A few updates to pass along from Assemblywoman Dunn and the NJGOP

Hello – we received a few updates recently from Assemblywoman Aura Dunn, as well as the NJGOP, which we wanted to pass on and make sure you are aware of:

Assemblywoman Aura Dunn

Monthly Update
This month we celebrate Black History Month. The past year has showed us that while we have made so much progress towards a truly equal society, there is more work to be done.

I am honored to have been chosen as a recipient of a Community Service Award from the Morris County NAACP.

I took a tour of the Good Grief Center in Morristown. This organization does amazing work helping children and families deal with the loss of a loved one. COVID-19 has completely changed the ways in which we may cope. Luckily, Good Grief has resources to address these challenges. See them here:https://good-grief.org/covid-19/

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by a promising Roxbury High School student and budding journalist for a profile in the school’s newspaper, The Roxbury Review. You can read it here:https://roxburyreview.com/1913/features/get-to-know-your-representatives-aura-dunn/

With tax season quickly approaching, do not forget to check if you are eligible to for the New Jersey Earned Income Tax Credit, which could put more of your hard earned money back in your pocket! To learn more about the program and see if you are eligible, visit: https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/eitc/eitcinfo.shtml

With tax season quickly approaching, do not forget to check if you are eligible to for the New Jersey Earned Income Tax Credit, which could put more of your hard earned money back in your pocket! To learn more about the program and see if you are eligible, visit: https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/eitc/eitcinfo.shtml

If you have not already done so, you can register for COVID-19 vaccine alerts from Atlantic Health. You will be notified when you can schedule an appointment to get vaccinated. Sign up here: https://www.atlantichealth.org/conditions-treatments/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-vaccine.html#alerts

Dunn in the News
New Office, But Old Challenges as Dunn Relocates to Chester

Stanzilis Jr. Completes Internship in Assemblywoman Dunn’s Office

All 7 Republican Assemblywomen Want Corrections Commissioner Hicks Gone

Legislative Update
I’d like to share some of the legislation I am working on:

A1334- Requires the Department of Health to provide information regarding spina bifida to certain parents and families of newborns; “Levi’s Law.”
Levi is a constituent of mine. I met with Levi’s mother to discuss the bill and her advocacy efforts. Parents deserve to have readily available access to the information they need to best raise their children and support their families.

A5225- Reserves certain hours at MVC locations for health care workers and first responders during COVID-19 public health emergency.
Our healthcare heroes work hectic hours. They may not be able to visit the MVC during limited hours. The least we can do is reserve time for them to take care of their business at the MVC without having to worry about exposure to others.
A5261- Provides accidental death benefit to surviving spouse, surviving child, or surviving parent of a State Police recruit who dies during required pre-service training.
A bill in honor of Lucas Homeijer, a constituent who left us too soon. Entering into pre-service training shows a commitment to public service that cannot be overlooked. The families of a trainee who dies during training deserve the support that the family of a fully trained officer receive.
A5286- Requires “Do Not Forward” label on mail-in ballot envelopes; allows mail-in voter to cure mail-in ballot due to missing or detached certificate; requires certain voter data be entered into voter file within 30 days.
We should not be disenfranchising voters for honest mistakes when filling out their mail-in ballots. However, we must also take steps to prevent duplicate ballots from being filled out by requiring do not forward labels on mail in ballot envelopes that are sent to a wrong address.


This week we saw the emergence of yet another Murphy scandal. News reports indicate that the Governor’s soccer team, Sky Blue, was heavily involved in an immigration fraud scheme that has led to federal charges in a growing scandal. 
NJGOP Chairman Michael Lavery said:

“The news of Governor Murphy’s soccer team being involved in an immigration fraud scheme is truly alarming. The Governor’s administration has been covered in scandal from day one, with the cascading sexual assault scandal, the SDA patronage scandal, the Edna Mahan scandal, sending Covid into nursing homes, and many others. New Jersey deserves better than never ending Murphy scandals, and deserves immediate answers from the Governor.”

