BERKELEY-The spoils of war between Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney have been benefiting hard-working and retired residents of New Jersey. As the two Democrat factions in Trenton continue blocking each other’s overly progressive agendas out of spite, the net result for New Jersey is a win-win.
Today, Mayor Carmen Amato of Berkeley Township, who has helped to lead the local opposition of a bill that would have allowed Trenton to meddle in the business of private age-restricted senior communities applauded Murphy’s in-pocket veto of that bill.
Mayor Carmen F. Amato, Jr., is pleased the efforts Of thousands of residents in age-restricted communities who signed petitions, Berkeley Township’s effort along with the local legislative delegation were enough to convince Governor Murphy to “pocket Veto” S-2425.
“This is a win for the continued autonomy of our age-restricted communities. As I said before, S-2425 was a state overreach in their efforts to meddle with the operations of our age-restricted communities.” Mayor Amato said.
Amato said opposition to the bill was an all-hands-on-deck initiative that has paid off.
“I wish to applaud the leadership of our homeowners associations who all played a vital role in coordinating the petition signatures. They were able to produce thousands of signatures which were collected by Councilwomen Sophia Gingrich and Judy Noonan. These signatures no doubt influenced the Governor’s decision not to take action on the bill,” he added.
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This is by far, not the end of reckless and dangerous legislation being proposed by the state’s two top Democrats as they seek to out “progressive” each other at every turn, yet foiling each other’s liberal agenda at the very next turn.
“We won this battle but we must remain vigilant in our opposition to this type of overreaching legislation,” Amato said. “As Mayor, I will continue to monitor the new legislative session to see if the sponsors will reintroduce the bill so we may organize our opposition again.”