Media Room

Are you a member of the media looking to speak to a New Jersey Citizen Action representative for a story? Please contact Adam Tucker, NJCA Media Manager at 973-204-5139, or email him at

Click here to see our videos

Insider NJ: Concerns on Horizon Bill from 40 Public Interest Groups
December 10, 2020 Giving Blue Cross the deal they want isn’t good for the public | Opinion
December 9, 2020

Insider NJ: Advocates Urge NJ Lawmakers to End Racial and Economic Bias in Auto Insurance Rate Setting
December 8, 2020

Insider NJ: Horizon Bill is a Money Grab
December 2, 2020

Insider NJ: What It Could Mean for Millions of Americans if Republicans Succeed in Abolishing the Affordable Care Act
November 10, 2020

Insider NJ: Social Justice is the Point — New Jersey Citizen Action Urges Legislature to Center Legalization on Racial and Social Justice
November 10, 2020

Insider NJ: NJ Citizen Action Executive Director on 2020 Election Results
November 9, 2020

NJ Globe: NJ Budget Analysis: What To Know About Spending, Taxes And More (pdf download)
September 3, 2020

NJ Spotlight: NJ Budget Analysis: What To Know About Spending, Taxes And More
August 27, 2020)

Insider NJ: New Jersey Citizen Action Statement On Governor Murphy’s Proposed 2021 Budget
August 25, 2020)

Star-Ledger: Trump Administration Would Allow Predatory Lenders To Trap New Jerseyans In Ruinous Debt: Opinion
August 25, 2020

NJTV News: Government Should Step In on Drug Prices, NJ Residents Say
August 14, 2020

Insider NJ: New Jersey Citizen Action joins legal challenge against Trump administration memorandum excluding undocumented immigrants from census
August 13, 2020

Media Release: NJ Time to Care Coalition Paid Leave Recommendations during COVID-19 and other Public Health Emergencies — NJ Citizen Action is a founding member of the NJ Time to Care Coalition
March 13, 2020

Media Release: Letter on the Gainful Employment Rule, to New Jersey Attorney General The Honorable Gurbir Grewal, from NJ Citizen Action, American Federation of Teachers New Jersey (AFTNJ), and Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE)
January 30, 2020

Media Release: NJCA calls on Gottheimer to back HR 5050
January 9, 2020

NJTV News: $15 Minimum Wage Law Could Have Unintended Consequences 
February 5, 2019

North Jersey: NJ minimum wage going up to $15 an hour
January 31, 2019

News 12: Texas judge rules ‘Obamacare’ unconstitutional, so now what?
December 17, 2018

Burlington County Times: Gov. Phil Murphy calls for open enrollment extension
December 16, 2018

Washington Post: The Health 202: The Trump administration removed a training guide for Latino outreach from an ACA website
December 10, 2018

Forbes: To Remain A Global Economic Leader, The U.S. Has To Lead On Paid Leave
July 10, 2018

NORTH JERSEY:   A Layer of Protection Against Surprise Medical Bills (Editorial)
June 7, 2018

NJ SPOTLIGHT: Governor Signs Nation’s Strongest Law on ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills
June 6, 2018

THE PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY: N.J. Joins Multi-State Fight against Federal Birth Control Coverage Exemption
May 31, 2018

THE HILL: New Jersey Governor Signs Health-Care Mandate into Law after Federal Repeal
May 31, 2018

NJ SPOTLIGHT: NJ Leaders Scramble to Protect Obamacare Gains Against Federal Threat
May 25, 2018

THE PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY: N.J. Health Department Offers $4.3M to Reduce Black Infant Mortality
May 9, 2018

GOVERNING: As Other States Have Abandoned Efforts, New Jersey Passes Individual Mandate
May 9, 2018

THE PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY: N.J. sick leave now guaranteed under new law
May 3, 2018

NJ SPOTLIGHT: Dollar for Dollar – Gender Pay Equity Law Signed by Governor Murphy
April 25, 2018

April 24, 2018

WHYY: New Jersey Enacts Equal Pay Law
April 24, 2018

THE RECORD: Equal Pay: Closing the gender pay gap in New Jersey
OP ED by Dena Mottola Jaborska, NJCA Associate Director
April 23, 2018

ASBURY PARK PRESS: New Jersey Leads the Way on Equal Pay
OP ED by Dena Mottola Jaborska, NJCA Associate Director
April 20, 2018

THE RECORD: Registering to Vote in New Jersey will Become Automatic by End of Year
April 17, 2018

INSIDERNJ.COM: NJCA Statement in Response to Bob Hugin’s Sanctuary Cities Statement
April 16, 2018

NJTVONLINE.ORG: NJ lawmakers look to implement state-level individual mandate
April 16, 2018

BLUE JERSEY: Protesting the Trump/MacArthur Tax Scam
April 15, 2018

NJTVONLINE.ORG: Dems Push Agenda Through Legislature Amid Some Budget Fears
April 12, 2018

