Welcome to my Virtual District Office!
This page has been created to make it easier for you to learn how my office can be your advocate in Trenton and to get answers to some common questions about state government. In addition, you can visit the Web page of your town from the links below. You also can click to send me and my staff an e-mail. Whether you have a problem that needs to be solved or just want to send your opinion on a pressing state issue, my office is at your service.
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Speaker Prieto on TTF Agreement: “This is an investment in both our economy & public safety”Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson) on Friday released the following statement on the agreement that has been reached to replenish New Jersey's Transportation Trust Fund (TTF):
"While it took us some time to get here, in the end everyone worked together and compromised to create a plan we could all coalesce behind - one that puts safety first, puts residents back to work and provides broad-based tax cuts for all New Jersey residents.
Speaker Prieto Statement on Paltry 6-Cent Minimum Wage Increase'We need an actual living wage if we're to lift families out of poverty'
Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) released the following statement Friday on New Jersey's paltry 6-cent increase in the minimum wage, which takes it to just $8.44 per hour starting Jan. 1.
As part of his anti-poverty legislative effort, Prieto sponsored legislation (A-15) to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and make further increases over a four-year period to $15 per hour. Gov. Christie vetoed the bill, and the Speaker now plans to take the question to the voters:
"As I've said before, the current minimum wage law was a good effort, but we clearly need to do more. We need an actual living wage if we're to lift families out of poverty, and this current level isn't nearly enough…"
McKeon, Prieto, Wimberly, Zwicker & Greenwald Bill to Create Statewide Gun Buyback Program Continues to Advance(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman John F. McKeon, Speaker Vincent Prieto, Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly, Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker and Assemblyman Lou Greenwald that would create a statewide gun buyback program in an effort to reduce the number of firearms in New Jersey communities continues to advance in the Legislature with an approval on Thursday by a Senate panel.
"Gun violence claims lives every day. In some communities, it is an-all too common reality," said McKeon (D-Essex/Morris). "We realize a gun buyback program alone will not eliminate gun violence, but it can help enhance public safety by reducing the number of firearms in circulation."
Speaker Prieto on Hoboken Train CrashAssembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson) issued the following statement Thursday on the New Jersey Transit train crash in Hoboken:
"I am very saddened to hear of the tragedy this morning in Hoboken. On behalf of the New Jersey Assembly, I offer prayers and condolences to the victims and their families. My heart goes out to them. As we mourn for the lives lost, we hope for the best as the rescue effort continues.