Hometown: Hillsborough, NJ
Occupation: Retired Vice President of Data and Analytics at Prudential
Top 3 Issues: Ensuring Seniors can stay in New Jersey, Protecting a woman’s right to choose, and making New Jersey more affordable.
Free-time activity: “I am a Mets fan – I think it’s too easy to become a Yankees fan – so I live and die, and break my heart with, the Mets every year. I also have a tomato garden this year, because what’s New Jersey without tomatoes? And my wife and I just celebrated our 35th anniversary. Since we have adult children, we put a little bit more effort into our two dogs, and we’re very big dog people.”
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Hello, my name is Roy Freiman. I am your current Assembly representative for the 16th district, which covers parts of Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, and Hunterdon counties.
I am not a career politician. The first time I ever ran for political office -- outside of college -- was when I ran in 2017 for the state Assembly. I left my career in business because I believed that I could do more to help our community. As a former business executive, I believe that investing in our small business community is the best way for us to help grow New Jersey. Since I joined the legislature in 2018, I have had one goal in mind: to make New Jersey easier and more affordable to live and raise a family.
Growing our small business community is paramount to helping make New Jersey more affordable. As the child of two small business owners, I know firsthand the impact it has on people’s everyday lives. It is the mom and pop shops that help drive our economy. Small businesses account for half of all the jobs currently in the state of New Jersey, and I have made it a priority to ensure those jobs are protected as well as thriving. I am proud to have several pieces of legislation providing tax relief to small business owners as well as incentivizing people to start - and keep - their businesses in our great state. If we are ever going to positively move the needle on affordability in New Jersey, we have to have a thriving economy.
In 2019, protecting our families from gun violence is, unfortunately, more important than ever. I am proud to have had legislation signed into law that changes the age of firearms purchases from 18 to 21. As part of a larger package of bills to strengthen gun violence prevention, this is just another tool in our toolbox to ensure dangerous weapons are not getting into the wrong hands.
Keeping senior citizens in New Jersey has been a top priority of mine since I joined the legislature. It means keeping the senior freeze in place and allowing residents to receive a tax credit for in-home health care aides. I fought to get senior freeze eligibility expanded for the first time in nearly a decade. I am also proud to have had my bill that doubles veterans' tax credit from $3,000 to $6,000 signed into law. All of these bills help to keep seniors in their homes without having to worry about a significant increase in their cost of living.
I strongly believe that better relationships equal better government. Communication and collaboration can only be beneficial to our legislative process. For this reason, I started the 218 club- a group of freshman legislators from both sides of the aisle that gather before every voting session in Trenton to get to know one each other and even discuss legislation. I believe these meetings are productive and have led us to work together to find common ground on key issues that affect residents’ everyday lives.
As your legislator, I have worked every day to make New Jersey an easier place to live and thrive. Whether it is growing our small business community, incentivizing our seniors and millennials to stay in New Jersey, or gun violence prevention, I have made it a priority to make New Jersey safer and more affordable for its residents. This November, I would like to ask you to vote for Roy Freiman for the New Jersey Assembly.