From the New Jersey AFL-CIO:
As New Jersey’s government shutdown enters day 3, we need to demand a resolution. People's livelihoods are at stake and the services people depend on are in limbo. It is unacceptable that legislators we elected to vote on our behalf are abstaining from voting and causing a state government shutdown. Below is a list of legislators who have abstained and need to hear their constituents' voices.
If your legislator is listed, please send him or her a direct message with the simple message: pass the budget, end the shutdown.
Holding the state budget captive as a result of Governor Christie’s Horizon demands – a completely unrelated issue that was brought up less than one week ago – is misguided and a disservice to all New Jerseyans.
By expanding Horizon’s mission to serve as the insurer of last resort, Senate Bill S-4 is a health care tax imposed by Governor Christie on policy holders. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO maintains that any surplus should be returned to policy holders rather than diverted to other uses by the governor.
What can you do?
URA-AFT is calling on its members to call the following Legislators who are blocking the passage of a balanced budget. Tell them that a “no” vote or an “abstain” vote is the same as voting “yes” to a shutdown. This is unacceptable.
The below list and contact information has been provided by CWA 1036:
|ASSEMBLY REP||PHONE||District Area|
|Bob Andrzejczak||(609) 465-0700||AsmAndrzejczak@njleg.org||Cape May County|
|R. Bruce Land||(609) 465-0700||AsmLand@njleg.org||Cape May County|
|Craig Coughlin||(732) 855-7441||AsmCoughlin@njleg.org||Middlesex County|
|Joe Danielsen||(732) 247-3999||AsmDanielsen@njleg.org||Middlesex County|
|Joe Egan||(732) 249-4550||AsmEgan@njleg.org||Middlesex County|
|Nancy Pinkin||(732) 548-1406||AswPinkin@njleg.org||Middlesex County|
|Troy Singleton||(856) 234-2790||AsmSingleton@njleg.org||Burlington County|
|Herb Conaway||(856) 461-3997||AsmConaway@njleg.org||Burlington County|
|Eliana Pintor-Marin||(973) 589-0713||AswPintorMarin@njleg.org||Essex County|
|Gordon Johnson||(201) 530-0469||AsmJohnson@njleg.org||Bergen County|
|Eric Houghtaling||(732) 695-3371||AsmHoughtaling@njleg.org||Monmouth County|
|Joann Downey||(732) 333-0166||AswDowney@njleg.org||Monmouth County|
And, while you are at it, send a message to thank all the Assembly members who voted YES on the budget and have stuck to their vote.
Complete List of Assembly Members who voted YES!
|Dan Benson (D)
Ralph Caputo (D)
Marlene Caride (D)
Annette Chaparro (D)
Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D)
Wayne DeAngelo (D)
Tim Eustace (D)
|Thomas Giblin (D)
Reed Gusciora (D)
Jamel Holley (D)
Mila Jasey (D)
Angelica Jimenez (D)
James Kennedy (D)
Joseph Lagana (D)
|John McKeon (D)
Angela McKnight (D)
Raj Mukherji (D)
Elizabeth Maher Muoio (D)
Vincent Prieto (D)
Annette Quijano (D)
Gary Schaer (D)
|Shavonda Sumter (D)
Cleopatra Tucker (D)
Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D)
Benjie Wimberly (D)
John Wisniewski (D)
Andrew Zwicker (D)
Thank you to Assembly members Wayne DeAngelo (LD14), Dan Benson (LD14), and Andrew Zwicker (LD16) who added their YES votes on Friday to pass the budget and avoid a shutdown. Thank you to Assemblyman James Kennedy (LD22) who added his vote YES on Sunday to end the shutdown.