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
Star Ledger August 13, 2014
By Patrick J. Diegnan Jr.
Christie's veto is a cruel blow to the disabled: Opinion
There really is no place like home.
Home is happiness. Home is safety. Home is love and care. For hundreds of our state's most vulnerable residents, North Jersey Developmental Center was home.
The eviction notice Gov. Chris Christie sent these men and women in 2012 gave them less than 30 months to replace what some had called home for 30 years.
Now, as former residents of the facility transition to group homes, the governor has vetoed a bill — one the Legislature unanimously supported — that would require them to receive a comparable level of care and support in their new residences (A3418). While the governor says he shares the Legislature's goal of easing this transition, his announcing the action half an hour before the close of the business day last Friday is evidence that, deep down, he knows just how heartless it really is.
Leader in Education
(South Plainfield) - Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. spoke to Comcast's Newsmakers recently about the attention focused on the reforming of America's vocational training programs and the important role they play for non-college bound students:
"I think that this is the most exciting thing that has happened in my 13 years in Trenton," said Assembly Education Committee Chairman Patrick Diegnan. "Nobody does it better that our county vocational-technical schools, and if I ruled the world, I would put 10 more vocational schools or career academies throughout our cities in particular and give kids a shot."
Prieto & Diegnan News Conference Unveiling 8-Bill Package To Improve and Expand Vocational Education in New Jersey
Speaker, Education Chairman Joined by Advocates in Business and Education
(TRENTON) – Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Education Committee Chairman Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. (D-Middlesex) issued a multimedia package Monday of a news conference in which they announce a set of eight bills designed to improve and expand the state's vocational school programs.
The legislators were joined at the announcement by business and education advocacy organizations, in particular the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) and the New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools.
When Prieto (D-Hudson) became Assembly Speaker in January he said that improving vocational education would be one of his top legislative priorities. He stressed that as a state, "we need to get away from that narrative of the single path to success," and used his own story as an example. A Cuban immigrant, Prieto went to school to become a plumber and later received technical certifications in fire and building technologies and is now a code enforcement official.
Your 18th District Team
Assemblyman Diegnan with
Senate Candidate Pete Barnes and
Assembly Candidate Nancy Pinkin
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