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I Believe The Governor is a Good Husband and Father. I Just Don’t Believe He’s A Good Governor!

For The New Jersey Family.

Twas a good convention. I was moved by speeches given by Chair John Wisniewski, our Senator Frank Lautenberg and most notably the one passionately delivered by Speaker Sheila Oliver. The theme of all was: remember why we’re Democrats, and go back to the grass roots who share our values. Young people, candidates, vendors and many interesting folk in attendance. The breakout sessions were informative, and meeting other Dems was most satisfying.  Made some great connections with other women throughout the state who want to help with the womens’ access to health care issue. Also enjoyed meeting some of the very famous Blue Jersey bloggers in person. They were all over the convention. Rosi, with her trusty computer, kept all of you up to date in real time.

But why do some in our ranks continue to try to plant negative stories with the press? Not designed to help anyone!

Along with the Women’s Political Caucus, we hosted the Women’s Health Roundtable in Trenton this past week. Very well attended and representatives of the various groups including nurses and other health professionals, womens’ organizations, and providers were outspoken in describing what the cuts to these health programs mean for women and their families. Thanks to Jay Lassiter for being there with his camera. I did describe the Governor as having initiated a “war on women”. Mike Drewniak, Gov’s press secretary, responded with: ‘that’s over the top – everyone knows Chris Christie is a loving husband and devoted father to two daughters’.  I would assume that’s very true, and would only add: And they have very good health insurance and access to health care!  more below…

Senator Weinberg Coming to South Jersey

promoted by Rosi

At the request of State Senator Van Drew, State Senator Weinberg has agreed to hold a JOINT Hearing of the ” Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens ” Committee to discuss the unwarranted closure of the Vineland Developmental Center.

The Hearing will be held on Tuesday (May 17th – ed.) at 1: 00 P.M. at the Vineland City Hall, 640 E.Woods Street.

The public is asked to attend and voice their opinion.

Thank you Senator Weinberg for making this happen!!!

Help Needed in Crafting A More Humane and Sensible Budget

The first of five public hearings on the FY2012 State Budget took place at Bergen Community College in Paramus today and opened with testimony from Deborah Poritz, former Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, speaking on behalf of Legal Services. As she pointed out, these services affect life and death, particularly the latter when there are not enough funds to serve the many people who are not aware of their rights and can not afford legal counsel. Much of the day’s testimony before the Senate committee was in support of needed funds for those most vulnerable, including children, the mentally ill, and those with cerebral palsy, cancer, HIV, and drug addiction.  

The issue which raised the most heat was ….

Help Needed in Crafting A More Humane and Sensible Budget

The first of five public hearings on the FY2012 State Budget took place at Bergen Community College in Paramus today and opened with testimony from Deborah Poritz, former Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, speaking on behalf of Legal Services. As she pointed out, these services affect life and death, particularly the latter when there are not enough funds to serve the many people who are not aware of their rights and can not afford legal counsel. Much of the day’s testimony before the Senate committee was in support of needed funds for those most vulnerable, including children, the mentally ill, and those with cerebral palsy, cancer, HIV, and drug addiction.  

The issue which raised the most heat was Governor Christie’s plan to close Vineland Developmental Center which houses women with disabilities. The plan was supported by one speaker, but articulately and vehemently opposed by another. Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) joined three Democrats who expressed serious concern over the potential closing. Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1), a member of the Budget Committee whose district includes Vineland has said “It’s a complete non-starter.” Another senator said there is not enough background information now to justify the closing. Expect to hear more about this matter.

In comparison with last year’s Budget Hearing in Paramus, the event had lower attendance and those who testified spoke with less urgency. Only about half of the committee members were present. First-time member Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14), who arrived early, said she thought it was particularly important to set priorities, and committee chair Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-36) pointed out that this is the governor’s budget but there will be changes. Indeed, the committee will be setting priorities and there will be changes. However, I hope even more progressives will testify at the next four hearings and play a role in setting these critical priorities. Legislators need all the support they can get in crafting a more humane and sensible budget. See here for dates and locations of other March hearings.  

All Aboard: Budget Hearing Train Starts Monday

Senate and Assembly Budget Committees will begin their first hearing on the 2012 budget on Monday at Bergen Community College in Paramus. These hearings are an opportunity to let legislators know what you think is important. And legislators are more likely to pay attention to you this year.

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