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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.”
According to Bramnick, if he can reach voters with his message, he should be able to win.

“The public opinion poll of the Legislature, which is run by Democrast, is low,” he said. “They surely haven’t controlled spending. They surely haven’t reduced taxes. They’ve made us one of the most expensive places to live in the country. How do you not give the Republicans an opportunity for two years to show that they could do better?”

And Bramnick says he’s not shying away from making as much use as he can of Christie, who on Monday night headlined a $5,000 per head fundraiser for the Republican Assembly PAC at Bramnick’s Westfield home.

“He stands for affordability. He stands for letting people keep their own money and limited government,” Bramnick said. “And I think most people in New Jersey know it’s too expensive to live here, the taxes are too high, and the only reason the Democrats haven’t increased taxes is he’s got a veto pen, and we’ve defended the governor and he’s got no overrides.”
While Christie will likely be busy, Bramnick said that “he’s agreed, wherever I need him, he’s there.”

Political prognosticators, however, don’t see much chance of an upset. The vast majority of legislative districts in the state are safe for one party or the other.

“Most political observers are expecting the Democrats to retain control, largely because the map of the 40 legislative districts favors the Democrats,” said Rider University political science professor Ben Dworkin. “However — and this is important &mdsah; we’ve seen moments when the legislative map is not as important. Issues arise. Leaders emerge who can galvanize voters.”
But, Dworkin added, “It doesn’t appear that there’s any issue.”

There are expected to be three particularly competitive races for six Assembly seats — four currently held by Democrats and two by Republicans.

In District 1 — which includes parts of Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland Counties — Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak (D-Cape May) is running with Democrat Bruce Land against Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi (R-Cumberland) and Republican Cumberland County Freeholder Jim Sauro.

In District 2 in Atlantic County, Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo (D-Atlantic) is running with Democratic Freeholder Colin Bell against Assemblyman Chris Brown (R-Atlantic) and Republican Freeholder Will Pauls.

A couple more districts, such as south Jersey’s District 7 and central Jersey’s Districts 11, 14 and 18 could potentially be competitive as well.

Michael Muller, who runs the Democratic Assembly reelection effort, said he’s optimistic that Democrats will not just retain their majority, but build on it.

“It’s a little bit like Groundhog Day,” Muller said, referring to Republicans’ strategies for winning back the Legislature. “In 2003, it was vote no to the Jim McGreevey Democrats. In 2007, it was vote no to the Corzine Democrats. In 2011 it was ‘let’s give Chris Christie a Republican legislature.’ It seems like Jon Bramnick is going back to an old story and hasn’t learned the lesson that these elections are determined by residents who choose local representatives.”

Despite Christie’s unpopularity, Muller said these elections turn on local issues, especially in such a low turnout year.
In 2013, when Christie was on the ballot and won a landslide reelection victory and all 120 seats in the Assembly and Senate were up as well, Republicans didn’t gain a single seat.

“I don’t think the governor plays a large role. They put the governor on network TV in 2011 to try to be the great closer in these races,” he said. “The truth of the matter is these are going to be electorate with what we would call higher information. They’re voters who participate in virtually every election. You can’t throw a fast ball by them.”
But, Muller added, “if they want to run with Chris Christie, we welcome it.”

N.J. Assembly Republicans promise aggressive challenge to Democrats in November
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State Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union) speaks at the Statehouse in 2011. (Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-Ledger)
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on June 03, 2015 at 8:15 AM, updated June 03, 2015 at 9:53 AM
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.”
MORE: Incumbents rue the day in N.J. Assembly primaries
According to Bramnick, if he can reach voters with his message, he should be able to win.
“The public opinion poll of the Legislature, which is run by Democrast, is low,” he said. “They surely haven’t controlled spending. They surely haven’t reduced taxes. They’ve made us one of the most expensive places to live in the country. How do you not give the Republicans an opportunity for two years to show that they could do better?”
And Bramnick says he’s not shying away from making as much use as he can of Christie, who on Monday night headlined a $5,000 per head fundraiser for the Republican Assembly PAC at Bramnick’s Westfield home.
“He stands for affordability. He stands for letting people keep their own money and limited government,” Bramnick said. “And I think most people in New Jersey know it’s too expensive to live here, the taxes are too high, and the only reason the Democrats haven’t increased taxes is he’s got a veto pen, and we’ve defended the governor and he’s got no overrides.”
While Christie will likely be busy, Bramnick said that “he’s agreed, wherever I need him, he’s there.”
Political prognosticators, however, don’t see much chance of an upset. The vast majority of legislative districts in the state are safe for one party or the other.
“Most political observers are expecting the Democrats to retain control, largely because the map of the 40 legislative districts favors the Democrats,” said Rider University political science professor Ben Dworkin. “However — and this is important &mdsah; we’ve seen moments when the legislative map is not as important. Issues arise. Leaders emerge who can galvanize voters.”
But, Dworkin added, “It doesn’t appear that there’s any issue.”
There are expected to be three particularly competitive races for six Assembly seats — four currently held by Democrats and two by Republicans.
In District 38 — which includes part of Bergen County and one town from Passaic County — Assemblymen Tim Eustace and Joe Lagana (both D-Bergen) face challenges from Republicans Mark DiPisa and Anthony Cappola.
In District 1 — which includes parts of Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland Counties — Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak (D-Cape May) is running with Democrat Bruce Land against Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi (R-Cumberland) and Republican Cumberland County Freeholder Jim Sauro.
In District 2 in Atlantic County, Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo (D-Atlantic) is running with Democratic Freeholder Colin Bell against Assemblyman Chris Brown (R-Atlantic) and Republican Freeholder Will Pauls.
A couple more districts, such as south Jersey’s District 7 and central Jersey’s Districts 11, 14 and 18 could potentially be competitive as well.
Michael Muller, who runs the Democratic Assembly reelection effort, said he’s optimistic that Democrats will not just retain their majority, but build on it.
“It’s a little bit like Groundhog Day,” Muller said, referring to Republicans’ strategies for winning back the Legislature. “In 2003, it was vote no to the Jim McGreevey Democrats. In 2007, it was vote no to the Corzine Democrats. In 2011 it was ‘let’s give Chris Christie a Republican legislature.’ It seems like Jon Bramnick is going back to an old story and hasn’t learned the lesson that these elections are determined by residents who choose local representatives.”
Despite Christie’s unpopularity, Muller said these elections turn on local issues, especially in such a low turnout year.
In 2013, when Christie was on the ballot and won a landslide reelection victory and all 120 seats in the Assembly and Senate were up as well, Republicans didn’t gain a single seat.
“I don’t think the governor plays a large role. They put the governor on network TV in 2011 to try to be the great closer in these races,” he said. “The truth of the matter is these are going to be electorate with what we would call higher information. They’re voters who participate in virtually every election. You can’t throw a fast ball by them.”
But, Muller added, “if they want to run with Chris Christie, we welcome it.

