1. NJ Democratic Assembly Budget Committee Members Respond to Gov. Christie's Budget Vetoes

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    In this video press release, Democratic members of the Assembly Budget Committee - Gary S. Schaer (D-Passaic), the panel’s chairman, Gordon M. Johnson (D-Bergen), John J. Burzichelli (D-Gloucester), the Assembly Appropriations Committee Chairman, Eliana Pintor Marin (D-Essex), Joseph Cryan (D-Union), Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) and Benjie E. Wimberly (D-Passaic) - discuss Governor Christie’s vetoes of the Democratic budget for fiscal year 2015.

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    • NJ Budget Committee Dems on Passage of Budget that Protects Middle Class Priorities & Fulfills State Obligations (S-2015)

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      In this video press release, the Democratic members of the Assembly Budget Committee - Gary S. Schaer (D-Passaic), the panel’s chairman, Joseph Cryan (D-Union), Gordon M. Johnson (D-Bergen), John J. Burzichelli (D-Gloucester), the Assembly Appropriations Committee Chairman, Troy Singleton (D-Burlington), Benjie E. Wimberly (D-Passaic), Eliana Pintor Marin (D-Essex) and Raj Mukherji (D-Hudson) - discuss the passage of the Democratic budget for fiscal year 2015. The Democratic budget (S-2015) sent to Governor Christie’s desk is a budget that protects the values of New Jersey’s hard working middle class families. It recognizes that women and families require access to quality health care and that vital services, such as nursing homes, cancer research, college affordability and domestic violence programs must be protected. It gives tax relief to those who need it most, while responsibly fulfilling the obligations the state has to teachers, police and firefighters. It resorts millionaires to their 2009 tax rate, a move that embodies fairness and share sacrifice. It is a budget that makes clear that - unlike Governor Christie’s reckless funding plan - Democratic priorities are in line with those of the state’s middle class, working families and the poor. While the governor allows vital obligations to go unresolved, the Democratic budget meets several of New Jersey’s most important needs and is the most fiscally responsible plan that can be offered in these difficult economic times.

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      • Riley & Cryan on 20-Bill NJ Higher Education Reform Package

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        In this video press release, Assembly Higher Education Committee Chairwoman Celeste M. Riley (D-Cumberland) and Assemblyman Joseph Cryan (D-Union) outline their 20-bill higher education reform package, following the conclusion of a series of public hearings on the legislation. The comprehensive bill package would address many of the critical factors standing in the way of whether students in New Jersey successfully completes college and completes it in the most cost effective manner possible. The major areas addressed by the bill package include: college readiness, college completion rates, college cost, data collection, accountability, and pathways to success. To view a copy of the bills, as introduced, please click here: http://bit.ly/1q7UXwa

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        • Schaer & Cryan Question Treasurer on Lack of Solutions to $800M Revenue Shortfall

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          In this video press release, Assembly Budget Committee Chairman Gary S. Schaer (D-Passaic) and Assembly Budget Committee member Joseph Cryan (D-Union) question the state treasurer on his department’s lack of plans to deal with the $800 million revenue shortfall in the current year budget. The pair of lawmakers questioned the treasurer’s rationale of waiting until his May 21 appearance before the panel to present them with details of how treasure expects to close the current year budget deficit.

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          • Cryan on Need to Keep College Affordable for NJ Residents

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            In this video press release, Assemblyman Joseph Cryan discusses the need to keep college tuition in New Jersey affordable for students, following a review by the Assembly Budget Committee of higher education funding in the governor’s FY 2015 proposed budget. Cryan (D-Union) is a sponsor of a 20-bill higher education reform package that would help reduce the high cost of college in the state.

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            • Prieto, Quijano & Cryan Urge Port-Hiring Reform at Ports Newark & Elizabeth (AJR-61)

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              In this video press release, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) and Assembly members Annette Quijano and Joseph Cryan (both D-Union), whose district includes Port Elizabeth, voice their support for hiring reforms at the ports of Newark and Elizabeth that would help fill nearly 500 vacant positions at the region’s ports. In addition to voicing their support of reforms being pushed by a coalition of business, labor unions and other state lawmakers, the trio also urged the New York State Legislature to vote on legislation that would help to resolve much of the jobs backlog; New Jersey lawmakers passed the required legislation in September 2007. Ports Newark and Elizabeth fall under the jurisdiction of the bi-state Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and, as such, any legislative changes to the agency’s operation must be approved by legislatures in both states.

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              • Assemblyman Cryan on Bill Prohibiting Internet, Phone & Other Anonymous Ammo Purchases in NJ (A-3666)

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                In this video press release, Assemblyman Joseph Cryan (D-Union) discusses his legislation to reduce the risk of straw selling and criminal stockpiling of ammunition by prohibiting anonymous purchasing of ammunition in New Jersey. Cryan's legislation (A-3666) would make direct mail order, Internet, telephone and any other anonymous method of ammunition sale or transfer illegal in New Jersey. Under the bill, all ammunition sales and transfers would be required to be made as face-to-face transactions between that seller or the transfer and the receiver of the ammunition. Face-to-face transactions are defined in the bill as sales or transferees in which the purchaser, transferee or assignee is in the physical presence of the seller, transferor or assigner. violators would face banalities of up to $10,000 and p to 18 months in prison. The bill passed the Assembly in February by a vote of 46-29.

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                • Assembly Democrats on Gun Violence Prevention in New Jersey

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                  In this video press release, Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex), Assembly Majority Conference Leader Gordon M. Johnson (D-Bergen), Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee Chair Charles Mainor (D-Hudson), Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee members Joseph Cryan (D-Union) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer) and Assembly members Jason O'Donnell (D-Hudson) and Connie Wagner (D-Bergen) discuss the need for and their desire to address gun violence prevention ion New Jersey, in advance of a special Wednesday Assembly committee day devoted exclusively to examining the issue. The call to action from the members comes after a rash of devastating shootings across the country - including one this morning at the New Castle County, Delaware courthouse that left two people plus the gunman dead and two others wounded - placed the discussion of gun violence prevention front and center on the national and New Jersey legislative stages.

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                  • Democratic Members of Assembly Law & Public Safety Committee Commentary on Half-Way House Reform Hearing

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                    In this video press release, Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee Chairman Charles Mainor (D-Hudson) and Assembly members Nelson T. Albano (D-Cumberland), Daniel R. Benson (D-Mercer), Joseph Cryan (D-Union) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer) discuss their impressions following a hearing on the troubling lack of oversight of half-way houses operating under the Christie administration's Department of Corrections.

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                    • Assembly Democrats Voice Their Support for Workers' Right to Collectively Bargain

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                      In this video press release, Assembly members Louis D. Greenwald (D-Camden), Gordon M. Johnson (D-Bergen), Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. (D-Middlesex), Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex), Wayne P. DeAngelo (D-Mercer), Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer), Jason O'Donnell (D-Hudson), Ralph R. Caputo (D-Essex), Pamela R. Lampitt (D-Camden), Daniel R. Benson (D-Mercer), Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), Charles Mainor (D-Hudson), Nelson T. Albano (D-Cumberland), Thomas P. Giblin (D-Essex), Connie Wagner (D-Bergen), John S. Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) and Majority Leader Joseph Cryan (D-Union) express their support of police and firefighters' right to collectively bargain during a massive rally in support of workers' rights at the State House.

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