State of New Jersey secondary Archives: on Welfare & Poverty


Bob Hugin: Non-profit advocate for needs of homeless families

Hugin served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Celgene from May 2006 to June 2010, and was elected by the Board of Directors to serve as a Director in December 2001. He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Atlantic Health System and of Family Promise, a national non-profit network assisting homeless families.
Source: InsiderNJ.com on 2018 New Jersey Senate race Jan 15, 2018

Rich Pezzullo: Make major cuts in welfare "giveaway" programs

Rich˙believes the Federal Government needs to take the same approach and supports major cuts in government welfare programs created and expanded in recent years, most particularly ObamaCare and other giveaways like free cell phones, 99-week unemployment handouts and welfare benefits that encourage people not to work and live off taxpayers.
Source: 2018 New Jersey Senate campaign website pezzullo.com Jan 1, 2018

Seth Kaper-Dale: Social justice for those who are last in society

Kaper-Dale has been pastor of the Reformed Church, with his wife Stephanie, for 15 years. They graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2001 and immediately assumed the position of co-pastors. Central to Seth's theology is that God has a preferential option for those who are last in society, in any way shape or form. He is running for governor as the Green Party Candidate because the party's focus on social justice is so principled.
Source: 2018 New Jersey Governor website KaperDaleForGovernor.com Aug 8, 2017

Seth Kaper-Dale: Led church on social justice issues

Seth has led the Reformed Church of Highland Park for social justice programs, creating Who Is My Neighbor Inc, which brought Highland Park a fair trade store, an after school program, and an affordable summer camp. RCHP-Affordable Housing Corp. has created housing for women aging out of foster care, homeless Veterans, re-entering citizens, justice-involved youth, chronically homeless mentally ill adults, refugees and asylees.
Source: 2018 New Jersey Governor website KaperDaleForGovernor.com Aug 8, 2017

Phil Murphy: More affordable housing; more Earned Income Tax Credit

The Earned Income Tax Credit encourages and rewards work by providing a tax credit to working and middle class families. Because the EITC puts money in the pockets of people who spend it immediately and locally, every dollar that we spend on the EITC creates $1.50 to $2 in economic activity. NJ currently provides an EITC at 30 percent of the federal award level. Phil Murphy would raise the state EITC to 40 percent of the federal reward level, which would create almost $180 million in new economic activity. It would also make our tax code fairer across all income levels.

NJ has among the most expensive housing in the nation. For 15 years, the courts have been misused to effectively stop the development of new affordable housing. Gov. Christie has cut much needed aid to seniors and low- and middle-income NJ residents struggling with the nation's highest property taxes. We must support the development of new, affordable housing while adhering to a smart, sustainable growth model.

Source: 2017 New Jersey Gubernatorial website, Murphy4NJ.com Sep 19, 2016

Chris Christie: Food stamps recipients must be in job training programs

Leaders hailed the opening of a new program designed to help impoverished people get jobs or training so they can remain qualified for food stamps. The pilot program uses private donations to fund jobs & job training to people receiving benefits from the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP (formerly "food stamps").

Under federal requirements, recipients must have a job or be in a training program to be eligible for the benefit. New Jersey had waived that requirement because of the weak economy, but last year Gov. Chris Christie's administration refused to extend that waiver. Elected officials gathered to kick off the SNAP Employment and Demonstration Project, the result of legislation sponsored by state senator Ray Lesniak.

Lesniak said, "It matches private sector money to federal money--at no costs to the state--in funding job training for SNAP recipients." Lesniak said 11,000 people statewide would lose their food stamps unless they get jobs or are in training programs.

Source: Newark Star-Ledger on 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial race Mar 10, 2016

Ray Lesniak: Private donations for job training for SNAP recipients

Leaders hailed the opening of a new program designed to help impoverished people get jobs or training so they can remain qualified for food stamps. The pilot program uses private donations to fund jobs & job training to people receiving benefits from the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP (formerly "food stamps").

Under federal requirements, recipients must have a job or be in a training program to be eligible for the benefit. New Jersey had waived that requirement because of the weak economy, but last year Gov. Chris Christie's administration refused to extend that waiver. Elected officials gathered to kick off the SNAP Employment and Demonstration Project, the result of legislation sponsored by state senator Ray Lesniak.

Lesniak said, "It matches private sector money to federal money--at no costs to the state--in funding job training for SNAP recipients." Lesniak said 11,000 people statewide would lose their food stamps unless they get jobs or are in training programs.

Source: Newark Star-Ledger on 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial race Mar 10, 2016

Donny DiFrancesco: Fund welfare-to-work & exempt religious charities

Source: New Jersey congressional voting records Dec 25, 2000

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