Republicans Blast Healthcare Disclosure Bill

By: Kevin McArdle, NJ 101.5, May 10, 2012

…Republican lawmakers are very concerned about the potential effects of the bill on patients and physicians, especially when out-of-network coverage and payment issues arise.

“This bill, which I have nicknamed the ‘Patient Collection Act,’ makes it harder for family doctors to focus on treating their patients,” says Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick. “There is a real potential for doctors and specialists to move their practice somewhere else unless these kinds of issues are resolved. A patient’s right to decide what is their best course of treatment should be based on conversations with their doctor, not on carriers who have created an unmanageable bureaucracy for both the patient and doctor.” …

Tomorrow, NJ Residents Finally Start Keeping their own Money

By: Kevin McArdle, NJ 101.5

…“It’s absolutely ridiculous that New Jersey taxpayers have to work 121 days to support government,” says Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick. “Government needs to function more efficiently and spend wisely. Workers in New Jersey have tightened their belts through these difficult times; all levels of government must do the same.”

Bramnick thinks tomorrow’s observance is a reminder that reducing the tax burden must be among the highest priorities for legislators. This year’s national date, April 17, fell four days later than in 2011, due to higher federal income and corporate tax collections.

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick to promote New Providence Small Businesses

By: Independent Press, April 17, 2012

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick will join New Providence business owners at the Prestige Diner on April 17 to help promote the shops and restaurants in downtown New Providence.

“We are very pleased that Assemblyman Bramnick is helping to promote economic development in New Providence,” said Prestige Diner owner Jimmy Vardas. “It means a great deal to us that our local representatives understand the importance of helping small businesses succeed and the positive impact that a thriving business district makes in a town like New Providence.” …

NJ Assemblyman to Bring Comedy Act to Basking Ridge this Saturday

By: Elizabeth Alterman Patch News

Apparently, Bernards Township gained more than a new state Assembly representative when the township was redistricted into Republican Jon Bramnick’s 21st district this year. We also got a stand-up comedian.

However, the “Funniest Lawyer in New Jersey,” so called in contests sponsored by the bar association at Rascals Comedy Club, will entertain audiences for charity, not votes, in the coming month.

Bramnick will share his quick wit and comic timing with attendees at the Auction for Healing the Children at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 31 at the Basking Ridge Country Club.

For more than two decades, Bramnick has left ’em laughing to benefit AIDS research, families who lost loved ones in terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, and countless other charities….

Kean, Bramnick and Munoz announce transportation grants for Union, Morris and Somerset counties

By: Suburban News

TRENTON- Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr., Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, and Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz, all R-Union, Morris and Somerset, announced today that the Department of Transportation has approved roadway preservation and pedestrian safety grants for District 21 that total $2.5 million….

“This funding will help us repair important local roads and keep pedestrians safe in our communities,” added Bramnick….

Democrats Pit Property Tax Credits vs. Christie’s Income Tax Cut

By: Mark Magyar, NJ Spotlight

March 7, 2012

“I am glad to hear that Democratic leaders have finally come around to the Republican view that New Jersey’s taxpayers need help,” Bramnick said. “For too long, Trenton has debated which tax to increase, but now it looks like we’re going to have a serious discussion about which tax to reduce. No matter the outcome, taxpayers will win that argument.”…

The Westfield Five: A course of politics, with a side of laughs

By: Sharon Waters, NJBIZ

September 26, 2011

Forget Mendham Township. The Republican epicenter in New Jersey is Westfield.
Mendham may boast the state’s top Republican in Gov. Chris Christie, but Westfield features a deeper bench of five prominent Republicans on the state and national level: Rich Bagger, Tom Kean Jr., Jon Bramnick, Bill Palatucci and Mike DuHaime.

But jammed into a booth at a favorite hangout, the Westfield Diner, the group attracts none of the attention you’d expect of Republican near-royalty sitting down to cups of coffee; only “Mr. Kean” receives hugs from the staff, and he’s the lone member to have his photo on the wall of important people.

They may talk individually each week, but it’s difficult to put the whole group together, they said; Palatucci said he and DuHaime, in particular, travel a lot.

The quintet said they have all been at each other’s houses, with Bramnick most frequently hosting. As Westfield GOP chairman, Bramnick is known for holding political fundraisers as well as an annual New Year’s Eve party from 6 to 9 p.m.

When asked, each man said he, too, was planning to stay in Westfield for the long haul; only Bramnick joked that he’d take the next redistricting under consideration. Only one now-prominent politician seems to have looked at Westfield as a short stay — Christie, who rented in town for about a year while his Mendham house was being built.

But no one at the table asked the waitress to bring a sixth chair — and while the men said the governor would be welcome to take up residence here again, no one expects the group to become the Westfield Six.

Check out the rest of the article in the
September 26th issue of NJBIZ

FEMA Issues Federal Disaster Declaration for Union County

By: Toniann Antonelli, The Cranford Patch

September 4, 2011

One week after Hurricane Irene barreled through the Northeast, FEMA has issues a Federal Disaster Declaration for Union County, Cranford Mayor Dan Aschenbach said Sunday afternoon.