THE RECORD: Surprise Medical Bills Could Become a Thing of the Past in New Jersey
April 12, 2018

INSIDERNJ.COM: NJCA/NJ Statement on the Passage of the Out of Network Consumer Protection Act
April 12, 2018

INSIDERNJ.COM: Workers, Small Business Owners, and Advocates Celebrate the Passage of Earned Sick and Safe Days Legislation for New Jersey
April 12, 2018

U.S. NEWS: Lawmakers send Murphy Some, Not All, Bills in Liberal Agenda
April 12, 2018

NJ SPOTLIGHT: Pain Relief for College Students Overburdened by Loan Debt
April 12, 2018

INSIDERNJ.COM: The New Jersey Time to Care Coalition Members Celebrate, Discuss Significance of Earned Sick Days Bill Poised to Pass Thursday
April 10, 2018

NJ SPOTLIGHT: ‘Surprise’ Medical Bill Advances, with Hospitals on Board
April 8, 2018

NJ211.ORG: Organizations Promoting Free Financial Literacy and Resource Tools
April 2018

NJ SPOTLIGHT: Pleas for Increases in State Aid as Murphy’s Budget gets its First Close-Up
March 29, 2018

THE RECORD: Equal Pay for Women, Sick Time for All Workers on the Way to Becoming Law in New Jersey
March 26, 2018

NEWARK PATCH: Less than One Month Until Tax Day, File Your Taxes for Free
March 26, 2018

TAP INTO: Westfield 20/20 Sponsors Healtchare Forum with NJ Citizen Action
March 24, 2018

NJTVONLINE.ORG: Assembly Committee Advances Equal Pay Legislation
March 19, 2018

NJ101.5.COM: Equal Pay Bill Allowing Six Years’ Back Pay Races Towards Passage
March 19, 2018

WBGO.ORG: NJ Lawmakers Consider Pay Equity Bill
March 16, 2018

THE JERSEY JOURNAL: After Equifax scandal, Menendez bill would guard against hacks
September 22, 2017

THE STAR LEDGER: Menendez bill seeks to protect private data
September 21. 2017

BURLINGTON COUNTY TIMES: Overhaul opponents mobilizing against latest GOP bill
September 21, 2017

THE INQUIRER: At MacArthur’s office, a skirmish in the health-care battle
September 20, 2017 Woman joins Peace Corps, Hoboken girl wins pageant
September 19, 2017

LINK NEWS: 9th Annual Back to School Health Fair Seeks Huge Attendance
September 6, 2017

COURIER-POST: Healthcare problem solvers intent on sabotage of ACA
September 4, 2017

THE PATCH: Gottheimer’s problem solvers creating new problems
September 1, 2017

NEWARK PATCH: Newark Labor Day Rally Will Support ‘Fight For $15’
September 2, 2017

ASBURY PARK PRESS: It took a trip to D.C. to learn Smith’s views
September 1, 2017

Hunterdon Review: Progressive Hunterdon Democrats to host resistance meeting in Flemington
August 29, 2017

NJTV NEWS: Changes to ACA open enrollment period this fall
August 25, 2017

BURLINGTON COUNTY TIMES: MacArthur seeking support for health care plan
August 17, 2017

THE RECORD: Gottheimer seeks bipartisan fix to ACA
August 16, 2017

NJTV NEWS: New Jersey healthcare advocates rally to preserve ACA
August 1, 2017

WESTPORT NEWS: Governors Urge Bi-partisan Work on Healthcare
July 27, 2017

NEWS 12: Gov. Christie signs 72 bills, surprising some Democrats
July 24, 2017

THE RECORD: Attempt to undercut ACA is mean-spirited
July 24, 2017

NJ.COM: Christie vetoes paid family leave expansion
July 24, 2017

HERALD NEWS: Trump officials end health law help in 18 cities in U.S.
July 21, 2017

THE RECORD: Trump officials end health law help in 18 cities in U.S.
June 21, 2017

TAP INTO MONTCLAIR: Essex County Freeholders Pass Legislation to Support Minority-Owned, Women-Owned and Veteran-Owned Businesses
July 21, 2017 Hobby Lobby’s hypocrisy; let’s get a fair health bill
July 18, 2017

HOME NEWS TRIBUNE: The Daily Rundown
July 13, 2017

IRVINGTON HERALD: Smith honored by Essex County freeholders at Jewish Heritage Month Celebration July 13, 2017

THE TIMES: Support paid leave changes
July 13, 2017

PEOPLE’S WORLD: State budget struggles affect workers: Four now solved
July 10, 2017

THE STAR LEDGER: Support family leave act improvements
July 8, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD TIMES: Peyton’s Peek at the Week in Politics
July 6, 2017

BURLINGTON COUNTY TIMES: Making headway before adjourning
July 6, 2017 You may soon be protected from those surprise out-of-network medical bills
June 28, 2017

