A new year is officially upon us and my hopes for making New Jersey a state where God is honored, religious liberty flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished could not be greater. After a tumultuous year of morally inept public policies emanating from Trenton, I firmly believe the best is yet to come!
I encourage you to reflect on what God has done through your tireless advocacy and engagement in 2019.
- Recreational marijuana failed to pass through the supermajority democratic legislature. We testified at committee hearings, visited the offices of nearly forty state lawmakers, distributed timely and targeted action alerts, and educated tens of thousands of New Jerseyeans on the negative impact this drug would have if further unleashed in our neighborhoods. Our coalition partners, such as NJ RAMP, have unmeasurably contributed and led this fight with us. Our gratitude to Senator Ron Rice and other Democratic leaders who held their position to protect their cities from corporate drug dealing.
- The Safe Haven Information Act passed and was signed into law by Governor Murphy. It requires all public schools to teach students in grades 9-12 on the existing Safe Haven Act. This law allows parents to drop off their unwanted and unharmed infants who are younger than 30 days old at police stations, emergency departments, first aid squads and fire stations with no questions asked and without fear of prosecution.
- LifeNet’s statewide prolife coalition continued to work in synergy this year. Over 130,000 postcards were sent to legislators to protect babies from the excruciating pain of abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. We traveled the state meeting with dozens of lawmakers to help educate them on New Jersey’s radical anti-human rights record of unrestrained unlimited abortion policies that have been rejected by 96% of nations.
- Our participation in the 2019 NJ state elections secured for us a major victory for the future of parental rights and religious liberty. Working with our political strategy team at our national headquarters, we targeted morally conservative homes to vote for District 1 senate candidate, Mike Testa, Assembly candidates Antwan McClellan and Erick Simonsen, and District 39 incumbent Assemblyman Robert Auth. We won all four races in both districts. Senator Testa quickly made an impact in Trenton by publicly denouncing the funding of Planned Parenthood in the Senate Appropriations Committee and staunchly protecting religious and parental rights concerning vaccinations in the Senate Health Committee. Assemblyman Robert Auth is a likeminded ally in protecting students from radical sexual indoctrination.
- Mayor Al Cirulli from Barnegat Township exposed the darkness of the contentious mandated LGBT curriculum being forced upon our students in public schools. We testified in support of his leadership, engaged our constituents to communicate their overwhelming endorsement of his position, and bestowed upon him our 2019 Guardian of the Family Elected Official award.
I urge you to remain diligent and determined to make NJ better in 2020.
The best is yet to come!
Director of Advocacy
Director of Alliances Northeast Region, Family Policy Alliance
Founder & Past President, New Jersey Family Policy Council