On Sunday, Assembly Conference Leader Jon Bramnick learned that the federal government has expanded the federal disaster declaration to include Union County. This change makes residents and business owners eligible for individual, direct federal disaster relief assistance to cover damages caused by Hurricane Irene.

Although Union County – and Cranford, in particular – was hit hard when the weekend hurricane barreled through the Northeast, FEMA failed to issue a Federal Disaster Declaration in the days following the storm. Through the designation, municipalities such as Cranford that sustained damage by Hurricane Irene will become eligible for disaster funds including grants for those who experienced flood damage.

Bramnick Featured as Lead Story in NJBIZ: “The Business of Policy”

By: Andrew Kitchenman, NJBIZ

August 29, 2011

JON M. BRAMNICK has had two firsthand experiences with businesses: Growing up in Plainfield Bramnick said he watched his father operate a stationery store and the assembly later built his own law firm in Scotch Plains.

Bramnick said that’s given him a sympathetic view of business owners from his position as the conference leader of the Assembly Republicans – and a sense of understanding that the state must address its poor tax climate to improve its reputation among prospective business owners.

“I’m not sure business decisions are very different for me than they are for a business,” he said.

Check out the rest of the article in the
August 29th issue of NJBIZ

Knicks’ Former Guard Joins Assemblyman in Reading Project

By: John Patten, The Warren Patch

July 15, 2011

According to Trent Anderson, head of Cablevision’s programs for education division, Friday’s event was part of the company’s year-round Power to Learn program, which provides online tools for libraries and schools. The program in Warren, Reading to Achieve, is part of the company’s educational outreach efforts.

Former New York Knicks player John Starks and Assemblyman Jon Bramnick teamed up to stress the importance of summer reading, reading from the book “Calvin Coconut” by Graham Salisbury.

The hour-long event proved entertaining for the officials as well, with Bramnick joking with the youngsters and with Starks, to whom he offered his vintage Knicks necktie (video below).

Janet’s Law Backers Buoyed by Assembly Panel Reception

By: John Patten, The Warren Patch

June 16, 2011

Primary sponsor Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-Somerset, Union) said several revisions to the bill are planned, but added he thinks the measure will gain traction this session.

“I’ve been doing this a long time, and when I’m about to cry, you know you’re getting somewhere,” he told the Zilinskis and a small group of supporters after the hearing. “You saw [the Assembly members’] faces—you don’t see that.”

Also present to show support for the bill was Gail Driscoll, of the American Red Cross, which is a supporter of the bill.

The next step for the bill’s supporters is to gain additional sponsors for Janet’sLaw. Currently, nine Assembly members and four senators have signed on to sponsor Janet’s Law, but when the bill returns for a committee vote, Bramnick and other sponsors have committed to helping buttonhole other legislators to join the effort.

Legislators Hear About Tax, Regulatory Woes

By: John Celock, The Westfield Patch

January 20, 2011

Taxes and regulations topped the list of concerns small business owners conveyed to local state legislators during a forum Wednesday morning.

Kean, Munoz and Assemblyman Jon Bramnick all stressed that several of Christie’s other policies have been beneficial for small businesses. They cited a new state constitutional amendment to stop using state unemployment funds for other state fiscal needs as an example. The legislators said this law would allow for businesses to have to put less money into the unemployment fund going forward….

Attendees said they found the event to be a benefit and said they are confident the trio will work with Christie on small business issues. Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman Mitchell Beinhaker, an attorney who spoke about the need to reform foreclosure laws during the forum, said he believes that the group is looking to make changes. Beinhaker’s thoughts were echoed by others.

How’s Business? State Lawmakers Get Earful at Westfield Meet and Greet with Local Business Owners

By: Joseph Harkins, The Alternative Press

January 20, 2011

“I found this to be extremely helpful,” said Pereira, who joined other local small business owners for what was dubbed a meet-and-greet with Republican lawmakers Wednesday at the Rockn’ Joe coffeehouse and bistro, in Westfield. “And the positive attitudes of the public servants here were encouraging, too.”

Sen. Tom Kean Jr. (R-21), Rep. Jon Bramnick (R-21) and Rep. Nancy Munoz (R-21) sat on stools and fielded questions from a dining area full of small business owners about creating jobs and some of the obstacles they face in the marketplace….

The four-term assemblyman addressed specific topics from concerned business owners about processes involving workers compensation, unemployment and payroll. Bramnick then pointed out where they might find help and what legislation might be drafted to facilitate efficiency.

“I’m walking away with more information than I normally encounter,” said Bramnick. “These are complicated business issues where a person doesn’t know where to turn. And we’re saying, ‘You can call me.’ That’s not a bad start.”…

Bramnick Discusses Economy, Gov. Christie at Local Event

By: Gerard Longo, New Providence Patch

January 18, 2011

New Jersey Assemblyman Jon M. Bramnick (R-Westfield) kicked off a busy week at the New Providence Memorial Library yesterday to visit with the League of Women Voters of Berkeley Heights, New Providence, and Summit.

The Assemblyman, who serves as Conference Leader and is the second-highest ranking member of the New Jersey General Assembly’s Republican caucus, discussed items on the 2011 legislative agenda for the state of New Jersey.

Prominent on the minds of the Assemblyman and those who gathered to meet with him was the issue of what to do with a limited budget and a state economy bordering on crisis-level.

“There’s something about not having any money at all that dictates the legislative agenda,” Bramnick said. “In 2005 and 2006, you had revenues of 32 and 33 billion dollars coming into Trenton. In 2010, you had 27 billion dollars in revenue. That’s bad, but it’s worse when everything was predicated… on rising revenue, including pension, health benefits, and salaries.”…

NJ Assemblyman Renews Call for Civility, Respect

By: Megan DeMarco, The Star-Ledger

January 18, 2011

…“If the discussion is at a higher level, I think people will follow that,” said Bramnick, who sponsored the resolution along with Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen).

Bramnick was inspired to renew the call for civility after watching former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush deliver a speech, following the fatal shooting spree on Jan. 8, denouncing the hostile political tone in the United States.

