Volume 7/Issue 2

  • Assemblyman Troy Singleton Announces Run for State Senate
  • Ignition Interlocks Bill to Stop Drunk Drivers Clears Second Committee
  • Solar Milestone Reached in NJ
  • Governor Christie to Deliver Budget Address on February 28
  • Governor Christie's Poll Numbers Hit Historic Low

Assemblyman Troy Singleton Announces Run for State Senate

Assemblyman Troy Singleton announced last week that he would seek the open senate seat in the Seventh Legislative District, which is being vacated by longtime GOP Senator Diane Allen. The district is primarily comprised of municipalities along the Delaware River in Burlington County. 

The Assemblyman’s campaign immediately gained the important backing of U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross and State Senate President Steve Sweeney. 

Troy has been an excellent legislator and a good friend and will be a great Senator!

Ignition Interlocks Bill to Stop Drunk Drivers Clears Second Committee

The Assembly Appropriations Committee passed an all offender ignition interlock device (IID) bill on DUI offenders last week by a 10-0 vote. 

The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Assemblymen Joe Lagana (D-Bergen) and Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth), would require the use of IIDs on all first-time offenders. It maintains a mandatory but reduced license suspension period while focusing on the longer use of IIDs, as studies show that 50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, IIDs are effective in reducing repeat drunk driving offenses by 67 percent while the device is installed, as compared to license suspension alone.  

The bill previously passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee on a unanimous vote. RCSG proudly represents the Coalition of Ignition Interlock Manufacturers to work towards the passage of this important public safety legislation.

Solar Milestone Reached in NJ

The NJ Board of Public Utilities (NJ BPU) recently announced that the State’s solar industry reached a significant milestone in surpassing 2 gigawatts (GW) of installed solar energy capacity as of December 31, 2016.

Among the approximate 66,000 solar installations across the Garden State, there are over 60,000 residential, 3,800 commercial, 550 school, and 280 government projects constructed in places such as, rooftops, carports, landfills and brownfields.

BPU President Richard Mroz noted that “New Jersey has achieved the fourth highest cumulative amount of installed solar capacity in the country,” and that the State was recently “recognized as the #2 state for residential solar by Solar Power Rocks in its U.S. Solar Power Rankings 2017.”

Governor Christie to Deliver Budget Address on February 28

Governor Christie will deliver his FY 2018 budget address during the afternoon of February 28. 

As the Governor decided to focus his January State of the State address primarily on combating the opioid epidemic, everyone will be eager to hear the budget priorities of his final year in office, especially his plans for funding schools, tax relief, hospital funding, etc.

Governor Christie’s Poll Numbers Hit Historic Low

New Jersey voters disapprove 78 - 17 percent of how Governor is handling his job, including a 53 - 39 percent disapproval rating among Republicans, according to Quinnipiac University Poll released last week.

This compares to a 77 - 19 percent disapproval in a December 6 Quinnipiac University Poll, the lowest approval rating for any governor in any state in more than 20 years of its surveys. 

The poll also found that state voters disapprove of how President Trump is handling his job by 55-36 margin.