This past weekend, I enjoyed time with my wife shopping in the small businesses around the Jersey Shore. OK. She enjoyed it more. I just came along for damage control of our monthly budget! I happened to come across a brand of clothing that marketed a message in a variety of shirts: “Only NJ Understands NJ.” I honestly cannot refute the message. Our state is #3 in property taxes, #3 in income taxes, #1 in estate taxes; the tolls on major highways were just raised and the gas tax was increased. Our state budget exploded by $6 billion in just three years! Public schools have been handed over to left wing post-modern curriculum and our abortion laws continue to reflect China and North Korea – instead of the more life-affirming stance of 80% of the states in America!

In the upcoming fiscal budget, Governor Murphy and the Legislature agreed to give New Jersey families making under $150,000 per year with at least one child a one-time $500 tax rebate, just in time for next year’s reelection campaign. After that, the rebate will no longer exist, but the stronghold of abortion-on-demand and oversexualized public school priorities will be firmly entrenched in our political system. We must win back New Jersey in 2021! In the upcoming weeks, I will share with you our special virtual fundraiser that will help us accomplish that mission.

In the meantime, please be aware of the following:

New Jersey 2021 Fiscal Budget Passed: The upside-down budget that optimistically predicts $4.5 billion in debt will be passed by the Legislature and most likely signed by the Governor on Friday. This is a reckless disregard for our children who must carry this unsustainable financial burden in years ahead. Planned Parenthood once again received their promised grant of $15.7 million to fund abortions in mostly minority neighborhoods for the next nine months. This appalling use of state funds has become a routine business transaction between Governor Murphy and the abortion lobby in our state. The original proposed budget sought to slash $25 million from community colleges while unapologetically underwriting the global abortion giant of Planned Parenthood.

Ballots Received in New Jersey Homes: The vote by mail election is underway in the Garden State. Ballots have already been mailed this week to some precincts. Not surprising, 35,000 mail in ballots were rejected for 18 different reasons in New Jersey’s July 7 primary. Yet the Governor continues to move full speed ahead in hijacking the election process for his own preferred outcome. I have personal friends who moved out of New Jersey earlier this year and registered to vote in their new state of residence. However, they received two official New Jersey general election ballots this week at TWO previous New Jersey addresses – including one from seventeen years ago! Clearly, the voter rolls are outdated and unverified. If the process is broken from the start, can the results in close congressional districts throughout our state be trusted? Please make sure you are registered to vote! I highly recommend you visit our Elections page to find candidates that represent your convictions regarding abortion restrictions and religious freedom protections for people of faith.

Making New Jersey better,

Shawn Hyland
Director of Advocacy

Legislators Object to Sex Ed Standards

Last week, Senator Steve Oroho (R) and Senator Mike Testa (R) introduced a Senate Concurrent Resolution objecting to the obscene Sex Ed standards adopted on June 3, 2020 by the NJ Department of Education.  This new learning standard obligates all public schools to require 13-year-old students to define and describe several explicit sexual acts not related to intercourse. Schools have until 2022 to fully implement this new learning standard but may choose to start immediately.

Sexual activists at Planned Parenthood and Garden State Equality applaud these new standards. As they ardently celebrate the systematic sexualization of children, we must equal their energy to praise Senator Oroho and Senator Testa for their leadership in opposing this learning standard and supporting parental rights in education.

Please read Senate Concurrent Resolution 129 below and call their offices to express your gratitude. Tell their staff that you want to thank them for sponsoring SCR129!

Senator Steve Oroho: (973) 300-0200

Senator Mike Testa: (609) 778-2012

SCR129:

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION opposing the State Board of Education revised New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education on sex education.

WHEREAS, Parents, as their child’s first and most important teachers, work hard to instill values and beliefs that will guide their children throughout life; and

WHEREAS, Even after a child undertakes formal education outside of the home, parents continue to play a key role in the child’s education, with the parents providing valuable support and guidance; and

WHEREAS, On June 3, 2020, the State Board of Education readopted the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education which include extensive changes to the standards regarding sex education; and

WHEREAS, The revised standards include certain controversial topics on various social issues that interfere with the right of parents to teach their own children about these sensitive matters in a manner that comports with their core family values and beliefs; and

WHEREAS, These revised standards further erode parental autonomy by promoting age-inappropriate sexual content which usurps a parent’s ability to determine whether a child is emotionally and intellectually prepared for instruction in sex education; and

WHEREAS, The Department of Education’s response to criticism of the standards is to note the availability of the opt-out provision, but the opt-out provision is not a sufficient protection to ensure that a student is not exposed inadvertently to graphic sexual lessons; and

WHEREAS, Any State policy governing instruction in sex education must promote parental autonomy and respect for family values and beliefs; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the State of New Jersey

The Legislature of the State of New Jersey opposes the State Board of Education’s sex education standards included in the revised New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education due to the significant negative impact that these standards have on a parent’s right to educate his child on sensitive sex education topics in a manner that comports with the family’s core values and beliefs.  The Legislature calls upon the State board to revise these standards.

