The calendar has flipped to 2020 and this week has been a busy time in New Jersey politics, from Governor Murphy delivering his State of the State address to Senator Booker ending his presidential campaign, and much more. Read more below for our weekly recap.
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GOV. MURPHY UPDATE
Governor Murphy delivered his second State of the State address this week, highlighting the many accomplishments he has achieved thus far and looking forward to enacting many more progressive policies to make our state stronger and fairer. Watch Governor Murphy’s State of the State address below to hear directly from the Governor on how he’s working for all of us.
Congressman Andy Kim was elected on a promise to deliver for his constituents in Burlington and Ocean counties, and he has consistently lived up to that since taking office. This week, Rep. Kim launched an innovative new tool to help his constituents navigate the federal government bureaucracy, with a dedicated web portal for residents who have questions about a wide variety of services. Check out Rep. Kim’s constituent service portal here.
Governor Murphy signed a package of bills this week to safeguard the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in New Jersey. The bills include protections for no-cost preventative care and contraception, prohibit exclusions for pre-existing conditions, allow children to stay on their parents’ plan until age 26, and incorporate mental health and maternity care as part of essential benefits, among others. Legislative sponsors of the bill package included Senators Loretta Weinberg, Nellie Pou, Joe Vitale, Troy Singleton, Joe Lagana, Nia Gill, Joe Cryan, Teresa Ruiz and Patrick Diegnan as well as Assembly members Lou Greenwald, Yvonne Lopez, Pamela Lampitt, John McKeon, Valeri Vainieri-Huttle, Shanique Speight, Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, Lisa Swain, Dan Benson, Gary Schaer, Herb Conaway, Raj Mukherji, Andrew Zwicker, Carol Murphy, Shavonda Sumter, Nicholas Chiaravalloti, Joann Downey, Chris Tully and Joe Danielsen.
SEN. BOOKER UPDATE
Senator Booker ended his inspiring and courageous campaign for President this week. His bold, progressive agenda made all of us in New Jersey extremely proud to be represented by him every day in Washington. Although his campaign for President has ended, Cory’s ideas and his willingness to challenge the status quo will live on throughout this primary and beyond. I wholeheartedly endorse his re-election to the U.S. Senate this November. We are extraordinarily fortunate to have such an outstanding representative fighting for us all.
Chairman John Currie