Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz

Munoz questions Murphy’s priorities with charity care holdout 

 TRENTON, N.J. –  Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz is worried that Governor Phil Murphy’s priorities will harm the state’s charity care recipients.  Murphy plans on delaying payments to the state’s health insurance program for low-income families because of a shortfall in the state’s general fund.

“The so-called structural budget deficit is Murphy’s own making,” said Munoz (R-Union).  “If he found enough money in the general fund to give raises to his administration and public unions, why can’t he pay for the health care of the most vulnerable New Jerseyans?”

Murphy gave about 35,000 state employees a $150 million raise in April and signed legislation boosting salaries for judges, cabinet officials, county prosecutors and top legislative aides by $15.6 million.

“Governor Murphy is making his priorities clear by carving out spending for his personal interests over the interests of doctors and patients,” continued Munoz, a member of the Assembly Budget Committee.  “This has been one of my biggest concerns during this budget process; Murphy wants to spend $2.7 billion more with new programs next year while we cannot fund our current responsibilities.”

Charity care is matched by federal funding, which doubles the loss to the industry when any cuts are proposed.

“What makes this so infuriating is that every dollar delayed for state funding is a dollar delayed in federal funding.  That is a huge blow to the budgets of our hospitals and the health care they are able to provide,” concluded Munoz.

Muñoz bill protecting minors from forced marriages receives Assembly approval

TRENTON, N.J. – Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz protecting minors from being forced into arranged marriages was advanced today by the Assembly. The bill (S427/A865) prohibits individuals under the age of 18 from marrying or entering into a civil union.

“Marriage is a loving bond between two people yet there are some families in various religious faiths making their daughters marry against their will,” said Muñoz (R-Union). “It’s harmful and a violation of their basic human rights.

“Young girls forced into arranged marriages face so many difficulties,” she continued. “They have a very hard time getting out of the marriage, they face poverty going forward and the potential for domestic violence is higher. Thankfully, New Jersey’s children are now another step closer to no longer being victims of forced or arranged marriages.”

State law permits anyone under the age of 18 to marry with consent from a parent or guardian. A Superior Court judge must also approve if the person is under 16 years of age.

Muñoz said Fraidy Reiss, director of Unchained At Last, a group that helps young women and girls escape forced marriages, reached out to her for legislation to address the issue. Reiss was forced to marry against her will by her family when she was a teenager.

Nearly 3,500 marriages involving at least one partner under 18 took place in New Jersey from 1995 to 2012, according to Reiss.

“Forced into marriage by her family, Fraidy Reiss knows firsthand how devastating such a marriage can be,” said Muñoz. “I applaud her resilience in advocating for this bill and encourage the governor to support this important legislation.”

The Assembly and Senate overwhelming approved the same bill last session, but it was vetoed by then Gov. Chris Christie.

Assembly Republicans select Bramnick, Bucco and Muñoz for top leadership positions

TRENTON, N.J. –  New Jersey Assembly Republicans unanimously voted today to retain their leadership with Jon Bramnick as minority leader, Anthony M. Bucco as conference leader and Nancy Muñoz as minority whip.

 

“While we will continue to be civil, we will do everything we can to make New Jersey more affordable for residents and defend taxpayers over the next two years,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “I am honored my colleagues have entrusted me to lead the fight against new taxes and more spending.”

 

“We need to come together on a plan to make New Jersey a better place for our taxpayers, families and seniors while standing up against bad policies that will hurt our economy and residents,” said Bucco (R-Morris).  “It takes courage and commitment to stand up for the many voices in our districts and that is exactly what we will do.”

 

“Now more than ever, our communities need us to work for everyday families,” said Muñoz (R-Union).  “We need to work for all our constituents and represent New Jersey to the best of our abilities.”

Remember to Get Out and Vote Tomorrow!

With Election Day less than 24 hours away, I would like to thank all those who helped me through this process.  After knocking on thousands of doors throughout the 21st district and hearing my constituents’ voices,  it is apparent that my constituents are unhappy with the current direction in which the state is heading.  As the licensed registered nurse in the legislature, I will continue being the voice of women and children, while fighting against polices put forward by the majority party to raise our taxes and make our beloved state unaffordable for our families.

I have lived in Summit for 28 years, raised my five children here who all attended and succeeded at the public schools, and love living here. I have worked tirelessly during my time in the legislature on sensible fiscal legislation so my family and yours can continue to live, work and raise our families in the great State of New Jersey.

Unfortunately, New Jersey is at a crossroads today.  Democrats are running nasty attack ads against me and so many others across the state to shield their own agenda of raising taxes on families who are already struggling to survive in New Jersey.  Make no mistake, I am “your” voice in the Assembly, and I will continue to stand up and fight against those who want to make New Jersey unaffordable for middle class and working families who love this state just as much as I do.

Thank you in advance for your support and God Bless You.

Nancy F. Muñoz

The Eclipse of 2017!

Assembly Republican Whip Nancy Muñoz attended the Springfield Eclipse viewing celebration at the Springfield Municipal Pool Monday afternoon.