“This may be an opportunity to start that conversation,” Bramnick said.

District 21 Lawmakers to Host Talk with Business Owners at Rockin’ Joes in Westfield

By: Staff Report, Courier News

January 14, 2011

Sen. Tom Kean and Assembly members Jon Bramnick and Nancy Munoz, all R-Dist. 21, are inviting owners to bring their concerns to the meeting from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Rockin’ Joes. Topics to be addressed include economic growth, job creation, bureaucratic red tape and state government mandates.

Gov. Christie Says No Surprises Planned for State of the State

By: Statehouse Bureau, The Star-Ledger

January 9, 2011

…Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-Union) said that with government in crisis, Christie is smart to stay the course. “The main problem with state government is we’re out of money,” he said. “If he doesn’t push along these lines, the state won’t survive the economic crisis.”

Legislators Plan January Coffee Talk

By: John Celock, Westfield Patch

December 9, 2011

Residents looking to have coffee and a chat with their state legislators can pencil in the morning of Jan. 19, 2011. Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr., Assemblyman Jon Bramnick and Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz will be hosting a open coffee chat at Rockn’ Joes on Prospect Street in Westfield that morning starting at 8:30 a.m. The format of the program will be open ended for residents to ask questions of the legislators….

Assemblyman Bramnick on “Meet the Leaders”

Westfield Historical Society First Wednesday Luncheon- Dec. 1

November 23, 2010

The Alternative Press

“Interpersonal Skills, Past, Present, and Future” will be the topic of Assemblyman Jon M. Bramnick at the First Wednesday Luncheon of the Westfield Historical Society. “Politicians constantly interact with people and have developed a unique interpersonal skill set”, says Asm. Bramnick. He has spent years recording the dos and don’ts of interpersonal communications and will look at how interactions have changed and can be improved. Asm. Bramnick’s engaging and frequently humorous delivery is sure to enlighten and entertain.

The Luncheon will be held at noon, Wednesday, December 1, at the Echo Lake Country Club, 515 Springfield Avenue, Westfield.

NJ Assembly Republicans Pushing Dems to Move Tool-kit Legislation

November 8, 2010

By: Chris Megerian, The Bergen Record

…Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-Union) said voters will throw out Democratic lawmakers if more property tax bills aren’t passed.

“The Democrats are going to be responsible for these new higher taxes,” he said “Next November, I guarantee you voters of this state are going to step up and they’re going to change this Legislature if this Legislature led by the Democrats don’t change the direction of this state.”…

NJ Assembly Not Closer to “Toolkit” Bill

November 8, 2010

By: Michael Symons, Asbury Park Press

…”The Democratic majority controls the wheels of this process. And they are in stall mode,” said Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, R-Union, Republican conference leader. “This is the fourth period of the basketball game, and they’re freezing the ball.”…

DeCroce and Bramnick Call for Action on Property Tax Reform “Toolkit”

November 5, 2010

PRESS RELEASE

…“Another committee hearing session is scheduled for Monday and not one property tax reform bill mayors and other local officials will need to keep their budgets within the new 2.0 cap law that takes effect in 56 days has been posted for a hearing and vote,” said Bramnick, R-Union, Essex, Morris and Somerset. “For months, Assembly Republicans have expressed our willingness to have open and meaningful discussion on the Tool Kit package, but Democrat leaders continue to turn a deaf ear. The clock is ticking. Without these necessary reforms, local officials will be forced to significantly cut services and personnel.”

“Assembly Democrats have delayed and mismanaged the Tool Kit reforms to the point where they will have to be crammed into our last two scheduled voting sessions this year. If that even happens it is likely that taxpayers and local officials will only see watered down legislation offered by Democrats that doesn’t deliver the substantive reforms needed in order stay within the new 2.0 Cap law,” stated DeCroce. “At this point, I seriously doubt the Democrats want to change the system. Their goal is to maintain the status quo.”…

Three Westfielders Mentioned as Menendez Challengers

November 5, 2010

By: John Celock, Westfield Patch

Three Westfield Republicans are considered potential U.S. Senate candidates in 2012 against U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-Hoboken), according to a report in PolitickerNJ.

The political news website lists gubernatorial chief of staff Rich Bagger, Assemblyman Jon Bramnick and Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. as potential nominees against Menendez. Bagger is a former Westfield mayor and Kean unsuccessfully challenged Menedez in 2006.

Crisis Hotline to Celebrate 35 Years

November 4, 2010

By: Joseph Harkins, The Alternative Press

Grammy Award-nominated Judy Collins and Nobel Laureate John Nash and his wife, Alicia, as well as Sylvia Axelrod, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New Jersey, and James Lape, senior vice president at Trinitas Regional Medical Center, will be honored.

Lori Stokes, the Emmy Award-winning television reporter and anchor of ABC’s “Eyewitness News this Morning” and “Eyewitness News at Noon” will serve as mistress of ceremonies. Rep. Jon Bramnick (R-21) will conduct the evening’s Live Auction.

Gala festivities will include a cocktail reception, live entertainment, live and silent auctions, celebration dinner and an honors ceremony. Tickets are $150 and $250 at www.contactwecare.org…

Westfield Community Center Celebrates 75 Years

October 26, 2010

By: Vadim Rud, Westfield Patch

Serving as a beacon to residents for three quarters of a century from it’s West Broad Street headquarters, the Westfield Community Center’s volunteers and leaders took time Friday evening to celebrate the group’s work.

Convening in a gala celebration at the Westwood in Garwood, agency volunteers celebrated and talked about the future. Mayor Andy Skibitsky, U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon County) and Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) spoke about the group’s importance to the community and Bramnick conducted the evening’s charity auction…

Armory Cell tower Decision Not Likely for Six Months

October 13, 2010

By: John Celock, Westfield Patch

…Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. (R-Westfield) and Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield), both cell tower opponents attended the meeting to brief residents and Council members on current state action. They said the proposal is currently before the historic preservation division of the state Department of Environmental Protection for review, a process which will likely take six months. They said the decision will likely go before the Statehouse Commission, a state panel that governs policies and programs on state buildings and grounds. Both Bramnick and Kean serve as members of the Statehouse Commission.

