Now Law: Earned Sick Leave

Assembly Majority Office - 5/2/2018

Legislation Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Raj Mukherji, Shavonda Sumter, Benjie Wimberley and Paul Moriarty sponsored to require employers to provide earned sick leave to workers in New Jersey was signed into law by the Governor on Wednesday. The law (A-1827) will allow workers to accrue one hour of earned sick leave for every 30 hours worked.

"Earned sick leave is a sensible workplace policy that is good for business and will prove crucial to New Jersey's economic future, stability and strength," said Mukherji (D-Hudson). "Workers who can properly take care of themselves and their families will feel secure in their jobs and be better employees. In addition to improving morale and reducing the spread of illness in the workplace, this legislation will also help employers with compliance and predictability."

An estimated 1.1 million New Jerseyans are unable to earn sick leave, with nearly one-quarter of American adults reporting they've lost a job or been threatened with job loss for taking time off due to illness or to care for a sick child or relative, noted the sponsors.

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Now Law: Bill To Promote Equal Pay

Assembly Majority Office - 4/24/2018

The law (A-1) modifies current law, including the Law Against Discrimination (LAD), to strengthen protections against employment discrimination and promote equal pay for equal women. Specifically, the law will amend the LAD to make it an unlawful practice for an employer to discriminate against an employee because the employee is a member of a class protected against discrimination by the LAD, by paying a rate of compensation, including benefits, to employees of a protected class less than the rate paid to employees not of the class for substantially similar work, when viewed as a composite of skill, effort, and responsibility.

"Signing a law that demands equal pay for equal work is not only a historic day for New Jersey, but will hopefully send a message to the entire country to do the same," said Mukherji (D-Hudson). "It is unconscionable that in 2018, enactment of this much needed change puts New Jersey at the head of the pack. I am honored to be a sponsor of this monumental law, but I look forward to the day it becomes unnecessary."

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Sikh Awareness And Appreciation Month

Assembly Majority Office - 4/17/2018

The law (AJR-93) is meant to bring a greater awareness to the robust Sikh population in New Jersey and the contributions they have made to the state. There are approximately 27 million Sikhs in the world, with one of the largest Sikh populations in the United States calling New Jersey home. The resolution sponsored by Greenwald, Mukherji, Murphy and Coughlin was approved by the Assembly on March 26 and signed into law on April 9.

“Sikhism is one of the world’s major religions, and one that is often misunderstood,” said Mukherji (D-Hudson). “The historic appointment of Attorney General Grewal and the recent elections of Mayor Bhalla and Freeholder Singh, coupled with this resolution, will give New Jersey’s Sikh community the recognition they deserve and help with public education and awareness.”

Now Law: Bill To Require New Jersey To Uphold Paris Climate Agreement

Assembly Majority Office - 2/21/2018

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Raj Mukherji, Andrew Zwicker, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Tim Eustace, Joann Downey, James Kennedy and Nancy Pinkin requiring New Jersey to take part in the U.S. Climate Alliance to uphold the Paris Climate Accord and the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement was signed into law on Wednesday.

"Science is a thing, and global warming is real," said Mukherji (D-Hudson). "Abandoning the Paris Climate Accord was a mistake that will be paid for by generation after generation if we do not take action, assuming the world doesn't end under the Trump administration. Aligning ourselves with the U.S. Climate Alliance is the first step."

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Now Law: Bill To Expand Medicaid Coverage

Assembly Majority Office - 2/21/2018

The new law, formerly bill (A-1656), would expand Medicaid coverage of family planning services to non-pregnant individuals whose income does not exceed the highest income eligibility level established for pregnant women under current state plan, which is currently 200 percent of the federal poverty level in New Jersey.

"This is a wise and financially sound move. We can't leave this money sitting on the table when family planning centers throughout the state have been forced to close, scale back their services or turn patients away, hitting residents in urban areas particularly hard," said Mukherji (D-Hudson).

The new law would exercise a state option provided under the federal "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," which permits states to expand family planning services through a state plan amendment. In doing so, the federal government would pay 90 percent of the costs for these services.

Now Law: Bill Extending Deadline To Apply For Senior Freeze Property Tax Rebates

Assembly Majority Office - 1/18/2018

The law (A-3466) requires that applications for participation in the homestead property tax reimbursement program, colloquially known as the "senior freeze" program, be filed with the director of the Division of Taxation in the Department of the Treasury between April 1 and October 31 of the year following the year for which the claim is being made. Under current law, the deadline is June 1 of the following year.

"With a longer application period, more senior citizens and disabled individuals who may be eligible to participate in this property tax relief program can apply for a rebate," said Mukherji (D-Hudson). "This legislation will help New Jersey residents who tend to be the hardest hit by property taxes."


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Now Law: Bill To Help Homeless Veterans

Assembly Majority Office - 1/17/2018

According to the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, New Jersey has among its homeless population an estimated nearly 2,000 veterans of the United States Armed Forces. The law (A-5211) allows counties to prioritize grants from county homelessness trust funds for the benefit of veterans. Grants from these trust funds may be used to develop affordable housing, provide rental assistance, and provide supportive and preventative services to aid the homeless or those at risk of homelessness. 

"It is unconscionable that in our democracy, those men and women who risked their lives to protect our freedom could be left out on the street without a roof over their heads," said Mukherji (D-Hudson), a former U.S. Marine. "Giving counties the ability to ensure homeless veterans are helped and supported through a dedicated portion of trust fund grants is one more step toward ending homelessness in New Jersey."

