2018 Summer Newsletter


I will be attending HCDO dinner tonight honoring US Senator Bob Menendez with special guest Governor Phil Murphy. I stand with Bob, Phil and other democrats and I stand against the Trump Republican Party.

Tonight I will drive past the protestors and recognize many friends - colleagues, former students, and probably a few former players and parents from soccer teams I have coached in Bayonne.

Immigration Reform has been a wedge issue in this country since our founding. My former political science and public administration students understand how it has been used to insight anger and violence but also how these struggles have lead to incredible progress in our Democracy.

As the son of immigrants, I understand the opportunity America presents to those looking for a better life. The reality is that all my success is tied directly to the decision of my family to come to this country. Of course, it was fortunate that both my grandparents and parents joined unions - seamstress, longshoreman, electrical and teachers - which provided a path to the American Dream and middle class.

The debate on the ICE contract is an important one - but not in regards to immigration reform. I think everyone at Liberty House would agree the 1. There needs to be a pathway to citizenship. 2. Undocumented residents should not be detained for simply being undocumented. 3. Anyone, regardless of immigration status, who commits a violent crime should be prosecuted. 4. There has been no stronger advocate for immigration reform in the United States Senate than Bob Menendez.

I know my progressive friends will hate to hear this, but the debate on the ICE contract is bigger than immigration - it is about the monetization of our public prison system. For years, many of us have been outspoken critics of the privatization of prisons and prison industrial complex. (Should sound familiar to some of my students). Today, that private system has been replaced by a public system that follows a similar market driven philosophy. Quite simply, each cell needs to be filled to maximize profits. That is exactly the wrong approach for public policy leaders. We should want to create a society where prisons are no longer needed; where occupancy rates plummet. In this society, we are providing services to the community which prevents the necessity of large prison complexes.

In New Jersey, bail reform has gone a long way to shrinking prison populations. Now we need to invest in some other core issues to continue this trend. These include job training programs, mental health services, and quality public education systems, among others. NJ also needs to study consolidated state and county prison systems. A major component of this work should include working with correction officers on career development and transition opportunities.

National Night Out in Bayonne

The Guy Who Made a Killing


Chiaravalloti Bill for Transportation Services to Aid in School Funding Gains Assembly Panel Approval

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Chiaravalloti Bill for Transportation Services to Aid in School Funding Gains Assembly Panel Approval

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti to establish a 20 cent per ride fee on certain prearranged rides, dedicating revenue to schools, was approved by the Assembly Budget Committee on Tuesday.

This fee would pertain to prearranged rides provided by transportation network companies and would be adjusted annually for inflation. The fee would only be applied if the ride is provided entirely within the state.

"These days, it is difficult to find people who are not taking advantage of prearranged ride services such as Uber and Lyft," said Chiaravalloti (D-Hudson). "Devoting some of the increasing revenue coming from these services to our schools is significantly beneficial to our students as well as our state."

Under the bill (A-4061), transportation network companies would be required to collect the fees and pay them quarterly. The fees are governed by the State Uniform Tax Procedure Law, and the Director of the Division of Taxation would be authorized to immediately issue rules to carry through the purpose of the bill.

The money collected from this fee would be deposited in the Property Tax Relief Fund and would be used as aid to school districts.

Extra time would be given before this measure becomes active to allow transportation network companies and the Division of Taxation to take necessary preparatory action to comply with it.

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Joint Assembly /Senate Transportation Committee meets to discuss Paramus school bus accident.

On Monday, June 18th, 2018 the Assembly and Senate Transportation Committee held a joint session to discuss  the Paramus School bus accident. An 11 year-old bus crash victim, Peter C, delivered his emotional experience of that day.

"Now, a month after this terrible accident we need to take action and fix the delay in communications between departments," said Chiaravalloti


Chiaravalloti voices support for "Complete Streets" & Vision Zero


Assemblyman Chiaravalloti invited Jersey City Transit Planner, Barkha Patel, to testify on a resolution encouraging New Jersey municipalities to adopt "complete streets" program.  "Jersey City has been a leader in fulfilling the complete streets urban planning vision and their commitment to safe streets is a model for the rest of New Jersey.  Mayor Fulop and his administration have a done a great job making sustainable urban planning a reality in one of the state's largest cities," said Chiaravalloti

"Complete streets" is conscientious urban planning that seeks to provide  safe access for pedestrians, bicyclists and public transportation users.

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Spring Newsletter

Game Changer at 14A

As a member of the Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee,  today was a great day for Bayonne! Governor Muprhy joined us in Bayonne to announce the completion of the 14A improvement project. We all know there will still be traffic but this project eases most of the in city backups. 