Kean said he has been aggressively lobbying state Adjutant General Glenn Rieth, who runs the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs which owns the Armory, to block the tower. One of Kean’s calls to Rieth came while the state’s top military official was visiting troops in Bosnia.

“We will take whatever steps we have to stop the cell tower,” Bramnick said…

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NJ Republicans Push Repeal of Car Decal Requirement

Thursday, May 13, 2010

By: Phil Gregory, WHYY News

Some Republican lawmakers in New Jersey are sponsoring a measure that would get rid of the new decal requirement for teen drivers…Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-Chatham Township) says the decal concept has provoked the wrath of the people.

“I think the criticisms raised are legitimate,” says Bramnick, “and they are that it identifies younger drivers and arguably could make them a target. It could be anyone who would be targeting someone young. It doesn’t have to be a sexual predator. It could be some other sort of predator.”

Bramnick says the decal requirement has little public support and needs to be repealed.

Cutbacks: Governor Stresses Caps; Critics Fear Loss

May 11, 2010

By: Minhaj Hassan, The Daily Record

…Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, R-Morris, called the Democrats’ tax plan “old medicine that has failed.”

“Gov. Christie astutely said, ‘If you tax them, they will leave,”‘ Bramnick said. “Gov. Christie is right and history proves him so. Our efforts should be focused on creating jobs and bringing business back to New Jersey through lowered costs and less regulation.”

Politician-Comedians Cook Up Jokes in Benefit of New Brunswick Food Pantry

Thursday, March 11, 2010

By: Jared Kaltwasser, The Home News Tribune

Democratic activist and comedian Joey Novick and Republican state Assemblyman Jon Bramnick will headline a benefit comedy show for Elijah’s Promise at 7 p.m. March 18 at the Crossroads Theatre…

Doors will open at 6:15 p.m., with refreshments available. The show itself starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available. For more information, call (732)545-9002 or visit www.elijahspromise.net

Garden State Coalition of Schools Asks What’s Ahead for Public Education in New Jersey

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

By: The Alternative Press

…Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-21) said that it is critical to look at the schools, boards of education and districts individually. “We can’t solve problems with broad-based law,” he said. Bramnick stated that people should “expect major change in the new Administration” and said that since the Administration’s election, “truth is coming to the surface in Trenton.”

N.J. Gov Christie Turns ‘Tough Guy’ On Budget Woes

Thursday, February 18, 2010

By: Jon Hurdle, Reuters

Jon Bramnick, a Republican Assemblyman, defended the speed of Christie’s actions and his use of executive orders.

“We have no choice,” Bramnick said. “There isn’t a lot of room for discussion. Harsh action is necessary.”

Christie: Will Need Dem’s Approval for Budget Fixes

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

By: Jonathan Tamari and Adrienne Lu, The Philadelphia Inquirer

…Republicans said Christie had made difficult, but necessary choices. “The governor recognizes the pain this is causing, but taxpayers can no longer accept the status quo,” said Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R., Union). “The public wants answers not political posturing.”

Bramnick’s Office in Westfield Sponsoring Food Drive

Thursday, February 11, 2010

By: Suburban News

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick is again sponsoring a food drive at his legislative office to benefit local food pantries. Donations of non-perishable food stuffs, such as cereals and canned goods, can be dropped off at the District 21 office at 251 North Ave. in Westfield….

Donations will be accepted through March 22 at the office, which is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 908-232-2073 or email asmbramnick@njleg.org.

Assemblyman Does Standup Comedy

Thursday, February 11, 2010

By: The Item of Millburn

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick will perform comedy on Feb. 18 in Roselle Park and on March 18 in New Brunswick. The assemblyman will do stand-up comedy to benefit Elijah’s Promise on March 18 at the Crossroads Theater in New Brunswick. The show starts at 7 p.m. Elijah’s Promise runs a soup kitchen that serves meals to thousands of needy people.

Bramnick, who is also the Conference Leader, will be the comic auctioneer at the Lincoln Day Buffet Dinner to benefit the Union County Republican Committee on Feb. 18. The event will be held at Solar do Minho at 147 W. Westfield Ave. in Roselle Park, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Bramnick was named the Funniest Lawyer in New Jersey three times in a row after winning contests sponsored by the New Jersey and Essex County bar associations. He often volunteers his services as a comedic auctioneer to help organizations throughout the state.

Bramnick Statement on Christie Budget Remedies

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Press Release

Assembly Republican Conference Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union, Essex, Morris and Somerset, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Christie’s plan for closing the state’s $2.2 billion shortfall in the current budget:

“The governor prescribed tough, but necessary medicine to fix our current budget crisis. Everyone agrees the solutions are painful, but it is time to recognize the old ways of operating the state have failed. Our dire financial condition requires making difficult decisions and today’s actions by the governor show he is ready to move New Jersey forward…

Gov. Christie Suspends COAH Task Force to Examine Statewide Planning

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Press Release

…In the five-page order, the governor said the procedures established by COAH have proven to be “excessively complex and unworkable.” Christie said “new thinking on statewide planning is necessary due to the failure of COAH to ensure that all constitutional obligations with respect to the provisions of affordable housing are satisfied in a manner that is both fair and reasonable to the already burdened municipalities of our state.”

NJ Residents Sound Off to Lawmakers

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

By: Chris Megerian and Lisa Fleisher, The Bergen Record

In a rare session similar to a town hall meeting, Assembly leaders commandeered three rooms in Trenton’s State House and gave more than 100 people a chance to complain, advocate – and offer solutions….

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, R-Union, said the hearing may help pierce the “warm and cozy and insider feeling” that helps insulate lawmakers from the public.

“What is so dangerous about allowing the public in the State House?” he said. “To me, it’s a no-brainer.”