Thank you for taking action to protect the students of NJ!

Shawn Hyland
Director of Advocacy

Dear Friends,

Education is best left to local school boards and parents.

Textbooks have historically been approved and purchased by local school boards that are accountable to parents and community members. But now, state legislators want to remove you and your school board from the decision-making process regarding educational materials.

This new “state approved textbook database” would restrict school boards from purchasing textbooks from any vendor of their choice. They would be legally required to purchase textbooks from companies that publish LGBTQ-inclusive material. Academic excellence, accurate content and well-placed images and questions are no longer paramount.

This legislation will have the consequence of forcing publishing companies and textbook authors to elevate sexual attractions and gender identities in their publications in order to be approved by the state of NJ to sell books to your school district. Elected school board members in collaboration with parents serving in curriculum committees should decide what is best for their community, not the all-encompassing overreach of state government.

Your help is needed now to contact members of the Assembly Education Committee, urging them to oppose A3052, the “state approved textbook database”. This bill has already passed the Senate Education Committee and will soon be heard in the Assembly Education Committee.

Once you have sent your message to the Assembly Education Committee members, I will email you their phone numbers and a quick script you can use to follow up with individual phone calls, if you wish.

Please share the link with others. Thank you for spreading the word!

Sincerely,

Advocacy Director
Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey

The coronavirus disrupted routine legislative activity in Trenton over the past three months.  Though many virus restrictions have now been lifted, the statehouse continues to prohibit visitors and public testimony. The legislature convenes committee hearings on pending bills through Zoom meeting technology. Yet, one thing that has not changed in the policy making process in NJ is the familiar assault on parental rights, particularly in the realm of education and health.

Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey believes parents are the primary educators and caregivers of their children. Though the state has an interest in protecting and tracking the health of students, their recent attempt to approve Assembly Bill 970 out of the Health Committee was troubling.

A970 mandates mental health screenings of all NJ public school students in seventh through twelfth grade without the consent or notification of the student’s parents at all prior to the screening and in only limited circumstances after the screening. A failure to notify and seek the approval of parents for any physical or mental health screening of their child violates parental rights and violates current state education law (N.J. Stat. 18A:36-34). We must not allow state officials to supersede the rights of parents in making decisions regarding the health care of their children.

I contacted the primary sponsor of this bill, Assemblyman Conoway (D), to share our concerns about the absence of parental consent in the proposed law. In response to the concerns of parents across the state new language was proposed that required the school district to obtain a written consent from the parent or guardian at the beginning of the school year prior to any mental health screening. We applaud this improved language. However, during my public testimony, I reminded the legislature that parental rights should not be an afterthought in drafting legislation. Parental rights are constitutionally protected rights! But many of our own state representatives and school staff seemed to have forgotten this.

I was stunned during public testimony when multiple advocacy groups representing principals, administrators, and counselors publicly opposed the addition of language requiring that parents be notified before mental health screenings. These groups insisted that requiring parents to give consent would somehow alter the student’s answers. These education lobbyists advocated for removing you from your child’s healthcare. This is unacceptable.

Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey stood strong and will continue to stand for families and your parental rights. We will not rest until parents regain their God-given rights and responsibilities to raise their children. Would you consider a gift this week to support our efforts in defending the family?

Let’s make NJ better,

Shawn Hyland
Director of Advocacy

Last week, Senator Robert Menendez (D) and Senator Cory Booker (D) unconscionably voted against the federal Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act (S.311). This legislation would have simply required physicians to provide the same degree of medical care for living babies who survived an attempted abortion as any other child born alive at the same gestational age. The original Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002 extended legal protection to babies who remained alive after a failed abortion but failed to adequately hold physicians accountable if they refused to provide the required care. Tragically, according to eyewitness testimony heard in committee hearings, some doctors did deny lifesaving care to newborn infants! Predictably, a law without consequences becomes a guideline, an industry “best practice,” or merely a suggestion.

Senators Menendez and Booker also voted against the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This legislation would have prohibited abortions at 20 weeks, the point the child feels the pain of the procedure. Did you know 96% of nations do not allow abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy? Unfortunately, instead of America moving forward into the 21st century in regard to human rights, our senators decided to align themselves with nations such as China and North Korea that continue to allow abortions without restrictions.

I have said it before, and I must say it again – if preborn life and now post birth babies, are unsafe and unprotected, the government has failed us!

You have the incredible opportunity to make your voice be heard on Friday, March 6. The statewide pro-life coalition has marked this day for prayer, fasting and calling our legislative officials that serve in Trenton. Since our federal Senators failed to uphold basic human rights for babies, we must urge our state elected officials to protect the vulnerable and indefensible children of NJ by supporting the following:

You can find your legislator at our website. Select the New Jersey tab next to the Federal tab. This will give you the contact information for your one state senator and your two assembly members.