Proposed Expansion of Educational Opportunity Fund and Tuition Aid Grants to Provide Affordability for More Students

Governor Murphy Underscores Commitment to Bolster Higher Education Assistance

Proposed Expansion of Educational Opportunity Fund and Tuition Aid Grants to Provide Affordability for More Students

Jersey City – Emphasizing his commitment to making higher education more affordable for New Jersey students, Governor Phil Murphy further outlined his goals during a roundtable discussion at New Jersey City University in Jersey City.  The Governor’s proposed 2019 budget contains $8.5 million for the expansion of Tuition Aid Grants (TAG) and the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF).

“Our goal is to keep a college degree within reach for working families and those who come from economically disadvantaged areas,” said Governor Murphy. “These investments will ensure that students can continue to realize their dreams because no one should be deprived from getting an education based on where they’re from, or their background, or current economic status, or their abilities. This is a matter of fairness that will lead to a stronger future for our students and for New Jersey.”

Overall, Governor Murphy’s proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget allocates $2.4 billion in total appropriations for higher education, including funding for facilities and capital and represents an overall increase of $69.9 million over last year’s budget. 

“The Governor’s proposed increase in funding for these programs will assist students in need at our New Jersey institutions of higher learning, both two-year and four-year,” said Acting Secretary of Higher Education Zakiya Smith Ellis. “This will help to improve affordability and opportunity for those pursuing a higher education.” 

Governor Murphy’s college affordability plan strengthens student assistance for Tuition Aid Grants (TAG) and the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) by $7 million and $1.5 million, respectively.

Proposed Fiscal Year 2019 TAG funding of $432.9 million is projected to aid more than 67,500 students – an increase of nearly 3,500 TAG awards over the current year.

The $7 million increase in funding for Fiscal Year 2019 will ensure continued access to need-based financial assistance for qualified students, by increasing award amounts provided to all qualified applicants at levels not to exceed 2 percent above those levels provided in the prior fiscal year.

In addition, the Governor’s proposed budget strengthens EOF by preserving the $5 million the legislature put into the Fiscal Year 2018 budget for EOF and including an additional $1.5 million of support to the EOF program.

After successive years of cuts, this is the first consistent commitment to this overwhelmingly successful program that has been made in almost a decade.

“I’m excited to be part of a discussion that leads to an increase in educational opportunities for students from economically challenged backgrounds,” said Senator Sandra B. Cunningham, Chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee. “Tuition Aid Grants and grants from New Jersey’s Education Opportunity Fund are based on financial need and also take into account the environments from which students are coming from. That’s why we have added $8.5 million in funding for these grants in the proposed budget. TAG and EOF grants don’t just open the door to higher education, they can ensure that once a student is inside, they can stay and learn.”

“The Tuition Assistance Grant and the Equal Opportunity Fund programs serve low-income, first generation students in every county of the state,” Assemblyman Nicholas A. Chiaravalotti said. “Students which demonstrate a commitment, motivation and potential for success in higher education and beyond. Investment in these programs is imperative and I applaud Governor Murphy for prioritizing higher education and his increased proposed funding for both the TAG and EOF programs.”

"I applaud Governor Murphy’s proposed expansion of TAG and EOF funding,” said Assemblywoman Angela V. McKnight. “Knowledge is power; by investing in our youth who otherwise may not have been given an opportunity to attend an institution of higher education, we are assuring New Jersey creates an atmosphere for those brilliant minds to flourish.”



Bill A360 passes Assembly 70 -1

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Bill to Lift Fees Related to Security Freezes from Consumer Reports without Charge Passes.

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Assembly Panel Clears Bill Package to Uphold Net Neutrality in the Garden State

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Bayonne High School threat


“I commend Mayor Davis and interim Superintendent Wanko for the rapid response to the perceived threat at Bayonne High school.  As parents of three young boys, Nancy and I are concerned and sensitive to any potential threats.” Said Chiaravalloti (D-Hudson)

“I was proud of how Mayor Davis,  interim Superintendent Wanko and Bayonne Police Department responded to today’s incident.  In the Assembly, I voted in favor of legislation which created a special class of law enforcement officers to undergo specialized training covering security issues that routinely arise in the school setting.  I am encouraged that Bayonne is working to  implement this new law.” Said Chiaravalloti (D-Hudson)

Please see link. Christie signs bill letting armed, retired cops provide security in N.J. schools

Assemblyman Chiaravalloti recognizes 50th anniversary of NJ EOF

Today's vote on socks for the Homeless Day

Today Assemblyman Chiaravalloti had the honor of hosting a young Bayonne resident, Jaeanna Elizabeth Wilson. Jeanna has been doing fantastic charitable work for the homeless population in our community. She accompanied the Assemblyman down to the New Jersey State house for a legislation designating Feb 14th as "Socks for the Homeless Day".  #BayonnePride#Socksforthehomeless



Chiaravalloti asks state comptroller to investigate NJ Reach

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Chiaravalloti asks state comptroller to investigate NJ Reach

(Bayonne)- Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-31) has requested that the New Jersey State Comptroller investigate all funds that had been appropriated for the NJ Reach project. The NJ Reach project was created under former Governor Chris Christie to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic. Funds were re-appropriated from underfunded programs and directed to a fund
that was solely dedicated to the creation of advertisements for NJ Reach.