THE STAR LEDGER: Senate OKs measure shielding patients from surprise bills
June 28, 2017

NJ SPOTLIGHT: New plan for Horizon could require insurer to turn over funds to NJ
June 27, 2017

HERALD NEWS: Medical bill measure goes to N.J. Senate
June 27, 2017 Senate committee advances measure to protect N.J. patients from surprise medical bills
June 26, 2017

ASBURY PARK PRESS: Oscar comes back to N.J. health market
June 22, 2017

NJ SPOTLIGHT: Would reforms to small-business tax, minimum wage, family-leave fix NJ economy? June 13, 2017

NJTV NEWS: Advocates and critics await Christie’s decision on Paid Family Leave reform bill June 12, 2017

NRCC: Lizette Delgado-Polanco Elevated to Political Director at Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters June 12, 2017

SUNDAY STAR LEDGER: NJ reps vote to kill rules on Wall Street
June 11, 2017

THE RECORD: Rally in Wayne protests exit from Paris deal
June 9, 2017

SENTINEL: Focus on Benefits for Family/Medical Care
June 7, 2017

BURLINGTON COUNTY TIMES: Trump to help raise funds for MacArthur
June 6, 2017 Democrats to hold forum for congressional candidates in 7th District
June 5, 2017

THE STAR LEDGER: Her Surprise Medical Bill
June 4, 2017

ASBURY PARK PRESS: Murphy ‘laser-focused’ on primary
June 2, 2017

ASBURY PARK PRESS: Lawmakers want broader family leave
May 24, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD TIMES: Protests to Continue Outside Lance’s Office
May 25, 2017

THE RECORD: Lawmakers want to expand New Jersey paid family leave
May 24, 2017

NEW JERSEY LAW JOURNAL: Broad Expansion of Paid Family Leave Proposed for NJ
May 23, 2017

COURIER POST: An ‘unhappy birthday’ party for Donald Trump
May 16, 2017

ASBURY PARK PRESS: Rape pre-existing condition?
May 14, 2017

COURIER POST: MacArthur faces anger, frustrations at marathon town hall in Willingboro May 12, 2017

COURIER POST: Unfriendly reception for MacArthur
May 12, 2017

THE TRENTONIAN: Republican who helped pass health overhaul meeting voters
May 11, 2017

BURLINGTON COUNTY TIMES: Hundreds protest healthcare bill
May 11, 2017

CBS PHILLY: Rep. Tom MacArthur’s Health Care Vote Draws Protesters In NJ
May 11, 2017

ASBURY PARK PRESS: Protests greet MacArthur at town hall
May 11, 2017

THE STAR LEDGER: Town hall crowd in ill humor for Rep.
May 11, 2017

BURLINGTON COUNTY TIMES: Protesters plan rally at MacArthur gathering
May 9, 2017

BURLINGTON COUNTY TIMES: Voters See MacArthur as Savior, Target
May 7, 2017

COURIER POST: MacArthur town hall to be held in Willingboro
May 7, 2017

BURLINGTON COUNTY TIMES: House passes health care bill
May 5, 2017

WEST ORANGE CHRONICLE: Remembering Longtime West Orange Activist Ruth Bardach May 4, 2017

SUNDAY STAR LEDGER: Trump’s plan to ax safeguards will be ruinous for New Jersey
April 30, 2017

THE RECORD: Obamacare is still the law of the land, despite repeal efforts
April 29, 2017

BURLINGTON COUNTY TIMES: Health care bill revision draws mixed reviews
April 27, 2017

DAILY RECORD: Rep. MacArthur takes lead on new GOP bill
April 27, 2017

TAP INTO IT MONTCLAIR: Montclair Fund for Women Awards Grants to Local Area Nonprofits April 26, 2017

eNEWS PARK FOREST: “No Beds, No Boots, No Wall” Demands National Grassroots Network April 25, 2017

NJ SPOTLIGHT: Trump Budget Cuts Could Leave Poor NJ Residents in the Cold
April 21, 2017

INSIDER NJ: New Jersey Citizen Action Buzzes MacArthur’s District
April 17, 2017

BURLINGTON COUNTY TIMES: Middle Ground: Tom MacArthur responds to attacks about his health care vote from both sides
April 13, 2017

NJTV NEWS: Investment Advisers Could Put Personal Interests Above Clients
April 12, 2017

BURLINGTON COUNTY TIMES: GOP moves on without health care overhaul
March 26, 2017

HEALIO GASTROENTEROLOGY: NJHA, AARP voice concern ahead of House vote on American Health Care Act
March 24, 2017

OCEAN STAR: National Organization for Women Forum/Networking
March 24, 2017

PHILLY VOICE: At South Jersey meeting on GOP health plan, news of a vote delay
March 23, 2017

COURIER POST: Democrats cite harm to NJ from Republican health bill
March 23, 2017