Here is a sample message you can leave with your legislators:

Hello, my name is ____________. I am a constituent; I live in ________. I am calling about the “NJ Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” (S-462/A-152) and the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” (S-429/A-228) to protect viable babies in the womb. I want to encourage ___________ (legislator’s name) to support these bills.

Please let me know you made the call or if you were able to dedicate a time of prayer and fasting on Friday, March 6 to save preborn babies in NJ. You can contact me at newjersey@familypolicyalliance.com.

For the sake of the unborn,

Shawn Hyland
Director of Adovcacy

Public school lessons should be neutral in their presentation of religious beliefs, worldview, and political ideology. Unfortunately, Governor Murphy has handed over New Jersey public school lessons to a political lobbying group which has developed controversial and radical materials for our public-school classrooms. These lessons have little to do with fact-based learning but are oriented towards radical social activism against our democracy. It is political propaganda disguised as “inclusiveness.”

In response to the parental outrage of the LGBT-mandate, our national legal team partnered with state legislators to introduce “The Protecting Parental Involvement in Curriculum Act” which would expand the current state opt-out law to allowing families to not just opt-out of health, family life and sex education classes but also allows parents to opt-out of content that conflicts with their families sincerely-held beliefs—content like an outrageous LGBT-curriculum.

Since becoming aware of our petition with over 10,000 names of parents who want lawmakers to pass the Parental Involvement Act, Department of Education officials have told conservative legislators that the LGBT-curriculum is so comprehensive an opt-out would be unmanageable. As a result, Assemblyman Bob Auth introduced legislation that would allow parents to receive a voucher for their child to attend a private school if the public school refuses to accommodate a parent’s request to opt their child out of the LGBT-curriculum.

We strongly support school choice and voucher programs, but also recognize this isn’t an option for every family. Many families love their public schools or are unable to enroll their child in private school. Parents have the constitutional right to protect their children from a radical socialized agenda in public schools, not just private schools. Parents have the right to hold their public-school districts accountable to teaching fact-based curriculums, not Marxist indoctrination!

Marxist Indoctrination? Yes! Garden State Equality, author of the current LGBT-curriculum, hasn’t been shy about their real agenda to use their public-school curriculum program to train students to “dismantle and confront” the “patriarchy, hyper-masculinity [and] homophobia”.

In fact, we’ve had a chance to review portions of the curriculum and are already alarmed by lessons that require students to “rethink” and “revise” their “misconceptions” on gender, sex, and sexuality, encouraging students to share their “new thinking” on these concepts with the class after the end of a lesson. These types of lesson objectives are rooted in cultural Marxism and have the primary goal of attacking the cultural and moral underpinnings of Western Civilization – the church and family. They have no place in our public-school classrooms!

If you believe in what we’re doing and believe parents must have a way to protect their children from this harmful agenda, please donate today and help us to continue to stand strong for Garden State families. We promise we’ll continue to fight for your family values in New Jersey.

Working for a better NJ,

Shawn Hyland
Director of Advocacy


Len Deo
Director of Alliances, Family Policy Alliance
Founder & Past President, New Jersey Family Policy Council

One of the most common questions people ask is, “How did my legislator vote?”

I am pleased to share this report card for the 2018-2019 New Jersey state legislature. Here is a snapshot of how your representatives in the Assembly and the Senate voted on key social and moral legislation related to life, education, family, marijuana, marriage, and other issues.

Guided by our mission of building a state where God is honored, religious liberty flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished, this report card shows the votes of your lawmakers on seven central bills heard and voted upon in the 2018-2019 Legislative Session. A bill is passed by a simple majority in the Senate (21 votes needed out of 40 senators) and the Assembly (41 votes needed out of 80 assembly members.)

Lawmakers earned letter grades ranging from A to F based on how they voted on these seven top bills. This report card is not an endorsement of any candidate or political party. It does not measure any lawmakers’ integrity, commitment to their faith, work ethic, or rapport with Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey®. It does, however, accurately report how your representatives voted on seven bills that harm or protect your family values.

The bills scored include:

A printed version of this informative scorecard will be sent to 1500 pastors across New Jersey who are part of our network. In addition, each legislator will receive the scorecard for their own purposes. Please pray for the 219th legislative session that started on Jan. 14th.

The best is yet to come!

Sincerely,

Shawn Hyland
Director of Advocacy


Len Deo
Director of Alliances, Family Policy Alliance
Founder & Past President, New Jersey Family Policy Council

 

Paid for by Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey, 1977 N. Olden Avenue, Suite 241, Trenton, New Jersey, 08618. This expenditure was not made with the cooperation or prior consent of, or in consultation with, or at the request or suggestion of, any candidate, or person or committee acting on behalf of the candidate.

