Assembly Minority Leader Bramnick suggests even Democratic lawmakers will be hard pressed to back the governor’s budget plan and call for higher taxes


“Scary” and “extreme” are the words Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union) repeatedly used yesterday to describe Gov. Phil Murphy’s plan to hike taxes and increase spending. Talking to reporters, Bramnick said Murphy’s fiscal policies are putting Democratic lawmakers in a difficult spot with New Jersey’s tax-weary voters.

“It’s just a matter of time before the public goes, ‘You know something, maybe we should give a chance to the other side,’” Bramnick said, alluding to next year’s midterm election. “That’s how it works.”

It’s not surprising that Republicans like Bramnick don’t see eye to eye with Murphy when it comes to the state budget. But there’s also been an unwillingness among Democrats to accept the governor’s call for higher taxes. That’s given the GOP an opening to draw a more direct a contrast between their approach and the governor’s.

Putting the pressure on

For example, while Murphy is calling for a significant spending increase, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. (R-Union) has proposed a measure that would limit yearly state spending hikes to a modest 2 percent. Meanwhile, Bramnick is backing legislation that would force lawmakers to say whether they agree with Murphy’s call to break a bipartisan deal from just a few years ago that increased the state gas tax in exchange for a slight reduction of the sales tax. The GOP bills are unlikely to win passage in the Democratic-controlled Legislature, but they do underscore the pressure the Republicans want to put on Democratic lawmakers in the runup to the June 30 deadline for a new state budget.

“It’s hard for me to understand how the Democrats can come to terms with the extreme and scary, tax-filled agenda of the governor,” Bramnick said.

In all, Murphy’s $37.4 billion budget plan for fiscal 2019 would increase state spending by nearly 8 percent, compared with the budget for the current fiscal year, which was enacted by former Gov. Chris Christie. A major chunk of the increase would go to the grossly underfunded public-employee pension system. Other increases are planned for K-12 education, public preschool, college-tuition assistance programs, and New Jersey Transit.

Frustrated with cost of living

Speaking about Murphy’s budget proposals yesterday, Bramnick said New Jersey residents are already frustrated with the state’s high cost of living. Adding insult to injury, he suggested, was Murphy’s recent decision to ink a new deal with the union that represents the largest group of state workers — without getting any real concessions from labor leaders. That decision also came as Murphy’s budget carries on a cut in funding for the state’s popular Homestead property-tax relief program, though that’s something Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) has already promised will be reversed.

It’s the cumulative impact of Murphy’s proposals, from the tax hikes to his promise to eventually provide free community college to students across the state, that is leading many of his constituents to say they are ready to leave New Jersey, Bramnick said.

“I’m just hoping we don’t scare everybody out of this state,” he said.

While Democratic legislative leaders so far have refused to embrace Murphy’s call for higher taxes, there is a sense in Trenton that they will eventually acquiesce, at least to some degree. If they do, that will likely prompt Republicans to do everything they can to make sure voters remember who to blame in 2019.

For example, Murphy has called the slight reduction of the sales tax — from 7 percent to 6.625 percent — a “gimmick” that was designed to give the Republican Christie a political talking point. But the lower sales tax is now saving taxpayers an estimated $581 million, and the 2016 tax legislation included a “poison pill” that was designed to protect the bipartisan deal by requiring the gas-tax hike to be repealed if any of the tax cuts that went along with it are eventually reversed.

Bramnick doesn’t want this year’s possible undoing of the 2016 tax deal to get muddied up in obscure budget language, which could be used to get around the poison pill. He’s calling for there to be a separate vote held in the State House that puts every lawmaker on record, giving New Jersey voters a chance to know exactly who reneges on the bipartisan agreement.

“You can call it whatever you want, but it did lower taxes,” Bramnick said. “It may not have had a significant effect, but it was a lowering of some tax, which is never easy in this state.”

He also suggested that it’s Democratic lawmakers who have the most to lose next fall when voters will be casting their ballots in the first midterm election of Murphy’s tenure.

“We know from all the polling that the pocketbook issues are the most important,” he said.