THE RECORD: Dems cite harm to NJ from GOP health bill
March 22, 2017

COURIER NEWS: Dems tell gov: Talk with Trump
March 22, 2017

BURLINGTON COUNTY TIMES: MacArthur to vote “yes” on GOP health care overhaul
March 22, 2017

NJ.COM: Hunterdon activists ask Freeholders to support Obamacare
March 21, 2017

NORTHJERSEY.COM: Democrats cite harm to NJ from Republican bill
March 21, 2017

NJ BIZ: GOP’s American Health Care Act: “The end of Medicaid as we know it”
March 20, 2017

THE PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY: Governor contenders weigh in on U.S. health care bill
March 19. 2017

WESTFIELD PATCH: N.J. Activists Plan Healthcare “Stakeouts” in Wesfield
March 16, 2017

OCEAN CITY PATCH: N.J. Activists Plan Healthcare “Stakeout” Outside Frank LoBiondio’s Office 
March 15, 2017

BURLINGTON COUNTY TIMES:  N.J. Activists Plan Healthcare “Stakeout” Outside Frank LoBiondio’s Office
March 23, 2017

COURIER NEWS: Stay informed, stay engaged
March 12, 2017

NEW JERSEY HILLS: Local grass root groups to protest Lance health care vote Friday morning
March 9, 2017

HUNTERDON REVIEW: New Jersey Citizen Action, locals, will rally Wednesday outside Rep. Lance’s Raritan Township, Westfield offices
March 8, 2017

BURLINGTON COUNTY TIMES: MacArthur to hold in-person town hall in Ocean County
March 5, 2017

COURIER POST: “Obamacare” repeal could leave NJ seniors strapped
February 27, 2017

BURLINGTON COUNTY TIMES: MacArthur meets with protesters
February 26, 2017

HERALD NEWS: Casualties of an ACA fast repeal
February 23, 2017

COURIER POST: MacArthur critics hold town hall
February 23, 2017

HOME NEWS TRIBUNE: Protesters gather at Lance town hall
February 23, 2017

HOME NEWS TRIBUNE: Lance braves critics in “vigorous” meeting
February 23, 2017

THE COURIER-NEWS: NJ to lose billions if ACA repealed, advocates say
February 23, 2017

THE COURIER-NEWS: Big stakes for Central Jersey in Obamacare repeal effort
February 23, 2017

ASBURY PARK PRESS: Angry constituents slam away at Lance at town hall
February 23, 2017

THE RECORD: Casualties of an ACA fast repeal
February 23, 2017

THE RECORD: For lawmakers, angry voters ready to vent
February 23, 2017

CITIZEN: Rep Lance’s chief of staff defends town hall ticketing distribution
February 22, 2017

THE STAR LEDGER NEWARK: Angry voters ready to vent at lawmaker
February 22, 2017

BURLINGTON COUNTY TIMES: Think tank: ACA repeal would have dire effect
February 22, 2017

THE RECORD: ACA repeal could be costly
February 22, 2017

THE JERSEY JOURNAL: Payne to protesters: “The resistance must build”
February 21, 2017

UNION COUNTY LOCAL SOURCELocal movements push back against Lance’s position
February 16, 2017

COURIER POST: Officials refusal to hold town halls prompts a visit from protesters
February 16, 2017

THE TIMES: Don’t let consumer watchdog be defanged
February 14, 2017

HERALD NEWS: Judges refuse to reinstate the travel ban
February 10, 2017

WESTFIELD LEADER: Protests to Continue in Front of Lance’s Office
February 9, 2017

THE RECORD: Trump to take aim at Dodd-Frank Act
February 4, 2017

ASBURY PARK PRESS: As Obamacare deadline looms, N.J. wonders what’s next
January 31, 2017

THE COURIER NEWS: Officials criticize immigration orders
January 31, 2017

THE COURIER NEWS: ACA beneficiaries facing uncertainty
January 31, 2017

ASBURY PARK PRESS: Protests Arise in NJ Against Trump Order
January 30, 2017- Neptune, NJ

THE RECORD: Protests Erupt Over Refugee Ban
January 29, 2017

ASBURY PARK PRESS: Do Tax Anticipation Loans Make Sense?
January 29, 2017

U.S. 1: How to Avoid Out-of-Network Charges
January 27, 2017

ECHOES SENTINEL: Group “VOW”s to hold reps accountable under Trump
January 26, 2017

THE PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY: Bill Would Require Drug Screening for High School Students
January 25, 2017

COURIER NEWS: NJ Filers May Wait Longer for Refunds
January 24, 2017

January 23, 2017

THE STAR LEDGER: Your N.J. tax refund may be delayed this year, state says
January 23, 2017

THE RECORD: Women’s March on Nation’s Capital
January 22, 2017

THE TIMES:  Plea to thousands at N.J. women’s march: ‘Don’t let this be your last
January 21, 2017

THE TIMES: Unity, anger and calls to action highlight massive Washington Women’s March
anuary 21, 2017

