Panel advances Bramnick bill creating diversion program for veterans with special circumstances
TRENTON, N.J. – Legislation (A-4362/S-307) sponsored by Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, creating a statewide veteran’s diversion program that ensures a veteran’s special circumstances are taken into account following an arrest, was approved today by the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. The vote was 5-0-1.
“Incarcerating a veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress or any mental health illness serves no purpose,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “Men and women who serve our nation with honor deserve a chance to get the help they need. This bill is a common sense alternative to the traditional criminal justice process for eligible veterans.”
Under the program, a veteran who has committed a crime or has been previously diagnosed with a service-related mental illness may be diverted away from the criminal justice system and into appropriate case management and mental health services.
Prosecutors will determine eligibility for the program by considering the relationship between the mental illness and the offense.
The bill also establishes a veterans diversion resource center in each county. The centers will provide screening, counseling and treatment to eligible service members and are required to provide law enforcement officials with status reports regarding participation and recovery progress.
Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick swore in Councilman David Karner of Far Hills on Monday, January 9th at the Far Hills Organizational Meeting.
Assemblyman Jon Bramnick joined the Governor and Senators at the State House in Trenton for the signing of the bill supporting bail reform on Monday, January 9th.
Assemblyman Jon Bramnick swore in reelected Committeewoman Mary O’Connor tonight at the Cranford Organizational meeting.
Assemblyman Republican Leader Jon Bramnick swore in Berkeley Heights Councilman Peter Bavoso at the New Years Re-organizational meeting.
Assemblyman Jon Bramnick attending the swearing in of newly elected Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith. The oath was administered by Congressman Leonard Lance and also attended by former New Jersey Governor Don DiFrancesco.
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Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick participated in a panel discussion, hosted by The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, about the business environment in New Jersey at Shackamazon County Club on Monday, November 14th.
We all remember the difficult days after Sandy. Four years ago.
Comedians Meet! Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick on the legislature floor today with comedian Joe Piscopo.
Assemblyman Jon Bramnick shaking hands with Captain Colin Scherp, Bryce Rooks, Jayson Schmitt and Justin Drews of Warren Hills Pop Warner football this past Sunday. The team wore pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Bramnick: calls on Democrats to submit funding proposal fair for all towns
Westfield, N.J. – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union) released the following statement today challenging Democrat’s to submit a proposal to make school funding more fair.
“Governor Christie and many Republicans have supported changing how we fund schools. The Democrats may disagree with us that each student should receive $6,599, but they remain silent on any change. We are all aware that lowering property taxes must start with changing the school funding formula.
I call upon my friends across the aisle to submit a proposal to make school funding more fair to all towns.”
Bramnick calls for law enforcement to focus on texting and driving offenses
Westfield, N.J. – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick called on law enforcement today to focus on texting and driving.
“Texting and driving is reaching epidemic levels and is a major cause of accidents,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “I call on law enforcement to focus on this offense to better protect the public.”
Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick attended the bill signing of S-1923, prohibiting the investment of state pension and annuity funds by the State in companies that boycott goods, products or businesses of Israel, at the State House in Trenton yesterday.
Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick at the Madison Republican Committee Meeting last week at Villa Rose Wine School in Madison, NJ.
Assembly Minor Leader Jon Bramnick attends the Assembly Republican Victory Breakfast at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton.
Assembly Minor Leader Jon Bramnick attends Career Day at New Providence Middle School with members of the New Providence Career Day Committee. See the full article from TAPinto here:
Bramnick calls for standing cybersecurity committee
TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick today called for a standing legislative committee on cybercrime and cybersecurity. The committee would focus on laws and policies aimed at protecting New Jersey’s businesses, local government and citizens.
“Computer viruses, hackers and other technology-related incidents affect our lives in ways that range from inconvenient to life-threatening,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “As our dependence on data networks increases, cybercriminals find new opportunities to exploit people. A standing committee focused on these constant changes would help the state better protect the public.”
Cyberattacks are an increasing threat in New Jersey:
– Four Atlantic City online casino gaming sites were targeted by a hacker last July, who promised further disruption unless a ransom was paid in Bitcoin.
– Hackers crippled Rutgers University computer networks at least four times in 2014 and 2015.
– Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey notified nearly 840,000 members in 2013 that their personal information may have been compromised after laptops were stolen from the company’s Newark headquarters.
– In April 2015, the international activist group Anonymous shut down several law-enforcement sites and released the names, home addresses and phone numbers of police officers after the death of a Vineland resident who died while in police custody.
The 2015 annual report by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center found that New Jersey suffered the 8th highest number of cyberattacks of any state, which accounts for the 9th largest financial loss in the country.
Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick delivering the keynote address at the Kean University symposium on ransomware and cybersecurity. Kean University STEM Building, Union, NJ.
Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick congratulates newly appointed Attorney General Chris Porrino.
“The state is extremely fortunate that the governor has selected an outstanding lawyer with extensive experience in the private and public sectors. Both sides of the political aisle respect Chris because of his integrity and humanity. Common sense and fairness are his trademarks.”
Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick honors Darrel E. Bethea for his two decades of service as the proprietor of Sweet Heaven in the New Jersey State House.
Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick tours Port Elizabeth to review Homeland Security and the importance of the Port to the New Jersey Economy.
Bramnick: Watch out for fake IRS callers
WESTFIELD, N.J. –Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick has received reports of attempted fraud by people impersonating IRS investigators. Scammers, claiming to be from the IRS, make unsolicited called demanding payment for fake tax bills to get cash, usually through a debit bard or wire transfer from their victims.
“No other scam has continued to persist as long as the IRS scam,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “Don’t be fooled. The IRS would never call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill, nor would it ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone. If you get one of these surprising phone calls, hand up and report it to authorities immediately.”
The IRS’s website suggest reporting incidents to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml or by calling 800-366-4484.
Bramnick receiving the state’s highest arts education honor, the Governor’s Award for Lifetime Contribution in Arts Education at the War Memorial Auditorium in Trenton.
Leader Bramnick to Receive NJ’s Highest Arts Education Award Today – The Governor’s Award for Lifetime Contribution in Arts Education
TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick has been selected as a recipient of the Governor’s Award for Lifetime Contribution in Arts Education for his efforts in promoting the importance of the arts in New Jersey’s school system. The award is presented by the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership.
Bramnick, R-Union, will receive the award during a 4:30 p.m. ceremony held in Patriots Theater at the Trenton War Memorial on Thursday, May 26. The event is a partnership of the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership, the Department of Education, Art Pride New Jersey Foundation, the Department of State and the N.J. State Council on the Arts.
Bramnick sponsored the law signed by Gov. Christie in January that requires school districts to weigh visual and performing arts courses equally to other subjects. The classes now receive the same level of importance in determining a student’s grade point average (GPA).
Bramnick speaking on a panel at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Atlantic City, NJ.
Bramnick with Berkeley Heights Candidates Manuel Couto and Peter Bavoso at the Berkeley Heights Republican Municipal Committee’s Meet the Candidates Social.
Bramnick speaking with News12NJ before the Assembly voting session.
Bramnick speaking to a political science class at Seton Hall University.
Bramnick speaking to the Morris County Young Republicans in Denville, NJ.
Bramnick on Fox Business News discussing N.J.’s business tax climate and billionaire David Tepper move to Florida.
Bramnick speaking to attendees at his Echo Lake fundraiser in Westfield, NJ.
Bramnick at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of GSK Consumer Healthcare’s new North America corporate headquarters in Warren, NJ.
Bramnick speaking with District 36 Republicans in Wood-Ridge, NJ.
Bramnick with Governor Christie at HelloFresh in Linden, NJ.
Bramnick with Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon at St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Red Bank, NJ.
Bramnick at Suburban Chamber of Commerce Awards in Summit, NJ.
Bramnick and Speaker Prieto at Morris County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Luncheon in Florham Park, NJ.
Bramnick speaking to the Radiological Society of NJ.
Bramnick filming Chasing News.
Honoring the Westfield Blue Devils 2015 NJ State Championship football team (North 2, Group 5).
Honoring the Cranford Cougars 2015 NJ State Championship football team (North 2, Group 3).
Speaking at the ARV Kickoff Breakfast at the NJ State Museum in Trenton.
Speaking at Assemblyman Sean Kean’s Salute the Winners Event in Spring Lake, NJ.
Assemblymen Bramnick and Caputo recognize outstanding teacher David Shallcross at Bloomfield Tech in Bloomfield, NJ.
At the General Assembly Reorganizational Ceremony at the Patriots’ Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton, NJ.
Closing day at Robert Treat in Westfield.
Testifying before the Assembly Judiciary Committee regarding redistricting plan.
Swearing in Springfield Committee member Maria Vassallo.
Congratulating Councilman Bill Lane for 15 years of outstanding service to Mountainside.
Speaking before the Cranford Township Committee at the annual Reorganization meeting.
At the Long Hill Reorganization meeting after swearing in reelected Mayor Brendan Rae and reelected Committeeman Guy Piserchia.
At the Berkeley Heights Reorganization meeting with Mayor and Council members.
