Governor’s Executive Order Implements Addiego/Allen Call for Expedited Gun Permit Applications for Victims of Domestic Violence
Senate Republicans Dawn Addiego and Diane Allen stated the following after Governor Chris Christie announced he had signed an Executive Order expediting firearms applications for victims of domestic violence:
“We’re glad to see Governor Christie agrees with our approach to ensuring victims of domestic violence have their firearms applications processed quickly and without delay.
Assembly Republican Maria Rodriguez-Gregg’s legislation allowing patients to synchronize the refill dates of their prescription medications and make fewer trips to the pharmacy earned the approval of the General Assembly.
The bill, A-3331 requires insurance companies to cover prescriptions dispensed in less than a one-month’s supply, allowing all the prescriptions to a patient to be renewed at the same time.
“Doctors and pharmacist should really be the ones deciding when prescriptions are refilled and not insurance companies,” said Rodriquez-Gregg, R – Burlington and Atlantic. “Managing medications is an important part of treatment.”
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Maria Rodriguez-Gregg allowing Dave & Buster’s-style restaurant and entertainment venues in New Jersey was approved by the General Assembly. The measure, A-4143, permits issuing an amusement game license to qualifying bars and restaurants.
“This profitable niche has done well in other states and it can help energize New Jersey’s economy,” said Rodriguez-Gregg, R – Burlington, Atlantic and Camden. “Opening the door for these specialty venues will create new business, new jobs, and renewed excitement in destinations like Atlantic City, our Shore towns, and downtown areas dependent on restaurant and nightlife traffic.”
Assemblyman Chris Brown (8th- Evesham) questioned Freeholder Joanne Schwartz’s lack of support for the Burlington County Library budget in a letter sent earlier this week. Freeholder Schwartz has previously voted against the library budget, the only “No” vote cast by a member of the Freeholder Board.
“The library system provides a host of resources for seniors and children. To take away current funding would be devastating to those that rely on the system for education, entertainment, and even assistance with job searches,” said Brown. “In these tough economic times we should be doing more to make sure our citizens have the tools they need to find gainful employment, not less.”
The Burlington County Library System has branches in Evesham, Westampton, Pemberton, Medford, Vincentown, and Mount Holly; all located in the 8th District as well as many others throughout the County. In many of these cases, they are the only library resources communities have.
Addiego: Decision Is a Triumph for Transparency
All three 8th District legislators voiced their support for a BPU decision rejecting a truncated approval schedule proposed by New Jersey Natural Gas for the construction of a natural gas pipeline routed through Burlington, Ocean, and Monmouth counties.
The proposal consisted of an accelerated schedule that is two months shorter than that proposed by the BPU, significantly cutting back on time for public participation in the process. The proposal was defeated in favor of the BPU’s proposed schedule, in a decision handed down by the board yesterday afternoon.
“This is the first step in what will hopefully be a transparent process that is open to public scrutiny,” said Senator Dawn Addiego. “The BPU has rightfully sided with the public and cast aside this egregious attempt to circumvent what is supposed to be an open and fair proceeding.”
After Bowne Murder, Addiego, Allen & Beck Announce Legislation to Prioritize Gun Permits for the Most Vulnerable
Senate Republicans Dawn Addiego, Diane Allen and Jennifer Beck announced they will introduce legislation to prioritize firearms permit applications for residents protected by a current restraining order. According to a Courier-Post report, a Berlin Township woman who was killed in an apparent domestic attack on Wednesday night was waiting for the approval of a firearms permit. According to the report the application was submitted in April but the review process had not yet been completed.
“The tragic murder of Carol Bowne shows that there are sensible changes we should make to public safety laws to help people protect themselves,” said Addiego (R-Burlington, Camden, Atlantic). “This legislation will make sure that those who need protection the most are given priority when it comes to the lengthy process of applying for a firearms permit.”
Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, Assemblyman Christopher J. Brown and Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg (all R-8) issued the following statements on Gov. Christie’s State of the State address:
Addiego: “For five years, Gov. Christie has dedicated his efforts to make New Jersey affordable and to provide opportunity for the families who live here. Working together, we have reduced annual discretionary spending by $2.5 billion since 2008, and the jobless rate has sunk to its lowest level since 2008.”
The 8th Legislative District office is again partnering with Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey (OYRSJ) in a Holiday Cookie Drive for our troops.
This year, as you finalize plans for the busy holiday season, please take a moment to remember our military men and women who will not have the chance to be home for the holidays.
If your plans include some quality time baking goodies for loved ones and friends, we hope you will consider making an extra tray of cookies to share with our heroes serving abroad.
Cookies will be collected on ONE DAY ONLY, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, at our 8th District Office at 176 Route 70 East, Suite 13, Medford, NJ — behind the Dunkin Donuts at Jones Road.
Addiego, Brown & Rodriguez-Gregg Bill Requires Public Utilities to Provide Priority Service to Schools & Public Safety Agencies
Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, Assemblyman Christopher J. Brown and Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg (all R-8) have announced legislation that would protect schools and public safety agencies from preventable telephone outages and require all public utilities to maintain dedicated support staff to provide those organizations with priority service.
The legislation (S-2594/Assembly version pending introduction) was prompted by a telephone service outage lasting more than a day that left the Southampton Township Board of Education and its schools with “minimal capability to communicate with parents, law enforcement, and emergency responders if necessary.”
“With so many children gathered together for so much of the time, it’s crucial that schools have priority access to resolve utility issues,” said Addiego. “Given recent events at Newtown and elsewhere, we can all understand the importance of school officials having access to working phones should they need to call for help.”
New Jersey Senators Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Dawn Addiego (R-Burlington) issued the following statement urging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to resign or be fired by league ownership:
“Roger Goodell downplayed domestic violence and assault for nothing but selfish reasons, ignoring his responsibility to be a role model and a leader of men in a sport that is played or watched by people of all ages in virtually every American community, school and household.