APRIL 27, 2018

Assembly Pro Tem Green remembered by colleagues 

Assembly Pro Tem Green remembered by colleagues  We began our government service in Plainfield. Jerry was Chairman of the Democrats and I was a Republican Councilman. During our 35 years we always had a strong friendship -Jon Bramnick

Assembly Pro Tem Green remembered by colleagues

Photo Courtesy of the Union County Democratic Party
Jerry Green, who was a member of the state Assembly representing the 17th and later the 22nd Legislative Districts since 1992, died on April 18, two days after his 79th birthday.

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Jerry Green, the third-highest ranking member in the state Assembly who died April 18, was remembered by his colleagues in the state Legislature as a leader, friend and mentor. He was 79.

Green, a Democrat, served in the Assembly since 1992 and resigned in January as chairman of the Union County Democratic Committee. He left his position in the county Democratic Party to “focus his energy on recovering from an illness,” a January press release from the UCDC said.

State Sen. Nicholas Scutari — who represents the parts of parts of Middlesex, Somerset and Union counties — recalled the former assemblyman as a champion of progressive policies. Green represented the 22nd Legislative District, which includes Clark, Fanwood, Linden and Plainfield, same as Scutari.

“He was so much more than just a colleague and mentor to succeeding generations of politicians — he was a true gentleman legislator who should be remembered for championing progressive policies aimed at helping those in need,” Scutari said in an April 19 statement.

Funeral services were private, according to release from the Union County Democratic Party, but a public memorial was being planned. No details were available. Green served as a county freeholder for two non-consecutive terms. In the Assembly, he chaired the Housing and Community Development Committee and was a member of the Health and Senior Services Committee.

Legislators on both sides of the aisle, including Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, sent condolences to Green and his family.
Bramnick represents the 21st Legislative District, which includes parts of Morris, Somerset and Union counties.

“Jerry Green was a friend for 30 years,” Bramnick said in an April 19 statement. “We understood that talking to each other and treating each other with respect was very important. I will miss Jerry and thank him for his service to our state. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
LocalSource previously reported that Green had not attended any legislative or voting sessions since at least November, when he was re-elected to serve another term.

Other local lawmakers, including state Sen. Joseph Cryan and Assemblyman Jamel Holley also remembered Green. Both represent parts of Elizabeth, Hillside, Union and Roselle in the 20th Legislative District.

“Jerry Green was a champion of civil rights and was on the frontlines in our state in the fight to provide an affordable and accessible education for all of our children and to provide affordable housing for everyone,” Cryan said in a statement.

Holley, meanwhile, called the late assemblyman an inspiration in an April 19 statement. “Jerry was a hard-working man his entire life; he never retired,” Holley said. “He never stopped trying to help others get ahead. I will never forget his service to New Jersey, as he was focused on creating better policy and inspiring conversation on the issues that truly matter in our state.
“I will miss my friend, my mentor and the reason why I am committed to serving others.”


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Leader Bramnick comments on New Jersey job growth in response to the Governor’s new tax and spend plan on Comcast Newsmakers



Leader Bramnick is proud to support Youth Art Month in New Jersey.

Please visit the Union County YAM Exhibit from March 1st to March 23rd at The Plaza @ Liberty Hall Center,1085 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ

For more information click here

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick commended the Assembly’s bipartisan unity in opposing oil and gas drilling off New Jersey’s coast. The Shore-protection resolution was overwhelmingly approved with a 71-2 vote.

“This is a clear message to those who want to do offshore drilling at our New Jersey shore,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “Our voice is unified and strong. We stand together, we oppose it, it is simply wrong and as we all know the Jersey Shore is sacred ground. This is a very special place.”


This is impressive. Westfield Police Officer stops to buy Girl Scout Cookies. I was afraid it was going to be a zoning violation but it was just “good old kindness” on display


Minority Leader Jon Bramnick’s opening comments at the 218th Legislature



Today Leader Bramnick had the honor to address the opening ceremonies of the 218th legislative session

IMG_20171222_125748 Leader Bramnick discussing 2018 and New Jersey at News 12 in Edison


20171220_122619Leader Bramnick is proud to swear in Chris Salemme as a member of the New Jersey Bar. Chris will be an outstanding attorney

 Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah. Happy Hanukkah to all of New Jersey.

  Tonight Leader Bramnick had the honor of being the MC to help Daytop New Jersey, an incredible facility that provides rehab for those addicted to opioids and other drugs.