Swearing in reelected Councilwoman Debra Joren in Watchung, NJ.
Speaking before the Southern New Jersey Development Council in Galloway Township, NJ.
At the Legislative Leaders Panel at the NJBIA Public Policy Forum in East Windsor, NJ.
Interview with Steve Adubato discussing issues facing New Jersey before the NJBIA Public Policy Forum in East Windsor, NJ.
Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick speaks at unveiling of Alex DeCroce Memorial Highway in Parsippany, NJ.
Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick speaks at the Veterans Day Breakfast at the Cranford VFW.
Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick talks about the upcoming Assembly elections on NJ Power & Politics.
Bramnick at the Far Hill Races.
Bramnick to Serve as Keynote Speaker at CONTACT We Care Gala
Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick will be the keynote speaker at the CONTACT We Care “40th Anniversary Call of Hope Gala” at the Gran Centurions in Clark, N.J., on Thursday, October 22. CONTACT We Care is a volunteer organization that provides a crisis hotline for people in emotional distress.
The event, titled “40th Anniversary Call of Hope Gala – Listening with Heart: Celebrating our Past, Present and Future,” begins with a 6 p.m. cocktail hour, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The program, featuring Bramnick, begins at 8 p.m. For more information, call 908-301-1899.
CONTACT We Care is an award-winning, volunteer-staffed caring and crisis hotline serving Central and Northern New Jersey. It is also a responder within New Jersey to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Staff responds to people in need via phone and texting. They handle more than 15,000 calls/texts per year. The group also offers training in mental health care and suicide prevention.
Bramnick Performs Comedy For Fundraiser
Last evening at Vinnie Brand’s Stress Factory in New Brunswick, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick performed comedy at a fundraiser for LD18 Assembly candidates Synnove Bakke and Teresa Rose Hutchison.
Bramnick opened after remarks by the candidates followed by a performance by Vinnie Brand himself.
Bramnick Stands Against Discrimination
N.J. Assembly Republicans promise aggressive challenge to Democrats in November
Matt Friedman, NJ Advance Media
June 03, 2015
TRENTON — With the primaries over and the general election season upon us, state Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick has a big challenge.
Bramnick (R-Union) wants to be Assembly speaker. That means in November — when all 80 Assembly seats at the top of the ballot — he’ll need to flip at least nine Democratic-held seats to win Republicans a majority in the lower house for the first time since Democrats took over in 2002.
He’ll have to do that in what’s expected to be a low-turnout election in a state with 700,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans. With a legislative district map that was drawn by Democrats, and with a Republican governor who will likely be mounting a GOP presidential primary bid and whose New Jersey approval rating — at least right now — is in the 30s. Not to mention Democrats’ two-to-one fundraising advantage.
But Bramnick says he’s up to the challenge.
“I’m going to be very, very aggressive as to the failures of the Democratic Legislature,” he said. “I’m going need a little help from (the media) pointing out that they’ve been in charge for 13 years. That’s the only request I make.”
DON’T MOVE. LOWER TAXES ARE ON THE WAY.
Bramnick Officially Kicks Off Campaign for Republican Majority
With over 150 local supporters this morning, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick officially launched the Assembly Republicans’ campaign for a majority in next legislature. The day began with a kick-off rally in Bergen County with Bergen GOP Chairman Robert Yudin and Republican Assembly members: David Rible, Scott Rumana, Anthony Bucco, Nancy Munoz, Caroline Casagrande, Jack Ciattarelli, Holly Schepisi, Jay Webber and Robert Auth.
“The people of New Jersey want more jobs and less taxes. Assembly Republicans are the team that can deliver. Assembly Democrats have had over a decade to provide tax relief, but the opposite happened: taxes have gone up,” said Bramnick.
The Republican members then took the kick-off to Hudson County with Hudson GOP Chairman Jose Arango. The Assembly Republicans first visited a number of Hispanic-American owned small businesses in West New York.
“In West New York we saw great community businesses that serve their close-knit neighborhood well. But we hear from them that things should be easier in New Jersey,” said Bramnick. “Making it easier for local small businesses to thrive is key to a stronger New Jersey.”
The Assembly Republicans ended the day in Jersey City with community leaders and local Republicans.
“We are taking the campaign to every corner of the state. Our message resonates with every voter in New Jersey. Republicans are the party of cutting waste, lowering taxes and creating jobs. That is what the campaign for the Assembly is about,” said Bramnick, concluding the day’s events.
Bramnick said he looks forward to traveling around the state throughout the year bringing the Assembly Republicans message of more jobs and less taxes to the people of New Jersey.