COURIER POST: Crowds for Women’s March on Washington exceed expectations
January 21, 2017- WASHINGTON

COURIER NEWS: Central Jersey teens, families go to Washington for inauguration
January 21, 2017

THE TRENTONIAN: Women’s March on D.C. Offers a Chance to Stand United
January 20, 2017

BURLINGTON COUNTY TIMES: Advocates for Health Law Rally Outside MacArthur’s Office
anuary 19, 2017

ASBURY PARK PRESS:Lawmakers Being Urged Not to Kill Obamacare
January 19, 2017

HERALD NEWS: Health cares advocates hold vigils at Republican offices
January 19, 2017

COURIER POST: Marlton vigil draws ACA supporters
January 18, 2017

THE SUNDAY STAR LEDGER: N.J. sending 300 buses to Women’s March on Washington as ticket prices soar
January 18, 2017

THE STAR LEDGER-NEWARK: Buses at Premium for Women’s March in D.C.
January, 18, 2017

ASBURY PARK PRESS: Shore lawmakers told to keep Obamacare
January 18, 2017

THE TIMES RECORD NEWS: So long from White House: Obama aims final messages at Trump
January 18, 2017

BURLINGTON COUNTY TIMES: Trump’s Health Policy Still Hazy
January 16, 2017

ASBURY PARK SUNDAY PRESS/ COURIER POST: Call to Enforce Existing Laws to Aid Tenants
January 15, 2017

ASBURY PARK PRESS: Officials: Action needed on ‘Renter Hell’
January 14, 2016

COURIER POST: Billions for Squalor: State’s Rental Housing Plagued by Issues
January 6, 2017

anuary 4, 2017

THE PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY: Surprise Medical Bills Still Targeted
December 27, 2016

SUNDAY STAR LEDGER: How Gov’s Bill Were Torpedoed
December 25, 2016

NEW JERSEY HERALD: Vote on Public Notice Delayed
December 20, 2016

HOME NEWS TRIBUNE: Defeat Signals Major Loss for Christie
December 20, 2016

HERALD NEWS: Christie in retreat after rare rebuke by Legislature
December 19, 2016

THE COURIER NEWS: Analysis: Ad-Bill Savings Not Certain
December 17, 2016

ASBURY PARK PRESS: When will Asbury’s Century Pawnbroker Reopen?
December 16, 2016

COURIER POST: Christie, on Twitter, upbraids Dems over newspaper bill
December 16, 2016

HERALD NEWS: Panels OK Bill to Change Rule on Ad Despite Outcry
December 16, 2017

BURLINGTON COUNTY TIMES: Bill Allows Legal Notices to be Posted on Websites
December 16, 2016

NJ.COM:In statement to Trump, N.J. mobilizing for Women’s March on Washington
December 11, 2016

SUNDAY STAR LEDGER: Women’s March to Send a “Bold Message”
December 11, 2016

NEWS RECORD: Slafkes Offers Expertise
December 8, 2016

HERALD NEWS: Women’s March with a Message
December 6, 2016

GAZETTE HAWTHORNE: Women’s March in D.C, to Protest the Inauguration
December 6, 2016

THE STAR LEDGER NEWARK: Doctors Stall Effort to Limit Hospital Bills
December 6, 2016

BURLINGTON COUNTY TIMES: Rollback would Cut Tax-funded Insurance
November 28, 2016

DAILY RECORD: What’s Next for Obamacare?
November 10, 2016

SENTINEL: Senate Approves Bill to Prevent Casino “Warehousing”
November 3, 2016

DAILY JOURNAL: Gas Tax Vote Moved Back to Friday
October 26, 2016

THE STAR LEDGER: Higher Tax Credit Urged for Working Poor
October 26, 2016

Press Releases

A letter signed by 34 groups, including major health care consumer groups, unions and employers who provide coverage for their members and employees, was sent today to Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Senate President Stephen Sweeney. The groups call on both leaders to support the Out-of-Network Consumer Protection, Cost Containment, Transparency and Accountability Act (A1952/S1285) that has been stalled in the legislature.

Today, 25 groups who advocate for low and middle income New Jerseyans sent a letter to the members of the New Jersey Senate opposing Governor Christie’s and the Assembly’s Transportation Trust Fund (TTF)/ sales tax deal. These groups, along with New Jersey Citizen Action, remember the painful budget cuts that Christie imposed in 2010. The cuts that this TTF / sales tax deal would necessitate would be similarly painful.

National Consumer and Business Groups Join NJ Advocates To Call on Legislators to Protect Consumers, Reign in Costs of Surprise Medical Bills

(June 16, 2016) Highland Park, NJ – New Jersey Policy Perspective and the NJ for Health Care Coalition, a diverse collection of organizations which represent health care consumers, released a report today that illustrates the huge fiscal impact that surprise out-of-network bills are having on consumers and health care costs in New Jersey.