Leader Bramnick at the Cranford Food Truck Festival with Commissioner Kalnis and Rich Buontempo


 Leader Bramnick with other representatives and elected officials in Bernards to thank our veterans


 Leader Bramnick at the opening of a new section of Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside.



Leader Bramnick stands with New Jobs PAC that supports creating jobs in New Jersey. Thank you for your endorsement!

halloweenlawfirm  Super Heroes at the law office today. Happy Halloween!


The team getting ready to hit the streets for Saturday campaigning


Leader Bramnick speaking with students at Tamaques Elementary school this morning

GrtrWestfieldChmb-Logo-finalOL4c80Legislative Panel Breakfast
Jon Bramnick, Richard Codey,
Tom Kean, and Vincent Prieto

November 21 | 8:30 – 10:30 am

8:30 – 9 breakfast & networking | 9 – 10:30 program

Shackamaxon Country Club | 100 Tillinghast Turn | Scotch Plains

Join us for a panel discussion with the top legislators in New Jersey. Be prepared with questions! Our panelists will talk about the current issues our NJ legislators are working on to help businesses and residents. Time will be set aside for networking and Q & A.

Includes full buffet breakfast

$20 members; $30 general admission. Preregistration ends on 11/20 at 2 pm.
Limited seating. Additional cost at the door.

Open to the general public!

This program is sponsored by the GWACC Legislative Committee


 New medical facility in Westfield. Significant investment. Thank you Dr Carnucci

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Leader Bramnick alongside Senator Tom Kean Jr, Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz, and Lt Governor Kim Guadagno at the Cranford Street Fair



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Leader Bramnick alongside Mayor Al Morgan and Councilmembers Nadine Geoffrey, Gary Kapner, and Dr Robinson at the New Providence Street Fair


 Leader Bramnick on Chasing News to discuss legislation that helps veterans

psegnearkLeader Bramnick joined with three former Governors on the panel to discuss New Jersey politics and policy hosted by PSEG in Newark

Leader Bramnick holds Q&A, Advises Cranford, New Jersey residents against 750 Walnut



Speaking in Cranford on the need for a legislative solution to stop high density housing imposed by the Courts



Speaking tonight to the New Providence Lions Club. The Club does excellent work in the community


Congrats to the Cranford Fire Department with 125 years of service. Thank you for your service.


Thanking the volunteers in Long Hill at the Millington street fair


Campaigning in Westfield. With Senator Kean, Bramnick, and Munoz


Bramnick campaigning with friends in Berkeley Heights



Bramnick with friends in Warren on the campaign trail



 On the campaign trail in Kenilworth



Leader Bramnick will speak this Friday with the Union County Employers Legislative Committee (ELC)



Discussing issues facing New Jersey in Roselle Park


 Joining with the leadership in New Providence. Nice day with Dr Bob, Mayor Al, Gary and Nadine


 Bramnick lauds passage of Stephen Komninos’ Law

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union) released the following statement today after Gov. Christie signed the “Stephen Komninos’ Law” to strengthen protections for people with developmental disabilities. The legislation is named for the 22-year-old who died as a result of abuse and neglect in a local group home for individuals with developmental disabilities:

“No one, especially the vulnerable, should be subjected to the abusive treatment this young man endured. This law will strengthen protections for people with developmental disabilities by requiring more state oversight and transparency.”

20170928_084035 Our lawn signs for the District 21 team are in now!

Our team are out and about putting them up throughout the district.

If you would like one, please email us a send us a message on Facebook!


Bramnick Endorsed by non-partisan NEW JOBS PAC for his work to create jobs in New Jersey

WESTFIELD, N.J. – NEW JOBS PAC has announced its endorsement of Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick for reelection in the 21st legislative district.

“I am deeply honored to receive the endorsement of NEW JOBS PAC,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “Only by getting the government out of the way can we get the economy back on track and allow the private sector to create jobs.  I look forward to working with NEW JOBS in the next year to create an environment where New Jersey businesses can thrive.

The non-partisan NEW JOBS PAC, New Jersey’s largest business political action committee, promotes  a pro-business climate in New Jersey by endorsing and supporting legislative candidates who actively support economic growth, the creation of private-sector jobs, and lowering the cost of doing business.

