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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.

Benson and Murphy Join AAA to Combat Distracting Driving

To raise awareness for the dangers of distracted driving, Assembly Democrats Dan Benson (D-Mercer, Middlesex) and Carol Murphy (D-Burlington) released the following statements on the launch of AAA’s “Don’t Drive Intexticated” campaign aimed to encourage drivers to avoid cell phone use behind the wheel.

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Murphy Statement on Importance of the Violence Against Women Act

Following testimony from New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal at today’s Assembly Budget Committee hearing, Assemblywoman Carol Murphy (D-Burlington) released the following statement:

“As countless stories of harassment, abuse and assault come to light in the #MeToo era, it’s all the more crucial that we fully support the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The programs funded by VAWA help law enforcement officials like Attorney General Grewal prosecute crimes against women and help survivors get the justice they deserve. Unfortunately, political infighting in Washington has allowed VAWA to expire, leaving survivors without access to critical resources. Women deserve far better."

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Armato, Mazzeo & Murphy Introduce Bill to Permit Certain Firefighter Training Online

With the goal of modernizing the training process for volunteer firefighters, Assembly Democrats John Armato, Vince Mazzeo and Carol Murphy recently introduced legislation to allow for some training courses for volunteer firefighter certification to be taken online.

“In my 49 years as a volunteer firefighter, I’ve seen the landscape change dramatically,” said Armato (D-Atlantic). “Many members are retiring, and volunteer classes are shrinking. It’s time to come up with new ideas to make the extensive 187-hour training process more convenient and accessible to engage the next generation of volunteer firefighters.”

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Murphy, Armato, Tully Bill Creating New Jersey Military Advisory Board Approved by Assembly

Created for the purpose of serving as a liaison between the Executive, State and Federal Legislative branches of government and the United States Armed Forces, a bill that would establish the New Jersey Military Advisory Board within the Department of State was recently approved by the full Assembly 80-0-0. Assembly Democrats Carol Murphy, John Armato and Christopher Tully are the measure's sponsors.

The bill (A-4550) calls for the Board to consist of 11 members who would remain informed and engaged in military matters and events in the state. The group would work with Congress, base commanders, and public and private entities, including, but not limited to, the Picatinny Enhancement Coalition, the Defense Enhancement Coalition, and the Chamber of Commerce.

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Democratic Assembly Budget Panel Members Respond to First Public Hearing

Today, the Assembly Budget Committee held the first of two public hearings on the proposed Fiscal Year 2020 State Budget. The second public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday May 27, 2019 in committee room 4 in the State House Annex at 9:30 a.m. Democratic committee members released the following statement regarding today's testimony:

Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin (D-Essex), committee chair: "Today we began a months-long process to craft a fair and responsible budget. We heard from a variety residents and important groups and associations. We fully understand the importance of adequately funding schools, transportation, direct service providers who care for the most vulnerable, the arts and more. We also understand for every spending increase a corresponding cut is needed. This committee will give today's testimony the consideration it deserves as we work to produce a spending plan that reflects the priorities of our fellow residents.

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Sumter, Murphy & Downey Joint Statement on Bill to Implement Roadside Maintenance Safety Policies Clearing Full Assembly

On legislation (A-4588), clearing the legislature Monday (75-0-1), Assembly Democrats Shavonda E. Sumter, Carol Murphy and Joann Downey sponsored to protect roadside maintenance workers:

"Performing roadside maintenance can be hazardous for workers if the right precautions are not taken. Speeding vehicles and low-light conditions can be a dangerous combination for any employee working to repair a problem on highways or even local roads. We can prevent tragic incidents from happening with the proper protocols in place. This legislation works hand-in-hand with the state's recent implementation of the Move-Over law protecting police officers and emergency vehicles on the shoulder of the road from passing vehicles."

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Vainieri Huttle & Murphy Bill Creating Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights Continues to Advance

To establish protections for victims of sexual violence, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Carol Murphy to create the Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights was advanced by the Assembly Appropriations Panel Monday.

