The Assembly Democratic Majority on Thursday chose Assemblyman Lou Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington) to continue serving as Majority Leader of the General Assembly for the 216th Legislature that convenes in January.
First elected to the Assembly in 1996, Greenwald said he was inspired to public service by watching his late mother, Maria Barnaby Greenwald, the legendary first woman mayor of Cherry Hill, bring people together to solve problems and advocate for senior citizens and middle-class families.
From her, Greenwald said he learned the value of standing up for beliefs and bringing people together to solve problems at an early age.
Throughout his service in the Assembly, Greenwald has been the architect of auto insurance reform, reformed the hospital charity care system, revised New Jersey’s school funding formula, led a fight to pass property tax relief credits for middle-class families and championed common sense ideas to reduce gun violence.
Greenwald – who became Majority Leader in 2012 after serving as Assembly Budget Committee chairman from 2002 to 2011, pledged to continue to emulate these values in the 216th Legislature:
“I am humbled and honored to be returning to the Assembly as the Majority Leader. I truly believe there is no higher honor than serving the people of New Jersey.
“The voters in New Jersey spoke clearly on Tuesday. Despite an onslaught from Gov. Christie, New Jerseyans returned a strong Democratic majority to the Assembly.
“That’s because Assembly Democrats represent New Jersey’s key priorities, whether it’s standing up for middle-class property tax relief, fighting to create jobs and lead a middle-class economic recovery, taking a common sense approach to preventing gun violence or supporting women’s health care.
“With an average net property tax increase of 20 percent over the past four years and one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, New Jerseyans know Assembly Democrats will put middle-class families first, not millionaires.
“Over the past two years, we fought hard to deliver middle-class property tax relief and create good-paying jobs.
“And make no mistake: when it comes to standing up for middle-class families, we will never give up the fight.
“I look forward to working with Speaker Prieto and the rest of the Democratic caucus to advance a strong middle-class agenda in the upcoming legislative session.”