 

 

Nurses 4 Nancy Fundraiser

Assembly Republican Whip Nancy Muñoz met with nurses across D-21 and the State at Rockin’ Joe’s in Westfield on Saturday, August 5th!  Judith Schmidt, CEO NJSNA, Varsha Singh and Suzanne Drake, volunteers extraordinaire; and Mary Ellen Levine, NJSNA were all in attendance. Assemblywoman Muñoz was delighted to have a chance to meet many members of the most respected profession!

Nurses for Nancy Will Hold a Fundraiser for Assembly Minority Whip Nancy Muñoz

August 5th, 2017 from 9 AM to 11 AM

Rockin’ Joe Coffeehouse & Bistro

20 Prospect Street, Westfield, NJ 07090

Governor signs Muñoz and Bucco bill strengthening penalties for drunk drivers who kill someone

TRENTON, N.J. – Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz and Assemblyman Anthony Bucco increasing penalties for deaths caused by drunk drivers. Ralph & David’s Law, named for two drunk driving victims, establishes a 3rd degree crime called strict liability vehicular homicide.

“The punishment will fit the crime with this new law,” said Muñoz (R-Union). “A drunk driver behind the wheel puts lives in danger. There will be a severe price to pay if they kill someone.”

The penalty for a crime of the third degree is three to five years in prison, a fine up to $15,000, or both. The law removes the presumption of non-imprisonment for first-time offenders.

“Getting a justifiable punishment for a drunk driver who takes a life has been extremely difficult,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “Thirty days for killing a little boy isn’t justice. Ralph & David’s Law addresses a serious weakness in our laws.”

David Heim was 13 years old in 2004 when he was run over and killed by a drunk driver who was sentenced to only 30 days in jail. Ralph Politi Jr. was a young businessman who was struck and fatally injured by an intoxicated driver who swerved on to the shoulder in 2012. The driver was acquitted of first-degree aggravated manslaughter and second-degree vehicular manslaughter.

Dancer-Muñoz-Bucco bill saluting the creation of the New Jersey State Police passes the Assembly

TRENTON, N.J. – A resolution (AJR-126/SJR85) commemorating the 95th anniversary of the first graduating class of New Jersey’s State Police, sponsored by Assembly Republicans Ron Dancer, Nancy F. Muñoz and Anthony M. Bucco, was advanced by the General Assembly today.

“At a time when the law enforcement community around the country is under attack, it’s especially important to take a moment to honor and commemorate New Jersey’s finest for a job well done,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “The members and staff of New Jersey’s State Police comprise one of the most prestigious law enforcement agencies in the nation and world. These exceptional men and women put their lives on the line every day to serve and protect.”

Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf, a West Point graduate, was appointed as the agency’s first superintendent on July 1, 1921. Its success is attributed to his vision for expanding the state police’s mission beyond the apprehension of criminals.

“New Jersey’s State Police have served our state and its residents with integrity and professionalism for nearly a century,” said Muñoz (R-Union). “Since that first graduating class in March 1921, our state police force has embraced then Superintendent Schwarzkopf’s vision. Today they are instrumental in preventing crimes by educating the public about ways to protect themselves and their neighborhoods. This resolution demonstrates our gratitude for all they do.”

The joint resolution commemorates the establishment and service of the New Jersey State Police and celebrates the 95th anniversary of its first graduating class.

“Guided by the rule of ‘honor, duty and fidelity,’ New Jersey’s State Police not only perform their everyday duties in our communities, but they are often called upon to support localities around the country during disaster relief efforts and civil unrest,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “They go above and beyond to safeguard our citizens here in New Jersey and beyond.”

Gov. signs Muñoz bills ensuring better delivery of healthcare

TRENTON, N.J. – Three bills sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz improving healthcare for New Jersey residents have been signed by Gov. Chris Christie.

The first bill (S2058/A671) adds two nurse educators to the state Board of Nursing, which licenses and regulates the nursing profession. The nurses must be RNs, have a least five years’ nursing experience and have taught registered nurses.

“As the delivery of healthcare continues to change, the way nursing students are educated needs to evolve as well,” said Muñoz (R-Union). “We must constantly rethink teaching methods to better prepare today’s nursing students for the increasing complexity of health care demands. Giving nurse educators a voice on the board will help us provide students with a thorough and comprehensive nursing education.”

The second measure (S2331/A3962) creates a tuition reimbursement program for psychiatrists who work in underserved areas of the state.

“The lack of access to psychiatric care in New Jersey is an alarming problem that has been going on for years and is growing worse. There aren’t enough psychiatrists to meet the demand for their services and, for individuals fortunate to get an appointment, the wait times can be one to two months or longer. That isn’t acceptable,” Muñoz said. “This measure won’t solve the crisis, but it’s a good starting point. Providing tuition reimbursement will allow us to begin to create an environment where behavioral health care providers will want to practice in our state.

New Jersey provides tuition reimbursement programs for primary care physicians and dentists to promote access to primary care services in medically underserved areas. It also administers the nursing faculty loan redemption program that was established to address the current and projected critical shortage of nurse faculty.

The third bill (S1295/A3701) ensures more stringent regulation of licensed respiratory care professionals who perform a variety of therapies and diagnostic tests to aid physicians in determining proper treatment for cardio-respiratory conditions.