New Jersey Citizen Action Says Rule Needs Work, Poses Problems for States with Stronger Laws

(June 2, 2016) Newark, NJNew Jersey Citizen Action (NJCA) hails the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issuing a proposed national rule, which attempts to eliminate abusive payday and car title lending.  NJCA, however, urges the Bureau to issue a final rule without loopholes that do not require an ability-to-repay assessment across the board, which could undermine the strong state usury and other consumer protection laws in place in New Jersey.

(April 5, 2016) Trenton, NJ – Today in a State House Press Conference, Governor Christie announced $10 million in the FY2016 budget for lead containment and abatement programs for low and moderate income New Jerseyans, in a huge victory for the #LeadFreeKidsNJ Campaign.

New Jersey Citizen Action Calls For Christie’s Impeachment

(March 4, 2016) Newark, NJ – Today, New Jersey Citizen Action called on the New Jersey Assembly to initiate impeachment proceedings against Governor Christie. The announcement comes amid mounting calls, including 7 newspapers and members of his own party, for Governor Christie’s resignation.

Victory for NJ Consumers and Pension Holders:  State Divests Pension Funds From Illegal Payday Lenders

(January 27, 2016) Trenton, NJ – Today, New Jersey Citizen Action (NJCA) commended the New Jersey State Investment Council (NJSIC) on its announcement that it has formally divested New Jersey pension fund money from JLL Partners, which used millions of pension funds to purchase the second largest predatory payday lender, ACE Cash Express.  ACE was fined $10 million in 2014 by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for its predatory lending and illegal debt collection practices.

New Jersey Citizen Action Kicks Off Annual Opening of Free Tax Preparation Center

NJCA has helped over 26,000 New Jerseyans Claim $40M in refunds, $15M in Earned Income Tax Credit, Over Past Decade of Free Tax Prep Service

Newark, NJ – On Wednesday, January 20, Phyllis Salowe-Kaye, Executive Director of New Jersey Citizen Action, Congressman Donald Payne Jr., Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver, Assemblyman Jamel Holley, Newark Council President Mildred Crump, Internal Revenue service (IRS), and community partners will mark the Annual Opening of NJCA’s Tax Center located at 165 Halsey Street, Newark, NJ 07102.  The event will kick off with a press conference at 10:30 a.m.  There will be photo opportunities with clients receiving free services at the event.

Feds Announce 2 Day Extension For Consumers Seeking Health Coverage Effective January 1

Highland Park, NJ – NJ for Health Care Coalition partners working to educate New Jersey consumers on health options available to them under the Affordable Care Act were pleased with the announcement that consumers will have two additional days to enroll in order to be covered on the first day of the New Year.

NJ for Health Care Coalition Applauds Assembly Financial Institutions & Insurance Committee for Advancing Strong Bill to Protect Consumers from Surprise Medical Bills

Trenton, NJ – Members of the NJ for Health Care Coalition, a diverse collection of organizations which represent health care consumers, applauded the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee for advancing a strong bill to protect consumers from Surprise Medical Bills.  The bill passed by a majority vote.

Statement on NJ State Investment Council’s Failure to Conclude Divesting State Pension Fund from Illegal Payday Lender

New Jersey Citizen Action (NJCA) expressed great disappointment over the New Jersey State Investment Council’s (NJSIC) failure to formally divest New Jersey pension funds from JLL Partners, which used $50 million of pension funds to purchase the second largest predatory payday lender in the nation, ACE Cash Express.  Back in September, NJSIC indicated that they would complete divesting by its November meeting.  ACE was fined $10 million in 2014 by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for its predatory lending and illegal debt collection practices.

NJ Consumer Advocates Ramp Up Demand for Divestment from Payday Lender

New Jersey Citizen Action and other state advocacy organizations held a press conference to push their demand that the  New Jersey State Investment  Council, (NJSIC) divest New Jersey pension fund money from JLL Partners and the nation’s second largest predatory payday lender, ACE Cash Express.

Media Highlights

NJ Received $59M From Pharmaceutical, Medical Device Industry in 2015

August 16, 2016 – Asked by NJTV about a recently released federal report about funds received by hospitals and doctors from pharmaceutical and medical device industry, New Jersey Citizen Action Health Care Organizer India Hayes Larrier said, “Transparency without any action on the back end is useless.  What we would like to see the action be is that people who are doing this sort of spending, the people who are recipients of this sort of spending would be held accountable. That you must show where this benefits the consumer and does not increase their costs.”

