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.
As we move forward, this page will be updated and expanded, so please visit often.
Vainieri Huttle: Department of Human Services in Flux, Needs Strong New LeadershipAssembly Human Services Committee Chairwoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) had the following published recently in the Newark Star-Ledger:
"When any longtime chief departs, there is an expected period of transition. In this case, there will be an acting commissioner until Gov. Chris Christie appoints, and the state Senate confirms, a new commissioner. But what happens in the meantime? The department serves 1.5 million residents, employs more than 15,000 people, and has an operating budget of about $11 billion. Frankly, DHS is too big to fail.
"New Jersey can't afford for anything to get lost in the shuffle of a transition, especially when there are so many critical issues on the department's plate right now, from gaps in mental health coverage to the continued implementation of the Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver to the state budget process..."