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to a great group of students


Leader Bramnick and Lt Governor Kim Guadagno recognizing 50 years of service from a Springfield first responder

20171001_134419_1506879912347Leader Bramnick, Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, and Committeewoman Geri Ann Bujnowski at the Springfield street fair


Leader Bramnick thanks Tae Hee Han and friends for their support


Joint effort on Amazon demonstrates need for Bramnick bipartisan legislation

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick said yesterday’s announcement that Democrat and Republican leaders in the Assembly and Senate are joining together with the governor to attract Amazon to New Jersey demonstrates that when all the leaders in government work together the state benefits.

“Joint efforts on both sides of the aisle are extremely important to the success of government,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “Our united effort on Amazon is an example of government at its best. We are working together to help provide the shot in the arm our economy needs.

“That is why I previously introduced a bill requiring quarterly meetings with the four legislative leaders and the governor,” Bramnick continued. “Corporations are required to hold board of director meetings. The state should also be required to report to the people. I encourage the public to contact their representatives urging them to support the legislation.”

Bramnick’s bill (A3691) specifically calls for the Senate president and minority leader and the Assembly speaker and minority leader to meet with the governor at least once a quarter of each calendar year to discuss the state of the state, pending legislation, ideas for legislation, public policy issues, and any matter of interest to residents. Following a private session, the meeting will be open to the public where people can ask questions. The leaders will also issue a joint statement highlighting their progress.


“New Jersey is a natural fit for Amazon. We have the real-estate options and competitive incentives to build HQ2, and the talent to fill every job Amazon has to offer. This is a proposal lawmakers on both sides of the aisle can come together on, show unity and help provide the shot in the arm our economy needs.” – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick

Legislative Leaders Pledge Bipartisan Commitment to Bring Amazon’s HQ2 Corporate Headquarters to New Jersey


 Leader Bramnick has been endorsed by the professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey, which represents over 4,000 active and retired firefighters and emergency services personnel in NJ for his support of professional firefighters and their families.


Bramnick endorsed by National Federation of Independent Business for his work protecting small businesses and free enterprise

WESTFIELD, N.J. – The National Federation of Independent Business has announced its endorsement of Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick for reelection in the 21st legislative district.

“I appreciate NFIB’s support and endorsement,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “We need to get our economy back on track and the best way to do that is by getting the government out of the way so small businesses can create jobs. I look forward to working with NFIB next year to bring relief to small businesses across New Jersey and to create an environment where those businesses can thrive.”

NFIB is the nation’s leading advocate for small business owners representing nearly 7,000 members in New Jersey. The group endorses candidates based on their voting record on key small-business issues identified by its members such as health care, taxes, labor and regulatory issues.




Leader Bramnick meets with members of Bernard’s

Twp Board of Education members



 Leader Bramnick congratulates new Cranford Eagle Scouts


IMG_4730 Leader Bramnick alongside Senator Tom Kean and Councilman Jim Corcoran at Westfield’s Festifall celebrations



Leader Bramnick working alongside Springfield leadership on redevelopment issues



Assemblyman Bramnick joined with former Senator Bagger to support United Fund


Very proud to be part of the opening of the Union County Family Justice Center with Attorney General Porrino, Prosecutor Grace Park and Former Assistant Prosecutor and my daughter in law Ann Marie Bramnick



Assemblyman Bramnick at the Watchung September 11th Memorial

 Standing against the forces of evil on September 11th and remembering the victims

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 “Americans must stand together against the racists in Charlottesville,” said Leader Bramnick. “There is no place in our society for this form of hate, prejudice and intolerance and we must let them know now.”


 All Americans must speak out against these racist groups in Charlottesville. We must stand together against hate and prejudice.


Leader Bramnick joins our Atlantic County candidates


“The speaker of the General Assembly rejected my request to vote on this important issue on procedural grounds. I will continue to fight to sustain home rule on housing issues as opposed to the courts determining our housing needs.”

Bramnick seeks 60 votes for emergency action to stop court-mandated high-density housing litigation

“I am aggressively moving forward to protect towns and help mayors and councils stop court-mandated high-density housing by urging my colleagues to pass Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi’s legislative solution,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “With every passing day municipalities are incurring unrecoverable expense from these unnecessary lawsuits. This is a bi-partisan issue that has dire consequences. The legislature should take action now.”

