Hometown: Vineland, NJ
Top 3 Issues: Take care of veterans, including increasing job training and scholarship opportunities; cut property taxes; access to affordable healthcare
Free-time activity: “I grew up playing sports, and my sons were very good athletes. They both went to college, one played basketball, and one played soccer. I have grandchildren now, so whenever time my kids come out and say, ‘dad, you want to play a little hoops? Shoot some basketball? Want to play some soccer? Kick the ball around? Play a little tennis? Bowl?’ That’s my pastime is sports. It kind of takes the edge off of me when I’m out there with my sons.”
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Hi, I’m Bruce Land
I'm a retired Army Sergeant and Corrections Captain and one of your two Assemblymen for New Jersey's 1st Legislative District. I represent Cape May county, most of Cumberland county, and a portion of Atlantic county.
I graduated high school in Millville in 1968, which was a big year in the Vietnam War. I ended up in I Corps, not far from the demilitarized zone. I was 20 at the time and it was a heck of a way to grow up.
At times it seems like a million years ago. Other times it feels like yesterday. But it made me who I am.
Once I got back home, I was lucky enough to meet and marry my wife Bonnie. We've been together for 44 years now, and have two good kids, Shaun and Devon, and three grandkids, Kayla, Kaiden, and Morgan. I was blessed to have a career in law enforcement, retiring as a Captain several years ago. And I was fortunate to be able to be involved in the community, coaching youth basketball, baseball, and soccer for 13 years while my kids were in school; and being an active community member in everything from the North Italy Club and the Thunderbolt Club to the American Legion and the Elks. For a lot of years most people called me coach, not Assemblyman.
But most of us who have served in the military want to continue our service. We take an oath, and that oath never ends. So at the ripe young age of 64 I ran for the Assembly.
It’s been rewarding to make such a difference in people’s lives as an Assemblyman. Together with Bob Andrzejczak and Matt Milam, I’ve been able to pass 25 bills to help our veterans, including laws to provide job training and scholarships to returning veterans and to increase their income tax deduction to $6,000. As a veteran myself I always tend to favor those issues.
We’ve also helped more seniors stay in their homes and retire with a bit of dignity by expanding a freeze on property taxes. We’ve been able to get new funding for women’s healthcare services like preventative services, prenatal care, and life-saving cancer screenings. And we’ve been able to put people to work by helping our local economy expand. Industries like commercial fishing, aquaculture, and wineries.
It's a good team we have here in South Jersey, we’re doing our utmost every day to make the state better. I hope we can earn your vote in this upcoming election so we can keep fighting for South Jersey.