Hometown: Bergenfield, NJ
Occupation: Assemblymember & HR professional
Top 3 Issues: Healthcare, education, and affordability
Free-time activity: “In my limited free time, I spend every waking hour with my family – my wife and my son, and there are so many great things to do in North Jersey, whether it’s going to the parks, spending time with friends, neighbors, family. Really, it’s just about spending as much time with my family as possible.”
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I’m running for re-election in New Jersey’s 38th District because I want to keep getting things done for this community.
Before I came to the State Assembly, I had the fortunate experience of serving on the town council in my hometown of Bergenfield. Families, neighbors, and local businesses always knew they could come to me for help on any issue affecting our town – from holding the line on taxes, to helping them start a business, to fixing potholes and restoring our parks. And I’m proud we restored fiscal responsibility to the town by cutting our borough debt in half and improving our bond rating.
I’ve also had the opportunity to work with and learn from some of New Jersey’s best public servants, including Senator Frank Lautenberg and Governor Dick Codey. Most recently I served as District Director for U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer, responding to constituents’ concerns and giving everyday people in North Jersey more of a say in the policies that affect them.
Now, as an Assemblyman, I have the opportunity to solve some of the biggest problems affecting our area. That is a duty and an honor that I cherish, and one that is very personal for me. My wife and I are raising our 2-year-old son here. North Jersey is a great place to live and raise a family, and we are blessed to live here, but I’m always working to make it even better.
After the heartbreaking Paramus school bus crash last year, I worked with my running mate, Assemblywoman Lisa Swain, to pass major new reforms to improve bus safety and help ensure a tragedy like that would never occur here again.
Our children’s safety is paramount and that’s why I’ve sponsored legislation and brought back state funds to improve pedestrian safety in our communities. And we passed common-sense gun safety laws and increased our school security funding. We also proudly supported a school funding formula that recovered over $20 million dollars in education funding for our district so that children in this community, whether they’re in public, religious, or private schools, are guaranteed a world-class education.
We’re fighting to make this community more affordable for everyday people. That’s why we brought education dollars back to the district, voted to stop tax increases on the middle class, and worked to restore vital programs for seniors like the homestead rebate and Senior Freeze. And when Republicans in Congress were trying to gut New Jerseyans’ health care, we stood up to them by introducing legislation that would make sure essential health benefits in New Jersey would always be protected.
I’m honored to represent such a great community, and I’m proud to serve as a strong voice for our district. I’m running for re-election to keep doing the work of making it safer, more affordable, and an even better place to live and raise a family.
Thank you for watching, and please remember to vote on November 5th.