Under the law, counties will be allowed to give a preference in the award of grants for these services for veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Now Law: Bill To Require Health Insurance Providers To Cover The Use Of 3-D Mammography For Breast Cancer Screening

Assembly Majority Office - 1/17/2018

The law (A-4320) requires health insurers and health maintenance organizations, as well as health benefits plans or contracts, which are issued or purchased pursuant to the New Jersey Individual Health Coverage Program, New Jersey Small Employer Health Benefits Program, State Health Benefits Program, and School Employees' Health Benefits Program, to provide coverage for expenses incurred in conducting digital tomosynthesis to detect or screen for breast cancer in women 40 years of age and over; and for diagnostic purposes in women of any age.

"The chances of surviving advanced breast cancer are bleak. What good are these technological advances if they are not made available to the people who can benefit from them the most?"asked Mukherji (D-Hudson). "If there is a better screening test than can help with early breast cancer detection and survival rates, then it should be covered by health insurance providers."


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Now Law: Bill To Create Public Awareness Campaign On Child Car Safety

Assembly Majority Office - 1/16/2018

The new law (A-155) requires the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety, in consultation with the Department of Children and Families, to establish a public awareness campaign to provide information to the general public concerning the dangers of leaving children unattended in and around motor vehicles and preventative measures that may be taken by parents or guardians to promote child safety and protect against unintended injury or death.

"When a small child is locked inside a car, vehicular heatstroke is a possibility - even if the temperature outside doesn't seem exceedingly hot," said Mukherji (D-Hudson). "In the same way that New Jersey has had campaigns to create awareness about the importance of wearing a seat belt and the danger of texting and driving, we need to ensure that parents recognize that leaving a child in a car for even a brief period of time can have devastating consequences."

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Mukherji Appointed Assembly Majority Whip in 218th Legislative Session

Assembly Majority Office - 1/12/2018

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin has named Assemblyman Raj Mukherji -- a prosecutor, healthcare entrepreneur, and former U.S. Marine Corps sergeant who previously served as Deputy Mayor of Jersey City -- as Majority Whip of the General Assembly to help shepherd the Speaker's agenda through the 218th legislative session.

Mukherji becomes the first Asian American in state history to serve in this role. He is presently the only former Marine and the only Asian American serving in the New Jersey General Assembly.

"I am confident, based on his zealous advocacy for progressive priorities on the Budget Committee and his personality, that Raj is the right guy to count the votes and help achieve consensus within our caucus," said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). "Even with his professional success, Raj never forgot his humble roots, and he is well-liked and widely respected by his peers in the legislature. His support in the caucus will be invaluable as we tackle challenging issues and a comprehensive agenda."

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Now Law: Bill To Prevent Homelessness Amoung Domestic Violence Victims

Assembly Majority Office - 1/8/2018

The new law (A-4406) will provide emergency assistance, typically in the form of rental assistance, to individuals or families who are homeless or in a temporary living arrangement due to imminent or demonstrated domestic violence that imperils their health and safety.

"When a domestic violence victim makes the decision to flee their home and their abuser, the circumstances are usually dire," said Mukherji (D-Hudson). "They often don't have the luxury of time or the financial means to plan for other accommodations. Knowing they have access to emergency assistance may help some victims escape a dangerous or even deadly situation.

POLITICO: Mukherji was most prolific N.J. lawmaker of 2016

POLITICO: Mukherji was most prolific N.J. lawmaker of 2016

By Matt Friedman
12/30/2016 02:11 PM EDT

Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, a Democrat from Hudson County, was New Jersey’s most prolific lawmaker of 2016.

Mukherji was a prime sponsor of 23 bills that were signed into law in 2016. And his name is at or near the top of 28 of the 58 bills that are sitting on Gov. Chris Christie’s desk.

“I owe that to the hard working legislative staffers and to the speaker and my Senate running mate, Brian Stack, who have helped me shepherd some good ideas into law,” Mukherji, who introduced 317 bills last year, said in a phone interview.

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Jersey Journal: 3 assemblymen introduce measure to log origin of illegal weapons

The Jersey Journal -- 6/2/2014 -- Three state assemblymen, including one from Jersey City, have introduced legislation that would create a database for firearms used in illegal activities that are recovered by law enforcement agencies.

The bill, sponsored by Assembly Democrats Raj Mukherji of Jersey City, and Gary S. Schaer, and Vincent Mazzeo, directs the state Attorney General's Office to create a central repository of information regarding all firearms that were seized, forfeited, found or otherwise attained by law enforcement and believed to have been used in a crime.

The aim of the bill is to identify where illegal firearms seized in New Jersey are coming from and halt the flow of those weapons.  READ MORE:


Mukherji, Quijano Parkinson's Disease Legislation Advances

ASSEMBLY MAJORITY OFFICE -- 5/8/2014 -- Legislation sponsored by Assembly members Raj Mukherji and Annette Quijano that would create a public awareness and education program about Parkinson's disease was advanced by an Assembly committee. [...]  "An estimated 1.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease," said Mukherji (D-Hudson). "This is a disease that affects too many New Jersey families. The more we know about Parkinson's, the more we can help residents identify symptoms and find the resources they need to help themselves and their loved ones."


Christie Signs Mukherji Legislation to Improve Prison Drug Treatment Programs, Break Cycle of Recidivism

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR -- 4/17/2014 -- Governor Christie Signs Legislation to Improve Prison Drug Treatment Programs and Help Continue Breaking the Cycle of Recidivism [...]

Primary sponsors for A-2295/S-686 included Senators Raymond Lesniak and Nicholas Sacco, and Assembly members Vincent Prieto, Angelica Jimenez, Carmelo Garcia, Bonnie Watson-Coleman, and Raj Mukherji.