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

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Leader in the District

(EDISON) — J.P Stevens High School student Jeff Xie won this year's "Teen Jeopardy" tournament in dramatic fashion, answering a tiebreaker question correctly and walking away with $75,000. He came to Trenton and the State House recently with his mother and sister to be honored by Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan and Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin before the New Jersey General Assembly.

Xie and Alan Koolik of Boca Raton, Fla. each accumulated $54,200 after a two-day final, forcing a tiebreaker to decide the champion. After a tiebreaker clue was presented, Xie rang in first and gave the right response to win.

The episode, recorded in early March, aired in August. Xie plans to use the money to travel and pay for college.

Xie was one of 15 students from among 8,574 hopefuls across the country who qualified to be on "Teen Jeopardy."

 

He earned a spot on the show through a multi-step process. First, he completed a 50-question online test. That earned him one of 250 places in regional auditions across the country, where prospective contestants took part in a second 50-question test, an interview and mock game play. Xie, 17, navigated that hurdle in New York City in November and received a spot on the 29th edition of "Teen Jeopardy."

Xie placed second in his first-round match, aired last week, to earn one of four wild-card berths in the semifinals. On Monday's semifinal episode, he beat two contestants who won their previous match to reach the two-day final.

Xie, who will be a senior when school starts next month, is the first New Jerseyan to win the tournament since Meryl Federman of Livingston in 2007.

Leader in Education

Prieto, Diegnan & Educators Hold News Conference on Plans to Enhance Teacher Effectiveness in NJ from NJ Assembly Democratic Office on Vimeo.

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) & Assembly Education Chair Patrick Diegnan (D-Middlesex) and Educators Hold News Conference on Plans to Enhance Teacher Effectiveness in NJ

We can all agree that giving our children a quality education is a shared priority. And while New Jersey has an outstanding public schools led by amazing teachers, we can always do better. That's why we are was pleased to see recommendations to enhance teacher effectiveness laid out by the Garden State Alliance for Strengthening Education. We need an evolving approach to preparing teachers, supporting them throughout their careers, helping them continue to enhance their knowledge and skills and equipping them for leadership roles.

Enabling educators to help students achieve and succeed is an absolute must. To that end, we must move away from a piecemeal approach and understand that teachers are now working in the 21st century, with unique new challenges to overcome and ever-changing techniques available to use in the classroom. As elected leaders responsible for ensuring a strong public education system, the Assembly will review these recommendations thoroughly and begin a much-needed conversation on what contributes to teacher effectiveness and, ultimately and most importantly, student success.

Breaking News

Assembly Unanimously Passes Diegnan Bill to Ban Production and Sale of Microbead Cosmetic Products in NJ

Cite Rising Environmental Concerns; NJ Joins Other States, including New York, in Introducing Legislation Aimed at Ridding Microbeads from Personal Products

(TRENTON) - The General Assembly approved legislation, 72-0 sponsored by Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan, to address the growing environmental concerns over beauty products containing microbeads.

The bill (A-3083) prohibits the production, manufacture, and sale of all personal cosmetic products containing microbeads. Microbeads are small plastic particles that are added to personal cosmetic products such as soap, face wash and toothpaste. They are artificial replacements for natural additives such as crushed almonds and pumice.

The sponsor of the bill commends the companies that have begun to voluntarily phase out the use of microbeads in products. If this legislation were to become law, New Jersey would join one other state, Illinois in banning the use of microbeads.

"I applaud the companies who have recognized the ill effects that polyethylene microspheres have on the environment and stand with us as we take steps to curb its use," said Diegnan (D-Middlesex). "By banning these products, we are preserving New Jersey's environmental heritage and protecting marine life."

Water management facilities around the country are not capable of filtering small microbeads. These microbeads reportedly contain harmful toxins, flow through water treatment facilities, and are directly deposited in our waterways. Microbeads in open water appear edible to fish, which then eat the toxin-covered plastic particles. These fish are then consumed by other fish or humans, resulting in microbeads covered with toxins entering the food chain.

The bill's prohibition against the production or manufacture of personal cosmetic products containing microbeads would commence January 1, 2018. The measure prohibits the sale, offer for sale, or promotion of these items on or after January 1, 2019. For an over the counter drug containing synthetic plastic microbeads, no person will be able to sell, offer for sale, or offer for promotion these items in the state beginning January 1, 2020.

Legislation also has been introduced in New York, California, Michigan and other states to address the environmental concerns caused by microbeads.

Microbeads are made of polyethylene, a plastic used to manufacture garbage containers, grocery bags, bulletproof vests and even knew replacements. Scientists warn that microbeads, which are not biodegradable, are too small to be removed by the water treatment process and end up in lakes, rivers and oceans.

Your 18th District Team

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

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