 

Get Ready to Defend Your Rights

The NJ Legislature’s lame duck session lived up to its dreaded hysteria by passing unconstitutional laws in a direct violation of religious liberty. Churches are now forced to use tithe money to fund abortion inducing drugs in their insurance plans. Planned Parenthood received a substantial raise of now 20 million dollars per year in state aid as a gift of gratitude from incumbents who seek their abhorrent endorsement during election season. Even Governor Murphy bragged in his State of the State address about his success in increasing Planned Parenthood’s funding and how he wants to codify in law women have the “right” to abortion to make sure the nation knows (if anyone had any doubts) exactly where New Jersey stands regarding abortion.

Parental rights were also trampled last session as parents were almost completely removed from their child’s medical decisions concerning vaccinations and mental health care. State lawmakers deem themselves as superior authorities in our children’s lives, transcending the parent-child relationship instituted by God.

Fortunately, the removal of religious exemptions for vaccinations succumbed to a brutal defeat on the last day of the legislative session. The solidarity of thousands of parents in opposition to the bill shook the statehouse for weeks leading up to the vote.

Equally troubling was a depression screening bill that was nearly passed out of the Assembly Appropriations committee on Monday, Jan 6 that removed the parental opt-out from the original bill. We contacted the primary bill sponsor in the Assembly and Senate to reinstate the parental rights of New Jerseyeans. In a cooperative spirit, Assemblyman Herb Conoway (D) and Senator Troy Singleton (D) agreed to amend the bill to include a parental opt-in. We are thankful for their understanding of our position.

However, this constant effort to assault parental rights in NJ is becoming repetitive, if not coordinated, by our state leaders. I must warn you to get ready for more debate and more defiance from our legislators over the next two years. They will attempt to strip away your role and responsibility as parents to incrementally create a culture of allegiance belonging to the state and not the family. The Marxist worldview of statism believes the State is supreme to the individual. This unbiblical view must be rejected by the people of NJ!

I want to reassure you that Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey® will be advocating for you as the person responsible for your child. Your child does not belong to the state. Furthermore, your rights do not come from the state. We will not allow big government to disrupt the family structure in their historical failed attempt to change society. Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey is uniquely structed with our national team to advance biblical citizenship and successfully engage our legislators. Your prayers and support will help build a New Jersey where God is honored, religious liberty flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.

A new two-year legislative session commenced this past Tuesday as Governor Phil Murphy held a joint session of the Legislature to give his state of the state address. Now the work begins.

The best is yet to come!


Shawn Hyland
Director of Advocacy


Len Deo
Director of Alliances, Family Policy Alliance
Founder & Past President, New Jersey Family Policy Council

This is an urgent request for you to take action by noon this Thursday.

The New Jersey State Senate will vote this Thursday on a bill (S3804) to force New Jersey churches to fund abortion-inducing drugs.

This governmental overreach is a clear violation of religious liberty. If this bill passes, sacrificial tithe dollars received by churches for the work of the ministry will now be repurposed to fund abortion-inducing drugs. This clear disregard for the conscience rights of Christians who love and value life at all stages of development must be stopped.

This bill requires churches to pay for contraceptives and abortifacients in their insurance plans. The latter are drugs that are taken post-conception to terminate the life of the child at the earliest days of pregnancy. Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey® has met with the primary sponsors, Senators Teresa Ruiz (D) and Nellie Pou (D) to discuss our concerns and objection to this legislation. Their decision to remove the religious exemption for churches and Christian and Catholic schools must be stopped.

The previous administrations of Democrat Gov. Jon Corzine and Republican Gov. Chris Christie have upheld this religious exemption. Gov. Phil Murphy has instructed Senate leadership to remove the religious exemption to mirror the federal Affordable Care Act, despite the Supreme Court’s ruling that such a removal is unconstitutional.

Please send your state senator a message with just a click on our Action Center. Your action is needed to urge them to vote NO on S3804 unless they retain the religious exemption.

After contacting them through our Action Center, you’ll receive a confirmation message with your senator’s phone number. Please call their office and tell their staff you oppose S3804 because it removes the religious exemption for churches. Doing both will make a major difference!

Finally, please share this with friends, family and church members while we still have a chance to prevent tithe dollars from funding abortion-inducing drugs!

Sincerely,

Shawn Hyland
Director of Advocacy


Len Deo
Director of Alliances, Family Policy Alliance
Founder & Past President, New Jersey Family Policy Council

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.

I urge you to remain diligent and determined to make NJ better in 2020.

The best is yet to come!


Shawn Hyland
Director of Advocacy

 

Len Deo
Director of Alliances Northeast Region, Family Policy Alliance
Founder & Past President, New Jersey Family Policy Council