Blog post by the Partners for Health Foundation on the impact of Citizen Action’s Montclair VITA Program during the 2016 tax season 

July 11, 2016 – As New Jersey continues to struggle with a poor economy marked by high rates of unemployment, foreclosures, and an increasing cost of living, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) remains a crucial lifeline for low-income families. By lifting families out of poverty and giving a boost to local economies, the EITC is a vital tax credit for the more than 600,000 working New Jerseyans who rely on it ‘to make ends meet.’ Unfortunately, many families are unaware that the EITC even exists, or that they are eligible for these tax credits. In other instances, they spend hundreds of dollars paying high cost tax preparers for services that are available for free at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites. In response to this need, Partners for Health Foundation partnered with New Jersey Citizen Action and United Way of Northern New Jersey to provide free tax preparation services to make it easier for community members to take full advantage of tax credits that are due to them.

New Jersey Braces for Record Spending on Voter Referendums

July 6, 2016 – Dena Mottola Jaborska of New Jersey Citizen Action, a Trenton-based group whose mission is to fight for economic and social justice, said she can’t remember a year when there were this many high-stakes issues on the ballot.

“There is going to be beaucoups money spent on the casino question and the pension question. Those two alone are going to be big bucks,” she said. “It means that it will take away all the energy and resources to work on anything else this fall. It’s going to take money away from the presidential and congressional races.

Op-Ed:  SALOWE-KAYE: Shark week warning at the Shore

July 1, 2016 – “Today, we finally have a chance to stop the payday loan shark feeding frenzy in New Jersey and across the country. The CFPB has issued the first national rules to regulate small-dollar lending nationwide. The CFPB rule does address key dangers inherent in predatory payday and auto title loans, but the rule is not as comprehensive as it should be and could appear to sanction the industry enough to undermine existing state protections. The CFPB’s proposed rule needs to be stronger to prevent payday lenders from making any loans without assessing whether the borrower has the ability to repay and from marketing them to our states online.”

Assembly TTF Bill Draws Criticism from Progressives and Business Groups Alike

June 29, 2016 – Weinberg, who joined Lesniak and Wisniewski for that press conference along with a slew of left-leaning advocacy groups including New Jersey Working Families, the New Jersey Education Association, New Jersey Policy Perspective, the Anti-Poverty Network, and the New Jersey Citizen Action, told PolitickerNJ on Tuesday that does not believe the state will be able to both pay its pension obligations and accept that cut to the sales tax.

Power company agrees to end contributions to Scott Garrett

June 22, 2016 – First Energy, the company that owns Jersey Central Power and Light, agreed to stop its support ahead of a planned protest organized by Assemblyman Tim Eustace (D-Bergen), along with New Jersey Citizen Action, Garden State Equality, New Jersey Sierra Club and Health Professionals and Allied Employees.

New Jersey Residents Seek to End Congressman Scott Garrett’s hateful, Anti-LGBT Actions

June 20, 2016 – “Congressman Garrett is openly and belligerently anti-gay. Incredibly, he doesn’t see anything wrong with being that way,” said Phyllis Salowe-Kaye, the head of NJCA. “Common decency requires that that JCP&L join the civilized society and stop continuing to enable him in spewing his hate, by financially supporting him.” Salowe-Kaye added.

N.J. lawmakers clamp down on ‘surprise’ medical bills

June 20, 2016 – “Surprise bills are driving up the cost of insurance and unfairly penalizing New Jerseyans who do all the right things — buying insurance and using in-network providers,” said Maura Collinsgru, health policy advocate for N.J. Citizen Action, a consumer and labor group.

New Jersey gas tax plan gets bipartisan rebuke

June 16, 2016 – that the fund for repairing and replacing roads and bridges needs replenishment, Ann Vardeman with New Jersey Citizen Action says the Transportation Trust Fund said eliminating the estate tax is shortsighted.

“What are you going to cut, who are you going to lay off, what bill are you not going to pay with a half billion dollars less in revenue?” she sa

Surprise out-of-network med bills cost NJ $1B

June 16, 2016 – New Jersey consumers pay nearly $1 billion more in health care premiums because patients are unwittingly treated by doctors and hospitals that aren’t in their insurance networks, much to their surprise, according to a study released Thursday by advocacy groups.

The unexpected out-of-network bills contribute to New Jersey’s health care costs that are among the highest in the nation, the study by New Jersey Policy Perspective and NJ for Health Care found.

Revised out-of-network legislation going before Assembly panel on Monday

June 16, 2016 – For 18 months, stakeholders labored over the out-of-network bill, but it has seen no action since last November, according to Maura Collinsgru, health care program director at New Jersey Citizen Action.

An amended version of the bill, however, is set to be discussed Monday at the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance committee.

Report: Out-of-network care drives premiums in N.J. up by nearly $200

June 16, 2016 – The report was released on a “day of action” by NJ For Health Care, a coalition organized by New Jersey Citizen Action, a statewide community action and advocacy group. The coalition urged legislators to pass a law that would protect consumers and contain costs, while making health-care pricing more transparent. Last year, a measure introduced by four Democratic lawmakers after months of discussion with various interest groups failed to make it out of committee.

