joe Howarth

Assemblyman - District 8

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