N.J.’s Local Finance Board Awards $121 Million in State Aid to Five Cities: Republicans Critical of Action

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

By: Tom Hester, NewJerseyNewsroom.Com

The state Local Finance Board Wednesday awarded $121.55 million in special municipal aid to five financially struggling city governments…Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce (R-Morris and Republican Conference Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union) sharply criticized the Local Finance Board’s action…

“I don’t see how the Local Finance Board could even consider allocating these funds when the state faces such a dire fiscal situation,” Bramnick said. “There are also too many questionable practices taking place in awarding and monitoring these funds. The State Comptroller should be auditing this program.

“The current administration has had ample time to put in the necessary safeguards to ensure the integrity of the program, but many questions remain unanswered. Why do the same cities continue to receive the lion’s share of assistance while many are left out in the cold? It is time for the cloak and dagger approach used in disbursing these funds to end.”

Bramnick Pedestrian Safety Bill Passes Legislature

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

By: Suburban News

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-Essex, Morris, Somerset, Union) was successful in passing a new pedestrian safety law after several years promoting the legislation.

“Prior law only required cars to yield when a pedestrian was crossing the street, which caused cars to rush through intersections,” said Bramnick, the new Republican Conference Leader.

Under the Bramnick law, motor vehicles will be required to stop as soon as a person enters a crosswalk. The law arose from traffic deaths in downtown Westfield and throughout the State.

N.J. Political Leaders Pledge to Play Nice

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

By: Susan Livio, The Star-Ledger

Incoming Assembly Speaker Shelia Oliver today pledged to end the “adversarial partisanship” that has blocked attempts to address the state’s problems, and promised to make reducing property taxes and creating jobs her “singular focus.”

Flanked by incoming Majoirty Leader Joseph Cryan (D-Union), Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce (R-Morris) and Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-Union), Oliver said a united Legislature would “challenge the status quo” and enact laws to make the state more affordable and government more accessible…

NJ Assembly Passes Bills Aimed At Curbing Recidivism

Monday, January 11, 2010

By: Chris Megerian, The Star-Ledger

The legislation…would allow ex-offenders to receive welfare benefits and require most inmates to receive job training and high school educations while behind bars…

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-Union) was one of the opponents.

“While there may be some parts of the legislation that make sense from a public policy perspective, the costs related to these measures are something New Jersey simply cannot afford,” he said.

The Hampshire Companies Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony at the Madison Professional Center

Thursday January 7, 2010

By: The Alternative Press

…Assemblyman Bramnick told The Alternative Press, “We are very very very pleased that new construction is occurring. Madison is a really special place with an interesting and unique downtown. The Madison government encourages and supports business.”

Assembly GOP Law and Public Safety Members Praise Gov.-elect Christie’s Attorney General Choice

Tuesday December 15, 2009

Press Release

“From corporate law, to corruption fighting in the U.S. Attorney’s office, to leading the state’s most active prosecutor’s office, Prosecutor Dow has the necessary experience to lead our efforts against corruption and gangs to make New Jersey a safer state for all residents,” Bramnick said.

Jersey Democrats and Republicans Forced Together- A Blessing or a Curse?

Monday December 14, 2009

By: David Matthau, Millennium News, NJ101.5

…Assembly minority whip Jon Bramnick says “this compromise system actually creates better legislation…The crisis is so significant in this state that legislators realize that if you’re playing politics now, you’re playing it at your peril.”

Assemblyman Bramnick on My9 News Sunday 11/8/09

Editorial: Bramnick, Munoz Our Choices in 21st District

Monday October 26, 2009

Editorial in the Courier News

…Bramnick isn’t an incumbent to kick to the curb. He’s one to keep as a potential Republican leader if the GOP ever regains a Trenton foothold. He receives our endorsement, along with running mate Nancy Munoz…

More than most of his colleagues, Bramnick exhibits a necessary disdain for the closed culture and lack of perspective from Trenton lawmakers. One of his pet initiatives–which has unsurprisingly gone nowhere- is to open up legislative sessions to public comment. It would frankly be refreshing to see Bramnick in a position of some influence in the Statehouse.

Editorial: Vote for Bramnick and Munoz in 21st District Assembly Race

Friday October 23, 2009

Editorial in The Echoes-Sentinel, Madison Eagle, and Observer-Tribune

In the race for General Assembly in the 21st Legislative District, we say vote for the incumbent Republicans, Minority Whip Jon Bramnick of Westfield and Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz of Summit…Bramnick, running for his fourth term in the Assembly, seems poised to use his seniority to exert more influence in Trenton, yet he remains one of the most sought-after state-elected guests for appearances at local government and community functions…

Committee Convenes Public Hearing on Government Waste

Monday October 19, 2009

By: Kevin McArdle, NJ101.5

The Policy Committee chaired by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick is convening a public hearing in the Statehouse in Trenton today to examine waste in New Jersey government and rising property taxes. “This is the first time we’ve opened up the State House to allow real people to talk about real things that they see so we can start to address the outrageous waste that clearly exists,” says Bramnick…

Assemblyman Bramnick Receives Honor as “Friend of the Y” from State YMCA

Thursday October 15, 2009

By: Suburban News

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick was honored as a “Friend of the Y” by the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance at its annual dinner last week…Officials said Assemblyman Bramnick received a special tribute this year for his work as an advocate for New Jersey children and families…

Bramnick: “Here We Go Again…” Playground Equipment Vendors Shut Out of Bidding Process

Thursday October 8, 2009

Press Release

Assembly Republican Whip Jon Bramnick questioned state Treasury officials today on why New Jersey vendors of playground equipment are not being given an opportunity to bid on a new state contract. A coalition of 32 vendors brought its concerns to Assemblyman Bramnick…

Truth is Tough for Corruption Busters

Thursday September 17, 2009

By: Kevin McArdle, Millennium Radio News, NJ101.5

Yesterday, the Assembly Republican Policy Committee convened its second public hearing on corruption in New Jersey. One key component according to one witness is that it is very difficult to know where a person should go to report suspected corruption when they think they see it…

N.J. Assemblyman Questions State Bidding Process, Says State Business Locked Out

Wednesday September 16, 2009

By: The Star-Ledger

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick will join small business owners and the Chathams School District superintendent at a news conference at the Statehouse today to question why New Jersey small businesses were not given an opportunity to bid on a multi-million dollar office supply contract the state recently awarded…

“It makes no sense that New Jersey businesses were not given a chance to bid on a New Jersey contract,” said Bramnick…

Residents Should Profit From Exposing Public Fraud, Republican Panel Told

Wednesday September 16, 2009

By: Andrew Kitchenman, NJBIZ

New Jersey should have a law allowing residents to recover damages from fraud that they uncover, a retired resident from the Basking Ridge section of Bernards told an Assembly Republican committee that on Wednesday held its second hearing on corruption…

Bill to Allow Public Comment Meets Resistance in Trenton

Monday September 14, 2009

By: The Star-Ledger

You can talk to your school trustees, town council members and freeholders at public meetings–so why not to lawmakers in Trenton?

