|Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs|
Democratic Research Aide: Ben A. Graziano
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Mazzeo, Land, Andrzejczak & DeAngelo Measure Urging USAF to Base New Fighter Jets at 177th Fighter Wing Passes AssemblyTRENTON) - Legislation Assemblymen Vincent Mazzeo, Bruce Land, Bob Andrzejczak and Wayne DeAngelo sponsored to encourage the military to base some of its newest fighter jets in New Jersey cleared the full Assembly, 68-0-2, on Thursday.
The resolution (AR-149) urges the United States Air Force to base F-35 Lightning II fighter jets at the 177th Fighter Wing of the New Jersey Air National Guard in Egg Harbor Township. The F-35s would replace the older F-16s currently flown by Guard members at the base.
Assembly Passes Caputo Bill to Promote NJ's Contributions to America's Military History(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Ralph Caputo to help highlight and promote places and sites in New Jersey of historic significance to the military or the country's war efforts was approved by the full Assembly on Thursday, 70-0.
"New Jersey has played in important role in America's military history. One of the most important battles of the American Revolution was fought just blocks from the State House. People need to know this," said Caputo ((D-Essex), who chairs the committee. "This bill would create a website dedicated to New Jersey's contributions to America's military efforts, which not only honors these stories, but can help boost tourism to our state by providing a one-stop information shop for individuals interested in visiting these sites."
Mosquera, Jones, DeAngelo, Mazzeo, Johnson & Houghtaling Bill to Allow NJ Overseas Voters to Cast Ballots Passes Assembly(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gabriela Mosquera, Patricia Jones, Wayne DeAngelo, Vince Mazzeo and Gordon Johnson to expand voting rights for overseas residents, especially military personnel received final legislative approval, 69-2-2, in the Assembly on Thursday.
The bill (A-2815) revises the "Overseas Residents Absentee Voting Law" to more closely resemble the federal Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act by incorporating into New Jersey law those provisions that have not yet been adopted.
Schaer, Tucker, Benson & Caputo Bill to Increase Personal Needs Allowance Under Medicaid, SSI for Vets Clears AssemblyLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Cleopatra Tucker, Daniel R. Benson and Ralph Caputo to ensure that veterans on Medicaid and living in a facility, such as a nursing home or developmental center, have enough money to purchase personal items gained approval from the General Assembly on Thursday.
"This allowance has stayed the same for years while the cost of living in this state has not," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). "This is an opportunity to help veterans continue to provide for themselves and their families in a changing economy. Requiring cost-of-living adjustments on the allowance is extremely important. New Jersey veterans will not have to wait for another increase in the future."