Gun Control Advocates Rally At Congressman Garrett’s Glen Rock Office

June 15, 2016 – The protestors included Glen Rock Mayor Bruce Packer and state Assemblyman Tim Eustace, as well as members of “Mom’s Demand Action Against Gun Violence” and New Jersey Citizen Action.

Trump Helps Christie Pay Off His Campaign Debt

May 20, 2016 – Outside the event, protesters panned Christie and Trump, chanting, “No hate in the Garden State.”

One sign branded Trump a “Nazi.” Overhead a plane flew with the message “Make New Jersey Great Again: #DumpChristieTrump” _ the work of the liberal group New Jersey Citizen Action.

NJ Mayors, Fed. Lawmakers Promote Paid Sick Leave Bill (May 20, 2016)

Paid Leave Gathering (May 20,2016)

Trump fundraiser in New Jersey draws hundreds of protestors

May 19, 2016 – Several organizations helped arrange the protest, including the New Jersey Citizen Action, New Jersey Working Families Alliance, New Jersey Sierra Club and the Amalgamated Transit Union. An airplane sponsored by New Jersey Citizen Action flew overhead displaying a banner that read “Make New Jersey Great Again. #DumpChristieTrump.”

New Jersey Lawmakers Advance Minimum Wage Legislation

May 16, 2016 – Phyllis Salowe-Kaye of New Jersey Citizen Action told WCBS 880’s Stephanie Colombini that a wage increase would be a crucial boost for the thousands of full-time workers in the state struggling to make ends meet.

“Not probably all they need, but certainly to level the playing field for them and allow them to have more security in their families,” Salowe-Kaye said.

Shore Mayors, Local Officials Slan NJNG’s Steep Rate Hike

April 13, 2016 – Dena Mottola Jaborska, Associate Director: “This is the kind of rate hike that you don’t see very often.  Quite frankly, this is not the time to do that. Utility companies are here to serve the public interest.”

Menedez Bill Seeks Protection for Consumers Overwhelmed by Medical Debt

March 25, 2016 – Beverly Brown Ruggia, CRA Organizer:  “One of the leading factors that contributes to foreclosure and bankruptcy is medical debt,” she noted. “The Medical Debt Relief Act will give patients and their families the time to recuperate from the shock of sudden and/or debilitating illness before they have to sort out the financial transactions that result from medical treatment and care.”

New Legislation Would Make NJ’s Lead Reference Level the Same as CDCs

March 14, 2016 – Ann Vardeman, Program Director: “What we’re doing instead of these inspections of single- and two-family rental units for lead, we’re using our children as human lead detectors.”

Add $10M to Budget to Fight Lead Poisoning in NJ’s Kids, Advocates Urge

February 2, 2016 – More children with high blood-lead levels have been found in some of state’s older cities than in Flint, MI.

When Gov. Chris Christie unveils his budget for the next fiscal year on February 15, it ought to include $10 million to fight lead poisoning in New Jersey, community groups urged yesterday.

ACA open enrollment extended due to ‘unprecedented’ demand, traffic on

December 17, 2015After an “unprecedented” number of last-minute calls and clicks to, federal officials are giving people a little more time to sign up for health insurance coverage that begins Jan. 1.

Controversy Arises Over Proposed Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

December 15, 2015On December 16th, New Brunswick City Council will hold a public hearing and, perhaps a final vote, on the city’s proposed Paid Sick Leave Ordinance.

Over 80,000 New Jerseyans find insurance plans under Obamacare ahead of deadline

December 9, 2015 – More than 80,000 people in New Jersey have selected insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act since Nov. 1 and local advocates are canvassing North Jersey to encourage people to sign up before Tuesday’s deadline for coverage starting in January.

‘Greed’ helped stall N.J. bill to curb surprise out-of-network medical costs: lawmaker

December 11, 2015 – Legislation that would prevent New Jersey consumers from getting surprise out-of-network medical bills stalled Thursday when the sponsor pulled it from a committee agenda after learning it did not have enough votes to pass.

NJ coalition blasts proposal to exchange estate tax for gas tax hike

December 3, 2015The hot topic at the State House in Trenton for well over a year has been increasing the gas tax to replenish the nearly bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund. The talk heated up again Tuesday when a coalition called “Better Choice Choices for New Jersey” held a press conference and blasted a long-rumored proposal to eliminate the state’s inheritance and/or estate tax in exchange for the gas tax hike.

N.J. lawmakers take action on surprise out of network medical costs

November 23, 2015 – A state Assembly committee Monday approved legislation that would prevent consumers in New Jersey from getting surprise out-of-network medical bills that can saddle them with huge bills. The measure would require hospitals and doctors to disclose whether they are part of a person’s insurance network before treatment occurs.

Executive Director Phyllis Salowe-Kaye’s op-ed in the Star Ledger

October 15, 2015 – Essex County sets example for N.J. by backing banks that support low-income neighborhoods.

NJTV on our roundtable with Rep. Pallone on the 5 year anniversary of Dodd Frank financial reform.

July 27, 2015