Jon Bramnick (R-Union) wants to allow a chunk of time to any New Jerseyan with something to say–right on the floor of the Senate and Assembly…

Assemblyman Bramnick to Hold Second Hearing on Impact of NJ Corruption

Thursday September 10, 2009

By: The Westfield Leader

The Assembly Republican Policy Committee’s second hearing on corruption is scheduled for Wednesday, September 16. As chairman of the committee, Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (LD-21) is inviting the public to present testimony. The hearings will examine the economic impact of corruption on New Jersey taxpayers and listen to real people about solutions to this problem…

GOP Assemblyman Says new NJ Office Supplies Contract Locks Out State Vendors

Friday August 21, 2009

By: Trish Graber, The Star-Ledger

…Assemblyman Jon Bramnick today questioned whether the state would, in fact, achieve premium cost savings under the deal…”We don’t know if it’s the most cost effective unless these…firms have a chance to bid,” said Bramnick (R-Somerset).

Dealing With Corruption in New Jersey Discussed

Thursday August 20, 2009

By: Horace Corbin, The Westfield Leader

…Mr. Bramnick said the Assembly Republican Policy Committee is holding hearings in Trenton because the “archaic rules of the Legislature do not permit public input or debate on broad issues facing the government.” Even on the floor of the Assembly, a legislator can only discuss the specific bill being presented.

“So, the very strong interest of the legislature is not to have broad, public discussion- we never even had a debate on property taxes,” said Mr. Bramnick. He said these hearings would provide an open discussion on corruption with public input, which has never occurred…

Corruption Hearings Won’t Get Notice They Deserve

Wednesday August 19, 2009

Home News Tribune Editorial

New Jersey lawmakers have begun a series of much-needed hearings on political corruption and how to combat it. If you haven’t heard, however, don’t be surprised. Because it’s a Republicans-only effort being led by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, R-Westfield, and the Republican Policy Committee. That’s because Democrats want no part of it. They are, after all, the party in control at the moment, and thus better able to exploit the powers of corruption…

GOP Holds Forum on Corruption

Tuesday August 18, 2009

By: Trish Graber, The Star-Ledger

When Assembly Republicans yesterday asked a dozen witnesses at a forum to tell them how to rid New Jersey of public corruption, they came up with lots of ideas that have been advanced before–and an offbeat one: How about giving polygraph tests to elected officials?

…Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-Union), who chaired it, said he believes a stronger message needs to come out of the Statehouse that public corruption will not be tolerated…

Assembly Republican Policy Committee Hearing on Corruption Yields Varied Solutions

Monday August 17, 2009

Press Release

While witnesses at today’s public hearing on corruption, sponsored and facilitated by the Assembly Republican Policy Committee, offered many and varied solutions to battling the state’s culture of corruption, Committee Chair Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, said first and foremost, the message must come from the State House that “clearly and unequivocally corruption will not be tolerated in New Jersey…”

N.J. Assembly Republican Committee to Hold hearings on Public Corruption

Wednesday August 12, 2009

By: The Star Ledger

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, chairman of the Assembly Republican Policy Committee, will convene hearings throughout the state to examine public corruption and explore ways to stamp it out. The first hearing will be held Monday at the State House…

Bramnick Says Town Audit Legislation Is Already Introduced- But Like Many Ethics Reforms is Still Waiting for Action

Monday August 3, 2009

Press Release

“The legislation introduced at the beginning of the current session that would give the state Auditor an opportunity to thoroughly examine the operation of any entity that receives state funding has, like so many reform measures sponsored by Republicans, been stymied in the legislature,” said Bramnick, R-Union, Essex, Morris, and Somerset. “This bill would provide for a thorough unannounced examination of a town’s operation. This process goes beyond a financial audit as a performance inspection would assess the efficiency, effectiveness, and economy of the unit under review.”

New Watchung Police Officers Hired, and Veteran Promoted to Sergeant

Friday July 24, 2009

By: The Echoes-Sentinel

Assembly Minority Whip Jon Branmick, R-Somerset, swore in the newest member of the Watchung Police Department and witnessed the swearing in of its newest sergeant at last Thursday’s Borough Council meeting…


Bramnick Says Economic Stimulus Legislation Has Multiple “Single” Objectives

Wednesday July 22, 2009

Press Release

Assembly Republican Whip Jon Bramnick said the economic stimulus bill passed by the legislature last month and awaiting Governor Jon Corzine’s signature represents a hodge podge of legislation, with several areas unlikely to pass on their own merit. Bramnick believes there is a legitimate question at to whether the omnibus bill meets the “single object” rule required by the state constitution.

“The legality of this legislation, which has numerous components that are camouflaged as part of an economic stimulus bill, is certainly debatable,” said Bramnick…

GOP Rips Plan for Increasing Taxes

Tuesday, July 2, 2009

By: The Westfield Leader

…Assembly Republican Whip Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) said the spending plan “layers on more and more tax increases, and is choking the working class families as they struggle in these already difficult economic times.”