Chiaravalloti voiced his concerns: “The opioid epidemic has devastated New Jersey, nearly 2,000 individuals died from overdoses in 2016 alone. The legislature authorized the governor to create NJ Reach in good faith- this is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. But the governor took money away from pre-school expansion, school construction and college tuition grants. These are issues that are frequently discussed as being underfunded. It is bothersome that important funds were slashed to benefit the former governor and the consultants that created the advertisements.”

“These advertisements were designed to promote Christie and was not solely created for the victims and families of the opioid epidemic. This is clearly evident by Christie’s prominence in all the ads. These ads were costly, took away from necessary funds and had a limited shelf life. These ads are unusable by any administration. This money could have been spent on treatment
programs to directly assist victims of the epidemic- not wasted on production edits featuring Christie.” Said Chiaravalloti (D-31)

NJ Reach was created in 2017 and received budgeted funds for 2017 and 2018. In the two years, nearly 6 million dollars were redirected from preschool expansion aid and 19 million dollars were redirected from school construction fund. The program also received almost 9 million dollars in 2018 from the Tuition Aid Grant program.

“New Jerseyans have a right to know why these specific funds were chosen to be slashed, what was the process behind hiring consultants and who was involved in the program’s strategy. Why were funds mismanaged on ads that can only be used under one administration?” Stated Chiaravalloti (D-31)

Net Neutrality Executive Order

Governor Murphy and Chiaravalloti lead the way on Net Neutrality.


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Socks for the Homeless

Assemblyman Chiaravalloti discussing "Socks for the Homeless" Day. A young Bayonne resident, Jae Anna Elizabeth Wilson, has done excellent work collecting socks for the homeless population. #BayonnePride #Socksforthehomeless

Distracted Driving

"I have been working on raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving since joining the NJ General Assembly.  The videos and outcomes from multiple studies are both startling and a warning.  This is an issue that needs to be taken seriously."

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Bill to Help Domestic Violence Victims Opt-Out of Bundled or Multi-Year Phone and Cable Contracts Signed Into Law

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Chaparro & Chiaravalloti Bill to Help Domestic Violence Victims Opt-Out of Bundled or Multi-Year Phone and Cable Contracts Signed Into Law

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Bill Increasing Eligibility for Tuition Aid Grants Now Law

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Caputo, Jasey, Karabinchak, Mukherji & Chiaravalloti Bill Increasing Eligibility for Tuition Aid Grants Now Law

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Statement on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Assemblyman Nicholas A. Chiaravalloti issued the following statement reflecting on diversity
and unity in advance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:

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Assemblyman Chiaravalloti congratulates the B.E.O.F on state-issued award.

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Joint Press Statement on B.E.O.F Award

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Update: Bill to help Colleges Better Serve LGBT Students Signed into Law

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Jasey & Chiaravalloti Bill to Help Colleges Better Serve LGBT Students Signed into Law

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Watch Interview with Insider NJ:"Looking forward for the new term"


Cunningham and Chiaravalloti Expungement Reform Bill Package Designed to Help People Reclaim Their Lives Becomes Law

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Cunningham and Chiaravalloti Expungement Reform Bill Package Designed to Help People Reclaim Their Lives Becomes Law


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Bill to Help Colleges Better Serve LGBT Students Heads to Governor’s Desk

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Jasey & Chiaravalloti Bill to Help Colleges Better Serve LGBT Students Heads to Governor’s Desk

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Prevent Homelessness among Domestic Violence Victims Goes to Governor

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Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Muoio, Mukherji, Chiaravalloti & Wimberly Bill to Prevent Homelessness among Domestic Violence Victims Goes to Governor

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Bill to Crack Down on Reckless Driving Clears Assembly

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Wisniewski, McKnight, Chiaravalloti & Benson Bill to Crack Down on Reckless Driving Clears Assembly 

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Bills on EZ Pass Discounts Clears Assembly Panel

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McKeon, Vainieri Huttle & Chiaravalloti Bills on EZ Pass Discounts Clears Assembly Panel

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