"New Jersey has made advances in the recognition and protection of the rights of crime victims and survivors. Unfortunately, victims of sexual violence are often faced with blame and doubt." said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "Survivors of sexual violence should be heard, their trauma should not be neglected. No victim of sexual violence should feel discouraged from proceeding with their complaints or feel shame for their experience. We must ensure that all survivors feel safe, supported and believed. With this legislation, it is my hope that we can empower victims of sexual violence to come forward, and better serve them when we do."
The bill (A-1711) would establish a Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights.

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Murphy Statement on School Infrastructure and Serving Our Students during Budget Process

As the Assembly Budget Committee continues the process of evaluating resources to craft a fair and balanced State budget, Assemblywoman Carol Murphy (D-Burlington) released the following statement:

“Every child deserves to take pride in their school. It should be a place that excites them to learn, grow and work towards a bright future,” said Murphy, who sits on the Assembly Budget Committee. “However, after hearing testimony from school officials from across the State, it’s clear many of our school buildings are falling into disarray. A school with crumbling ceilings, broken bathroom stalls or faulty heating and cooling systems can understandably hinder a student’s ability to focus."

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Armato, Murphy & Wimberly Bill Ensure Timely Sale of Vacant Properties Approved by Full Assembly

Legislation to require foreclosure sales of vacant or abandoned properties to be conducted within 60 days of foreclosure judgment was cleared Monday by the full Assembly, 80-0. The bill (A-5005) is sponsored by Assembly Democrats John Armato, Carol Murphy and Benjie Wimberly, who released the following statements:

Assemblyman John Armato (D-Atlantic): "Most New Jerseyans can point to a property in their neighborhood that hasn't seen an owner or tenant for years on end. Some of these properties become eyesores from lack of upkeep, and diminish the quality of life in the community. Setting an exact timeframe for foreclosed properties to be sold will help alleviate this problem."

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Mortgage Measures Approved by Assembly

Bills Mandate License for Mortgage Servicers and Impose Fines of Up $25,000 for Violators; Sets Provisions for Out-of-State Mortgage Lenders

In an effort to strengthen consumer protections for residential mortgages and to develop a solutions-driven strategy in response to New Jersey's residential foreclosure crisis, two bills were approved Monday by the full Assembly.

One measure (A-4997) the "Mortgage Services Licensing Act" and sponsored by Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-Middlesex), Vincent Mazzeo (D-Atlantic) and Carol Murphy (D- Burlington), would require anyone working as a mortgage servicer to obtain a license from the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance for each main office and each branch office where business is conducted, unless the person is exempt under provisions outlined in the bill. It was released by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on March 18 and cleared the full Assembly by a vote of 77-2-1.

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Vainieri Huttle & Murphy Bill Creating Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights Clears Legislature

To establish protections for victims of sexual violence, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Carol Murphy to create the Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights cleared the legislature Monday with final passage in the Assembly, 77-0.

"New Jersey has made advances in the recognition and protection of the rights of crime victims and survivors. Unfortunately, victims of sexual violence are often faced with blame and doubt." said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "Survivors of sexual violence should be heard, their trauma should not be neglected. No victim of sexual violence should feel discouraged from proceeding with their complaints or feel shame for their experience. We must ensure that all survivors feel safe, supported and believed. With this legislation, it is my hope that we can empower victims of sexual violence to come forward, and better serve them when we do."

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Conaway, Vainieri Huttle, Murphy Bill Mandating Survey of Prenatal Care Clinics in New Jersey Approved by Assembly

Data will Help Shape Maternal and Prenatal Services in State

A bill designed to evaluate the effectiveness of New Jersey's maternal and prenatal services by surveying and analyzing the state's prenatal and antenatal care clinics, sponsored by Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway, Jr., MD (D-Burlington), Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) and Carol Murphy (D-Burlington), was approved 80-0-0 by the full Assembly Monday.

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Lampitt, Murphy, Reynolds-Jackson & Armato Child Sexual Abuse Bill Package Now Law

Protecting students from sexual abuse and misconduct in schools, a four-bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Carol Murphy, Verlina Reynolds-Jackson and John Armato was signed into law Monday.

"Now more than ever, it is imperative that we are doing everything we can in New Jersey to protect our students from sexual abuse, harassment, and misconduct," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "These new laws send a message to anyone employed by a school district that this type of behavior will not be tolerated under any circumstance and the legislature is taking action to solidify that."

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