Bramnick and the moderate LG Option

Tuesday June 30, 2009

By: Max Pizarro, Politickernj.com

…A moderate Republican and staunch longtime ally of Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr., (R-Westfield), who became whip two years ago, built some statewide campaign cred in the 2007 cycle and generated buzz as a possible 2008 candidate for U.S. Congress in the 7th Congressional District before electing not to run, Bramnick last year also founded the progressive policy committee as a way to focus Assembly Republicans on environmental, women’s and other issues…

Bramnick Votes “NO” On Budget

Thursday June 25, 2009

Press Release

Assembly Republican Whip Jon Bramnick, R-Union, Essex, Somerset, and Morris opposed the state budget in his remarks on the floor of the Legislature. Bramnick said,

“I will vote ‘no’ today because this budget layers on more and more tax increases, and is choking the working class families as they struggle in these already difficult economic times. The new hikes include tax increases on cigarettes, liquor, rental cars, wines and even NJ Lottery winnings over $10,000. We’re actually taxing people who get lucky in this state. We’re off the charts now.” Bramnick said.

N.J. gas station dealers fight for — and win — right to buy their franchises

Wednesday June 17, 2009

By: Leslie Kwoh, The Star Ledger

…”It was only fair that someone who put all their life and money and time in their business should have the opportunity to purchase the business,” Bramnick said. “Why not give the little guy the right to buy it? Why not give him the same right as the big guy?”

The bill passed in the Senate unanimously, and then again in the Assembly last month by a 70-3-3 vote…

N.J. Assembly members want Pension & Health Benefits Review Commission to consider dual office holding ban

Tuesday June 9, 2009

By: The Star Ledger News Desk

TRENTON: Assembly Republican Whip Jon Bramnick and Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini believe that the Pension and Health Benefits Review Commission (PHBRC) should rethink its decision not to consider their legislation that would ban dual office holding for current members of the Legislature.The commission, which is scheduled to meet June 19, removed the bill from its agenda Monday stating that the measure had been decertified for review by the PHBRC.

“I believe that there is strong public support for ending dual office holding by sitting members of the Legislature,” Bramnick said…

Bramnick and Kean Mentioned for Lt. Governor

Thursday June 4, 2009

By: John Celock, The Westfield Patch

Chris Christie’s nomination as the Republican candidate for governor, has spurred intense speculation on his pick for lieutenant governor, which has pushed two Westfield residents to the possibility of joining the statewide ticket.

Media speculation for weeks has placed Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. and Assemblyman Jon Bramnick as potential running mates for the former U.S. attorney. Kean’s name was again mentioned earlier this week as a potential running mate….

Christie Wins GOP Primary; Bramnick, Munoz Win

Thursday June 4, 2009

By: Lauren S. Barry, Paul Peyton, John Maguire & Raynor Denitzio, The Westfield Leader

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, 9,055, told supporters outside 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro in Westfield that he predicted “a very large and landslidy victory” for he and his running-mate, Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz, 8,554, over GOP challenger Bruce Meringolo of Long Hill, who received 2,546 votes. Long Hill Mayor George Vitureira, who dropped out of the race, received 1,750 tallies.

Mr. Bramnick, seeking a fourth term in the General Assembly, said he hoped that “we will continue to provide to you that same attention, representation that we’ve had in the past.”

A Roundup of Races for Legislature

Wednesday June 3, 2009

By: Rudy Larini, The Star Ledger

…In Union Countys 21st District, Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz won the seat to which she was appointed by the county GOP following the death two months ago of her husband, Eric Munoz, a trauma surgeon and professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Munoz and Assemblyman Jon Bramnick defeated two GOP challengers, Long Hill Mayor George Vitueira and Bruce Meringolo, a Long Hill school board member. They will be heavily favored in their race against Democrats Bruce Bergen of Springfield and Norman Albert of Cranford in November.
Bramnick Endorsed by the Echoes-Sentinel

Thursday May 21, 2009

By: The Echoes-Sentinel (EDITORIAL)

…We have always been impressed with Bramnick, who has served in the Assembly since 2003. He is respected by his peers in the Assembly, earning the position of Minority Whip with widespread speculation that he would fill the powerful role of Speaker if his party ever regained control of the state Assembly.

He serves as a member of the Consumer Affairs Committee, the Law and Public Safety Committee and the Legislative Services Commission.

Bramnick has been a very visible Assemblyman in this area, not the least of which may be attributable to his talents as a speaker – and as a stand-up comedian. He has four times been voted the Funniest Lawyer in New Jersey.

He is an accessible politician, very down to earth, and, refreshingly, doesn’t take himself too seriously.

– The Echoes-Sentinel Editorial Board, 5/21/09

Bramnick Repeats Call for Performance Audits

Friday May 15, 2009

Press Release

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick today renewed his call for performance audits of government spending, contending the state’s dire financial situation demands action.

Faced with a possible deficit of $1.2 billion in this year’s state budget, Bramnick said “now more than ever performance audits are necessary, if New Jersey wants to regain its solid financial footing.”

Bramnick, who is the Republican Whip, pushed for audits this year, introducing legislation that would have created local audit teams in the Department of Treasury and allowed legislators to request performance audits...


Assemblyman Jon Bramnick Honored by the Arc of Union County

Thursday April 14, 2009

By: The Alternative Press

The Arc of Union County named Assemblyman Jon Bramnick as honorary chairman of its 45th Annual Candlelight Ball at L’Affaire Fine Dining in Mountainside on March 28. The annual ball was attended by more than 300 guests.

All proceeds from the event are being used to benefit children and adults with developmental disabilities who participate in Arc programs throughout Union County…


Assemblyman Jon Bramnick to address senior citizens

Wednesday April 8, 2009

By: Suburban News

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick is scheduled to speak to senior citizens at the Westfield Community Center on April 16. His presentation, entitled “The Lighter Side of Trenton,” will educate seniors on what is going on in Trenton, as the State deals with the current economic crisis…



Give Public Access to Statehouse Floor

Sunday February 15, 2009

By: Bob Ingle

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, R-Union, is catching flak from fellow lawmakers because he had the audacity to think regular folks should have an opportunity to talk to legislators from the floor of the Legislature….

– Gannet News, 2/15/2009


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