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Candidate - Assemblywoman Nancy F. Munoz

Thursday, October 17, 2013 • 8:11am

My name is Nancy Foster Muñoz and I am seeking reelection to the New Jersey General Assembly.

I am very concerned about making New Jersey an affordable place in which people can live, work and raise their families.  As the mother of five children, I would like to see my children able to afford to remain in New Jersey and raise their families here.  Achieving that goal includes taking on the status quo that stifles economic opportunity and burdens New Jersey’s taxpayers.  I supported New Jersey's first ever pension overhaul reform and I am leading the fight on sick pay abuses, which undermine local, county and state government at the taxpayers' expense.

As a former PTO president, I know the challenges that face our schools, which recently have included concerns for the health and safety of our children during school hours.  I was a sponsor of the New Jersey School Security Task Force, the first comprehensive effort to identify physical and cyber vulnerabilities and potential breaches of security in the public schools, and will make recommendations to improve school safety and security.  Additionally, the Governor signed into law my legislation that establishes standards of practice for providers of clinical nursing services for medically fragile students. 

I have spent more than 35 years as a nursing professional, and have worked as a staff nurse in the surgical ICU, ER, and recovery rooms; I have also trained the next generation of nurses as a critical care educator.  I understand healthcare from the provider’s and patient’s perspectives and have put my experience to work in Trenton influencing and sponsoring healthcare legislation. I supported $108.4 million for women’s healthcare and services in Fiscal Year 2014 and have been endorsed by the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey.   I was proud when the Governor signed into law last month my Diabetes Action Plan that will improve care and help to control complications associated with diabetes.

As an emergency room nurse, I also know the horrific outcomes of those who choose to drive and text.  It takes a moment of inattention to cause a lifetime of irreparable harm for someone or their family.  I sponsored the law that increases fines for drivers speaking on a hand-held phone or texting while operating a vehicle.  In June, 2013 Governor Christie signed into law my bill which directs health care facilities to transport patients immediately to hospitals that will provide the appropriate level of care. I am a strong advocate for the disabled and those with mental health issues.  I have also supported reasonable gun control legislation, while mindful of our constitutional rights.

I am honored to have been selected by the Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly to attend the National Conference of State Legislators for Emerging Leaders.  I look forward to bringing back fresh ideas that will benefit the residents of New Jersey. 

I consider it the highest honor to have been chosen to finish the term of my husband, the late Assemblyman Dr. Eric Muñoz as I learned firsthand from him what a privilege it is to represent the people of District 21.  I am even more proud that my constituents have reaffirmed their confidence in my leadership through reelection.  That is why I have used my position as Deputy Republican Whip to be vocal on the issues that matter to the people I represent.  In public service it is important to find the balance and represent all constituents equally regardless of individual agendas or special interests.  I will continue to lead the fight for the enactment of the Jessica Lunsford Act, which raises the penalties on those who commit sex crimes against minors.  I was the prime sponsor of Patrick's Law, which significantly increases penalties for animal abuse.  I consider it integral to my job as a legislator to advocate for laws that protect society's most vulnerable and to be the voice in Trenton for those who need my help.  

 

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