Leader Bramnick calls upon Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto to add to our July 31st agenda court imposed housing. Let’s return decisions on housing to local communities.


IMG_20170717_074210_301 Nothing better than a race with my granddaughter and……. the winner is my granddaughter.

I came in a close 2nd

Assemblyman Bramnick supports government workers who lost pay during the 2017 NJ government shutdown

and will introduce a bill to reduce legislators salary by $1000 as a penalty


 Assemblyman Bramnick calls for emergency legislative session to oppose high density housing mandated by courts

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick is calling for the state Legislature to return back to Trenton for a special session to address affordable housing.

“Towns are fighting high density housing lawsuits because the legislature will not compromise on a plan,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “The legislature should not go to summer vacation without solving this issue.”

Bramnick calls for emergency legislative session to oppose high density housing mandated by courts

Westfield’s Odyssey of the Mind team honored by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick in the NJ Assembly



Leader Bramnick: Thank you Assemblyman Dave Rible for your service to the State of New Jersey and your friendship

Happy Independence Day!
As we celebrate, let us remember those who defend our values each and everyday around the world.

Thank you to members of our armed services and our veterans.


Assemblyman Bramnick is pleased to report that we have agreed on a compromise to open state government.

The legislature must vote on the agreement. Members are on their way to Trenton. The members will make the final decision

 NJ shutdown — Want to punish the legislature? Here’s how, Assemblyman Bramnick says:

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 Bramnick: Lawmakers should be fined for government shutdown

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick is calling for a new law that would fine state lawmakers $250 a day for failing to meet the annual budget deadline, which forces a government shutdown. He plans to draft the legislation today.

“When there is no budget and no compromise, lawmakers should pay a penalty,” said Assemblyman Bramnick (R-Union). “When residents are penalized by a government shutdown, legislators should also be penalized for failing to agree on how to meet the financial obligations of the state.”



Assemblyman Jon Bramnick and Joe Piscopo raising money for Union County College

NJ task force has to-do list for colleges on curbing sex assaults.

Thank you Anne Marie Bramnick for your work!

Click here for the full story



Leader Jon Bramnick is proud to stand with outstanding and creative students who won the international Odyssey of the Mind World competition


Bramnick standing with those who support the arts in the State Capital



Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick was very pleased to join with Speaker Prieto to denounce hate speech and violence.


Bramnick thanks volunteers at Literacy New Jersey

Prieto & Bramnick to Discuss Civility and Violence

Trenton, N.J. – Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick will hold a joint Friday news conference to discuss civility and violence.  The press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, June 16 in Room 109 of the Statehouse.


In 2005 Bramnick introduced a resolution calling for civility

Click here to read the bill.




Bramnick-Muñoz bill creating a wildlife habitat program for homeowners continues to advance

Click here for the full story




Bramnick joins Summit Republicans


Bramnick in Mountainside to share in Eagle Scout ceremony



Roselle Park Republican family BBQ

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Bramnick speaks to Girl Scouts in Westfield who have been awarded the Gold and Silver awards.


Bramnick joins legislators in Atlantic City to discuss legislative priorities at State Bar Association.

JB honoring Watchung Kids for Janets Law

Assembly Leader Jon Bramnick honored young heros Andrew Zimmer and Emma Reedman of Watchung Hills Regional HS on the Assembly Floor in Trenton today. Andrew Zimmer and Emma Reedman performed lifesaving CPR on a fellow student in an emergency.

Read the full story of their heroic save here.


JB and Scrivo

In the Governor’s Outer Office, Assemblyman Jon Bramnick thanked former Chief Council Thomas Scrivo for his service to the State on Thursday, March 16th, 2017.

JB at Somerset Convention

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick spoke at the Somerset County Republican Convention in Bridgewater, NJ on March 7th, where he received the county’s Republican endorsement.

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Assemblyman Jon Bramnick at the Summit Republican Convention this morning in Summit, NJ. Senator Kean and Assemblywomen Muñoz were also in attendance.


JB on Power and Politics

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick was on Power and Politics Thursday afternoon on March 2nd.

