My political philosophy:

New Jersey Will Rebuild!
Hurricane Sandy may have damaged our homes,
but will not dampen our spirit

I want to write to you about the extraordinary hardship that we've all seen from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. My prayers go out to all the families who have lost a loved one and I feel profoundly sad for all the families whose lives have been upended and are going to be going through some very tough challenges in the times to come.

The most important message I have for them is that your neighbors, your town, your state and your country are with you. We stand behind you, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get back on your feet.

I also want to take a moment to thank all the first responders and workers who have been involved in this process -- the linesmen, the firefighters, the police, OEM, DPW, EMS etc. whose personal sacrifices saves lives. We really appreciate them one and all.

My commitment to the people in this community is that the same fighting spirit will carry over all the way through until our work is done in rebuilding our community and our beloved State of New Jersey.

– Assemblyman Partick Diegnan
18th Legislative District


Leader in the District

Stender, Riley, Jasey, Gusciora & Diegnan Stand With Parent Advocates in Push to Change NJ Medical Marijuana Laws to Help Sick Kids

In this video press release, Assembly members Linda Stender (D-Union), Celeste M. Riley (D-Cumberland), Mila M. Jasey (D-Essex), Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer), and Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. (D-Middlesex) hold a news conference in support of legislation that would modify New Jersey's medical marijuana law to accommodate the needs of suffering children that the law currently neglects.
The bill (A-1374), sponsored by the members, would create a reciprocity rule that would allow patients in New Jersey's medical marijuana program to legally obtain forms of marijuana not sold in the state from other states and jurisdictions with licensed medical marijuana programs. This reciprocity would allow sick patients access to the medical relief they need while the problems in New Jersey's program are corrected.


Leader in Education

Diegnan Bill to Again Object to Christie School Funding Changes for At-Risk & Bilingual Students Advanced by Panel

(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Education Chairman Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. sponsored to notify the governor that the Legislature does not accept his school funding recommendations for at-risk and bilingual students was advanced Monday by an Assembly panel.

"The current law is designed to determine school funding based on extensive analysis of the cost of delivering a quality education to all students, including low-income students wherever they live in New Jersey. These recommendations seem designed to reduce funding available to at-risk children," said Diegnan (D-Middlesex). "This proposal seems to lack regard to the implications for at-risk children. That approach is simply unacceptable, especially without any apparent thoughtful analysis."

During the last session, the Legislature rejected Gov. Chris Christie's proposed school funding changes targeting at-risk and bilingual students.
That resolution informed Governor Christie that the Legislature objected to recommendations included in his administration's Educational Adequacy Report that could sharply reduce funding for at-risk children.

That concurrent resolution directed the Commissioner of Education to submit a revised report to the Legislature that responds to these objections.
"To date the governor has failed to provide any information to respond to the Legislature's specific objections," Diegnan said. "That's unacceptable. The parents, children and educators of our state deserve better."

The new resolution (ACR-118) again notifies the governor that the Legislature objects to school funding recommendations for at-risk and bilingual students. The bill was advanced by the Assembly Education Committee chaired by Diegnan.

Breaking News

The Organization of the New Jersey General Assembly
for the 216th Legislature

(Trenton) - Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan was honored to represent the 18th legislative district as the New Jersey General Assembly held its organizational ceremony for the 216th Legislature. From the NJ State Constitution: Article IV, Section I, paragraph 2 amended effective December 8, 1966. 3. Each Legislature shall be constituted for a term of 2 years beginning at noon on the second Tuesday in January in each even numbered year, at which time the Senate and General Assembly shall meet and organize separately and the first annual session of the Legislature shall commence. Assemblyman Diegnan will Chair the Assembly Education Committee, be Vice Chair of the Assembly Commerce Committee and be a member of the Assembly Regulated Professions Committee.

Your 18th District Team

Assemblyman Diegnan with
Senate Candidate Pete Barnes and
Assembly Candidate Nancy Pinkin

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