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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.”

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.”

Newly Appointed Assembly Republican Whip Nancy Muñoz participated in the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking Panel

Assemblywoman Muñoz  was asked by the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking to be part of the panel discussion following the screening of “I am Jane Doe” on Tuesday, July 18th. The NJ Coalition Against Human wants to help close the loopholes in the CDA Act of 1996 by supporting HR 1865, the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Trafficking Act of 2017”.  Call your US Senators and Congressman/woman and ask them to sign on to this important legislation!!  “Let’s do everything we can to protect people–many of them children–from sex Trafficking!” said Assemblywoman Muñoz on the issue.

Muñoz Bill to Protect Health Care Personnel Who Work With Chemo Drugs Signed By Governor


TRENTON, N.J. – Legislation Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz sponsors to protect healthcare personnel who handle hazardous chemotherapy drugs was signed today by Governor Christie.

“Cancer treatment often consists of a combination of chemo drugs, which are very potent. These powerful drugs may expose workers to a number of serious short-term and chronic effects,” said Muñoz (R-Union). “Providing potentially lifesaving medicine and comfort to cancer patients is very rewarding, but can be emotionally stressful. Health care professionals don’t need the added burden of worrying about adverse effects from the drugs they are administering. They deserve a safe work environment.”

The bill (A837/S468), the “Hazardous Drug Safe Handling Act,” requires the state Commissioner of Health, the Director of Consumer Affairs and a stakeholder group, including a NJ State Society of Physician Assistants representative to establish rules and regulations for the safe handling of chemotherapy drugs by health care personnel in a health care setting, including pharmacies, or an animal or veterinary facility. This includes physicians, physician’s assistants, nurses and pharmacists. The regulations will follow the most recent recommendations of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the CDC.

The regulations will provide guidelines on necessary precautions and controls to eliminate or minimize exposure; use of protective equipment; safe handling practices, including handling, receiving, storage, preparing, administering, waste handling, cleaning, housekeeping, labeling and signage, and spill control and response procedures. Employers will also be required to provide hazardous drugs training to all employees who have or are likely to have occupational exposure to hazardous drugs.

Hazardous drugs, including antineoplastic drugs used in chemotherapy, have been associated with a number of adverse acute and chronic effects, including skin rashes, infertility, miscarriage, birth defects, various cancers, and damage to the liver, kidneys, bone marrow, heart and lungs.

Sick-time pay is making taxpayers ill…

Star Ledger – Monday – April 3, 2017


Sick pay is for when you’re sick. If you’re not sick and you don’t use it, you lose it. This is the simple policy fix to one of New Jersey’s most maddening problems. Yet, again and again, we have failed to write it into law.

There is no justifiable reason. Sick pay is supposed to protect you from losing income when you’re ill — not amount to a kingly entitlement bonus. You don’t deserve a six-figure payout just for being healthy.

Private-sector employees don’t get that kind of perk. Yet as Colleen O’Dea of NJ Spotlight reports, public workers are still walking off the job with huge payouts of up to $500,000 for their unused sick and vacation days — adding up to a bill of nearly $2 billion, thanks to Trenton gridlock.

Gov. Chris Christie wanted a tough reform, but the Democratic Legislature said no and gave him back a weaker one — and in the end he wouldn’t sign it. Now we don’t even have a weak reform. New bills to cap these payouts haven’t even gotten ahearing.

We are witnessing a total leadership meltdown. In the meantime, the continuing dysfunctional obedience to public worker unions is really costing us big-time. Thousands of public employees are racking up benefits. When Jersey City’s police chief walks off the job, he could set a new record: 444 accrued days of sick leave and vacation that add up to a $503,533 payout — $1,134 per day.

Jersey City is the worst offender in the state; its police department alone has a bigger bill for sick-leave payouts than the entire city of Newark, the second-biggest payer.

The taxpayers are getting soaked, yet Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz (R-Union) was blocked by the Democrats last month when she led a Republican effort to push forward a bill to prevent employees from accruing any more of these payouts.

The cap the state put on in 2010 — which stopped the accumulation at $15,000 — was a good first step. But it applied only to new hires; public employees hired previously could still rack up these payouts.

We need a much stronger state solution, and local government also needs to put its foot down. Thanks to the union power that helps elect town officials, public workers are represented on both sides of the table when negotiating these benefits.

If your town gets a perk, the next town wants it, too. It has to end somewhere. Collective bargaining is badly broken in the public sector, and the taxpayers are getting burned.