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Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick attended the bill signing of A-3, a bill he sponsored, this afternoon with Governor Chris Christie.

A-3 eliminates pre-authorizations for covering inpatient or outpatient substance abuse treatment for up to six months; limits initial prescriptions for opioid medications to five days, and requires doctors to discuss the dangers of opioid addiction with patients.

“No one with health insurance should be denied coverage when seeking assistance for a drug addiction,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “People reaching out for help need immediate assistance. The do not have the luxury of waiting weeks for an insurance carrier to decide if their treatment is eligible for coverage. Drug overdose deaths have risen by double digits in New Jersey. This is a serious problem that demands action now.”

JB with Garadola

Warren Mayor Garafola inducted into Elected Officials Hall of Fame

Read the Full Story Here

Bramnick honors students and first responders for saving student’s life

Student saved with defibrillator provided by Janet’s Law

WARREN TWP, N.J. –  Warren Township residents Karen and Jim Zilinski and Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick worked for six years to get lifesaving defibrillators into every school.  Janet’s Law was passed and signed by Gov. Chris Christie in 2012 in memory of the tragic loss of the Zilinski’s 11-year old daughter who collapsed at a cheerleading practice and passed-away in 2006.

At the Warren Township Board of Education meeting last night, it was revealed that another child from Janet’s school was saved by two students who performed CPR and used a defibrillator.

“We were successful and 16 lives have been saved since the law was passed,” said Bramnick (R-Union) whose 21st Legislative District includes Warren Township.  “The quick thinking of those students saved yet another life.  I want to thank the Zilinski family for their tireless efforts in passing a law that has saved lives.  I’m proud to have worked with them.”

JB at Warren Board of Ed - Janet's LawAssembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick at the Warren Board of Education

GOP Leaders Call for Action on Pressing Issues Facing New Jersey

Trenton, N.J. – Assembly GOP Leader Jon Bramnick and Assembly GOP Whip Anthony Bucco implored Democrats today to fix major issues facing the state. After having a majority in the Assembly for 15 years, the same problems – property taxes, school funding, affordable housing – have only gotten worse.

“We’ve had Watergate. We’ve had Bridgegate. Now we have Democrats who should be investigated for Do Nothing-gate,” said Bramnick (R-Union).

“The majority party has lost focus on what’s really important to New Jersey and our constituents,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “Clearly the biggest issue we face here in New Jersey is affordability.”

Watch the Press Conference Here

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.

NJ 2-1-1 can help you find solutions to personal needs by informing you of resources in your community like day care facilities, shelters, affordable housing units, social services, employment training programs, senior services, medical insurance, and more. Learn about their resource database, call center and website by going to www.nj211.org or calling / texting 211.

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.”

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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.

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Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick at the Madison Republican Committee Meeting last week at Villa Rose Wine School in Madison, NJ.

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Assembly Minor Leader Jon Bramnick attends the Assembly Republican Victory Breakfast at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton.

JB at New Providence Career Day

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.


JB at Kean about Cyber Security

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick delivering the keynote address at the Kean University symposium on ransomware and cybersecurity. Kean University STEM Building, Union, NJ.

JB with Chris Porrino

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.”

JB honoring Darrel Bethea at State House

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.

JB Port Tour

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 the Gateway Chamber’s 104th Annual Awards Dinner in Elizabeth, NJ.


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.

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Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick speaks at the Veterans Day Breakfast at the Cranford VFW.

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Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick talks about the upcoming Assembly elections on NJ Power & Politics.

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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

PolitickerNJ.com: July 17, 2015. “After Garrett Flap, GOP Leader Bramnick Donates $5K to Traier’s LD34 Campaign

In the aftermath of a news report concerning alleged homophobic comments made by U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5), Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) contributed $5,000 today to the LD34 campaign of Passaic County GOP Chairman John Traier.

Stung by the report, Traier is openly gay.

“I want to make a clear and convincing statement,” Bramnick told PolitickerNJ. “I won’t stand for any discrimination. Period. And I’m going to sponsor a fundraiser for him.”

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.”

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Bramnick Officially Kicks Off Campaign for Republican Majority

Bramnick kicks off the morning in Hackensack.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.

New Jerseyans don't have to move, lower taxes are on the way with an Assembly Republican majority. “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.

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