It’s been a rough week for Governor Phil Murphy…
Phil Murphy’s Sky Blue soccer team is named in fraudulent visa investigation
Sky Blue FC, the professional women’s soccer team co-owned by Gov. Phil Murphy and his wife, Tammy, has been named in an immigration scheme that has led to federal charges in a widening visa scandal. 
After slip-ups, New Jersey’s COVID vaccine call center will not make appointments for now
New Jersey’s COVID-19 vaccine call center will stop booking appointments temporarily because agents were making too many mistakes such as double-booking patients, state officials said Wednesday. 
NJ workers still face steep hurdles filing unemployment claims. Here are some of them
The thousands of New Jersey workers still unable to resolve problems filing an unemployment claim amid the COVID-19 pandemic face delayed payments of their benefits, which can trigger a cascade of long-lasting, wide-reaching consequences.
It’s COVID chaos! Why are young smokers in the same line for the shot as my 77-year-old mom with leukemia? | Opinion
Older New Jerseyans have borne the brunt of this epidemic since the man believed to be our state’s first victim — Little River’s John Brennan, once a harness racing trainer — died on March 10, 2020, at the age of 69. According to the CDC, eight out of 10 COVID-19 deaths in the United States are among people 65 and older: The oldest among us have the most to lose, whether that means a devastating physical collapse or more time away from their families, their friends, their communities, their hobbies.
To end the rapes at Edna Mahan, the feds must rush to the rescue | Editorial
Attorney General Gurbir Grewal filed criminal charges against three guards at Edna Mahan last week, men who were among two dozen who allegedly charged into a cell block after midnight at the state’s only prison for women, beat the inmates mercilessly, and then tried to cover it up by lying on their reports.
New Jersey governor’s race becomes referendum on Murphy’s pandemic response
Murphy’s success in securing a second term in November could hinge on whether his greatest political strength — his response to the coronavirus — becomes his biggest weakness. The result will serve as barometer to three dozen other governors facing their own reelection battles in the 2022 midterms.



Twelve women in the Legislature behind impeachment of Corrections Commissioner Hicks
A group of bipartisan legislators have agreed to support articles of impeachment put forth by Assemblywoman Jean Stanfield and prime sponsored by Assemblywomen Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Nancy Munoz. The resolution charges Corrections Commissioner Marcus Hicks with constitutional violations for failing to protect inmates at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility.
“The women at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility have been silenced for far too long while enduring unspeakable pain and suffering at the hands of corrections officers who were sworn to protect them,” Stanfield said (R-Burlington). “The women leaders of New Jersey will not back down on this issue until Commissioner Hicks is gone and new leadership can begin the healing that this administration has spectacularly failed at.”

Pennacchio Says NJ’s Follow-the-Leader Approach to Pandemic Screams for Investigation Following NY Revelations
published report exposing the shocking admission by a high-ranking aid to Governor Cuomo that New York intentionally withheld “the state’s nursing home death toll from COVID-19” may raise serious questions about the reliability of New Jersey’s data, Senator Joe Pennacchio said.
Oroho Praises Introduction of Bipartisan Bill to Help Small Businesses & Nonprofits
Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) praised the introduction of bipartisan legislation today that would provide the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) with $300 million to fund emergency grants and loans for small businesses and nonprofit organizations impacted by COVID-19.
DeCroce, DiMaso and Simonsen underscore urgency to get kids back in classrooms as critical questions remain unanswered
Today’s Joint Committee on the Public Schools remote meeting highlighted the importance of getting teachers and children back in the classroom for full in-person learning, said the committee’s Assembly Republican members.
Legislators, state officials, education advocates, and concerned parents discussed how New Jersey can successfully reopen schools while addressing the learning loss and the social emotional impact the pandemic has had on the students and teachers of New Jersey.
“I think everyone agrees that in-person learning is crucial, especially for children from our underserved communities that don’t have equitable access to the Internet and rely on school breakfast and lunch for their nutrition,” said Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce (R-Morris). “But since kids are still not in the classroom, it is evident that the key players are not prioritizing our families most in need. It is time to fully fund schools so that they have what they need to reopen.”
Panel Approves Kean/Corrado Bill to Address Shortage of Election Poll Workers
Poll workers are essential to the in-person voting that exemplifies the freedoms enjoyed by all Americans, and legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Kristin Corrado would help ensure an adequate supply of election-day help.
Governor signs Dancer bill removing civil service exam obstacle for entry-level law enforcement
 Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s legislation making it easier for police departments to hire more diverse and qualified officers was signed into law this week.
The law (A5122/S3220) permits a municipality or county police department to exempt entry-level officers from the required civil service law enforcement exam, provided they successfully completed the full basic course for police officers as prescribed by the New Jersey Police Training Commission.
Bucco Bill Establishing Task Force to Protect New Jerseyans from Telemarketer Harassment Advances
Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would establish a task force to protect New Jerseyans from telemarketer harassment and intimidation was advanced by the Senate Commerce Committee.

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