Poverty Hearings: On Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Assembly committees met in special hearings to listen to testimony on poverty and how to rebuild the middle-class:


Human Services focused on existing and needed services necessary to help residents overcome poverty: 

  • Click here for testimony presented by Marilyn Askin, Chief Legislative Advocate, AARP Jersey 
  • Click here for testimony presented by Joyce Campbell, Associate Executive Director for External Affairs, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton
  • Click here for testimony presented by Ray Castro, Senior Policy Analyst, New Jersey Policy Perspective
  • Click here for testimony presented by Joe Geleta, Executive Director, NJ 2-1-1
  • Click here for testimony presented by Stephanie Hoopes, National Director, United Way ALICE Project 
  • Click here for testimony presented by Rev. Sara Lilja, Director, Lutheran Episcopal Advocacy Ministry of New Jersey
  • Click here for testimony presented by Marla Meyers, Executive Director, Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Southern New Jersey
  • Click here for testimony presented by Serena Rice, Executive Director, Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey
  • Click here for testimony presented by Diane Riley, Director of Advocacy, Community FoodBank of New Jersey
  • Click here for testimony presented by Stuart Weiner, Managing AttorneyCommunity Health Law Project
Housing and Community Development focused on the housing problems and needs of families living in poverty:
  • Click here for testimony presented by Staci Berger, President and CEO, Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey
  • Click here for testimony presented by Serena Rice, Executive Director, Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey
Transportation focused on New Jersey’s transportation network and how it could be used to help those in poverty and how it acts as a barrier for those in poverty:
  • Click here for testimony presented by Analilia Mejia, Director, NJ Working Families 
Women and Children focused on female headed households, pre-K, the minimum wage, and children living in poverty:
  • Click here for testimony presented by Kiran Handa Gaudioso, Senior Vice President of Community Impact and Community Relations, United Way of Northern New Jersey 
  • Click here for testimony presented by Sharon Krengel, Policy & Outreach Director, Education Law Center
  • Click here for testimony presented by Analilia Mejia, Director, NJ Working Families 
  • Click here for testimony presented by Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg, Communications Manager, Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey 
  • Click here for testimony presented by Elaine Zundl, Research Director, Center for Women and Work



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