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.
Assembly Democratic Bill to Accommodate Cultural Preferences in School Menus Advances in SenateLegislation Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Carmelo G. Garcia, Raj Mukherji, Gabriela Mosquera, Joseph Lagana and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to require public school districts to consider making their breakfast and lunch menus more culturally sensitive was advanced by the Senate Education Committee on Thursday.
The bill (A-3360) would require superintendents in public school districts containing a middle or high school to establish a district-wide food services advisory committee to recommend breakfast and lunch menu options that reflect the student body's cultural, traditional and overall dietary preferences if the student population suggests such a need exists.
Democratic Bill Creating Commission to Study, Recommend Ways to Make NJ Colleges More Affordable Gains Final Legislative ApprovalThe Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John Wisniewski, Dan Benson, Pamela Lampitt, Paul Moriarty, Benjie Wimberly and Carmelo G. Garcia to create a task force charged with studying different ways to help make college more affordable for New Jersey students, giving it final legislative approval.
"Rising tuition costs are placing unbearable financial burdens on New Jersey college students and families," said Wisniewski (D-Middlesex). "The findings of the commission have the potential to open doors for students who otherwise could not afford a college education. ..."
Tucker, Mosquera, Garcia & Wimberly Bill to Study Impact of Disabilities on Minorities in NJ Signed into LawLegislation Assembly Democrats Cleopatra Tucker, Gabriela Mosquera, Carmelo G. Garcia and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to study the impact of disabilities on individuals in minority and underrepresented communities has been signed into law.
The new law (S-900/A-3632) requires the commissioner of the Department of Health, in consultation with the commissioner of the Department of Human Services, to review the impact of disabilities on individuals in minority and underrepresented communities. The two department heads are required to submit a report of their findings and recommendations to the governor and the legislature within one year.