Hometown: Buena Vista Township, NJ
Occupation: Retired HVAC specialist
Top 3 Issues: During the last term we have doubled the income tax deduction for veterans; provided access to the senior property tax freeze; and protected critical access to health care for women so they can have affordable access to lifesaving cancer screenings, prenatal care, and other essential services
Free-time activity: “I like to give back. I’ve been volunteering at the local hospital in Vineland for the last five years. I have over 1,500 hours of volunteering there. I’ve been a volunteer fireman going on 49 years, and I think that giving back – if you’re able to – is a great thing to do.”
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My name is John Armato and I’m running for re-election to the New Jersey State Assembly. I have served in the Assembly since 2018 after a term as Buena Vista Township Committeeman. I am a lifelong resident of Atlantic County, Air Force veteran, volunteer firefighter for 49 years, and a former union HVAC specialist. I understand what it takes to raise a family here in Atlantic County and I stand up for families like mine in Trenton.
I have been deeply committed to combating the opioid epidemic and I am a recovery coach in my free time. As an Assemblyman, I have been working to educate New Jersey families on safe prescription drug practices and disposal to keep potentially dangerous drugs out of the wrong hands. I am also focused on expanding the availability of the life-saving anti-overdose medication Narcan. The opioid epidemic has touched so many families in Atlantic County and the entire country and these efforts could save lives all over New Jersey.
I have seen firsthand that our veteran community deserves to be treated better by the state of New Jersey. There are far too many veterans who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. Too many veterans do not receive the benefits they deserve just because of some government red tape. This is just unacceptable. Since I have been in the Assembly, I have authored legislation to provide legal services to homeless or at-risk to be homeless veterans. I have also worked with Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo to make a constitutional amendment that all of our veterans receive a property tax rebate and civil service preference. These are common-sense measures and our veteran community deserves it.
I ran for the Assembly in 2017 because I wanted to make a real difference in the lives of hardworking Atlantic County residents. I have accomplished some of my goals, but there is still more to be done. I respectfully ask for your vote to continue representing the great residents of Atlantic County.