New Jersey's 8th Legislative District

Senator Dawn Marie Addiego

  • Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey and the 8th Legislative District Office will collect cookies and treats to send to troops serving overseas on Saturday, December 5.

  • Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego (center) wearing purple in the New Jersey State House on June 22, 2015 in recognition of Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. (Facebook)

  • Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg and Berlin Borough Council President James Bilello visited Our Lady of Mount Carmel Regional School to talk about civics and state government with students on April 30, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Senator Dawn Marie Addiego took the oath of office during the reorganization meeting of the 2014-2015 New Jersey Senate on January 14, 2014 to represent the people of the 8th Legislative District. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Dawn Addiego and Asm. Christopher J. Brown attended Berlin Borough’s Fire Prevention Night at the Berlin Borough Community Center on October 2, 2013. The 8th District legislators are pictured with Mayor John Armano (left), Emergency Management Operations Officer Fred Tuttle (right) and Brown’s son Brian. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego (R-8) and David Silver, President of Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey, unload donated goods that will be shipped to troops in Afghanistan. Addiego’s office serves as a drop-off point for donations. (BCT/Dennis McDonald)

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  • Dawn Marie Addiego taking the oath of office to become the new Senator representing the 8th legislative district on Monday, December 6, 2010.

  • Senator Dawn Marie Addiego (R-8) addresses the New Jersey Senate after taking the oath of office on Monday, December 6, 2010.

District 8 (2014)

Support Our 2015 Holiday Cookie Drive for the Troops!

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Cookies Will Collected on Saturday, December 5th

The 8th Legislative District office is again hosting Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey’s Holiday Cookie Drive for our troops.

This year, as you finalize plans for the busy holiday season, please take a moment to remember our military men and women who will not have the chance to be home for the holidays.

Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey and the 8th District Office will collect cookies and treats to send to troops serving overseas on Saturday, December 5. (D Sharon Pruitt/Flickr)

If your plans include some quality time baking goodies for loved ones and friends, we hope you will consider making an extra tray of cookies to share with our heroes serving abroad.

Cookies will be collected on ONE DAY ONLY, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, at the 8th District Office at 176 Route 70 East, Suite 13, Medford, NJ — behind the Dunkin Donuts at Jones Road.

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Sweeney, Beach & Addiego Highlight Funding For Rutgers Vets4Warriors Program

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Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Jim Beach, Senator Dawn Addiego, Assemblyman Herb Conaway, Assemblyman Troy Singleton, Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg, officials running the Vets4Warriors program at Rutgers and the Burlington County Military Affairs Committee met on Wednesday to highlight the use of $8 million in special funding added to the state budget for veterans’ services, including money that will keep the Vets4Warriors program operating.

The Legislature and the governor worked together to fund the suicide prevention program operated by Rutgers when federal government announced it was going to discontinue its support by Friday. The special funding provides the money needed to keep Vets4Warriors operating and for other veterans’ services, including health care.

“For veterans struggling with the return to civilian life, having a strong and accessible peer support network can be the difference between life and death,” said Senator Addiego. “The Vets4Warriors program ensures that our returning heroes are never alone in their times of need.”

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Addiego Joins Fight to Keep Cruel and Inhumane Animal Traps Out of New Jersey

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Senator Dawn Addiego has signed on as a co-prime sponsor of a resolution (SCR-175) opposing the New Jersey Fish and Game Council’s proposal to allow the use of enclosed foothold traps, as the new policy is in violation of the plain language and legislative intent of a 1984 New Jersey law banning animal steel-jaw leghold traps and similar types.

Household pets such as cats can become ensnared in foothold traps. (Flickr)

“These traps can snare household pets as well as local wildlife, causing serious injury, trauma and death,” said Senator Addiego. “The 1984 legislation is absolute and unambiguous in its intention to protect animals languishing in this type of trap.”

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Addiego & Rodriguez-Gregg Bill Allowing Amusement Games in Bars and Restaurants Clears Senate, Moves to Governor’s Desk

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Senator Dawn Marie Addiego and Assembly Republican Maria Rodriguez-Gregg’s bill to allow Dave & Buster’s-style restaurant and entertainment venues in New Jersey earned the approval of the Senate. The measure (A-4143), which passed the General Assembly last month, permits issuing an amusement game license to qualifying bars and restaurants.

Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego and Asw. Maria Rodriguez-Gregg’s bill to allow Dave & Buster’s-style restaurant and entertainment venues in New Jersey earned the approval of the Senate. (Flickr)

“We’re finally leveling the playing field,” said Addiego, R — Burlington, Atlantic and Camden. “Competing states have been enjoying a monopoly on this entertainment. Allowing food, drink and amusements in the same building will provide an economic boost for New Jersey.”

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Governor’s Executive Order Implements Addiego/Allen Call for Expedited Gun Permit Applications for Victims of Domestic Violence

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Senate Republicans Dawn Addiego and Diane Allen stated the following after Governor Chris Christie announced he had signed an Executive Order expediting firearms applications for victims of domestic violence:

An Executive Order signed by Gov. Chris Christie implements a call by Sens. Addiego and Allen for expedited gun permit applications for victims of domestic violence. (SenateNJ.com)

“We’re glad to see Governor Christie agrees with our approach to ensuring victims of domestic violence have their firearms applications processed quickly and without delay.

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8th District Legislators Applaud BPU Rejection of Expedited Pipeline Approval Schedule

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Addiego: Decision Is a Triumph for Transparency

All three 8th District legislators voiced their support for a BPU decision rejecting a truncated approval schedule proposed by New Jersey Natural Gas for the construction of a natural gas pipeline routed through Burlington, Ocean, and Monmouth counties.

The proposed route of the “Southern Reliability Link” pipeline. (New Jersey Natural Gas)

The proposal consisted of an accelerated schedule that is two months shorter than that proposed by the BPU, significantly cutting back on time for public participation in the process. The proposal was defeated in favor of the BPU’s proposed schedule, in a decision handed down by the board yesterday afternoon.

“This is the first step in what will hopefully be a transparent process that is open to public scrutiny,” said Senator Dawn Addiego. “The BPU has rightfully sided with the public and cast aside this egregious attempt to circumvent what is supposed to be an open and fair proceeding.”

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After Bowne Murder, Addiego, Allen & Beck Announce Legislation to Prioritize Gun Permits for the Most Vulnerable

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Senate Republicans Dawn Addiego, Diane Allen and Jennifer Beck announced they will introduce legislation to prioritize firearms permit applications for residents protected by a current restraining order. According to a Courier-Post report, a Berlin Township woman who was killed in an apparent domestic attack on Wednesday night was waiting for the approval of a firearms permit. According to the report the application was submitted in April but the review process had not yet been completed.

Legislation sponsored by Senators Addiego, Allen and Beck will prioritize firearms permit applications for residents protected by a restraining order. (©iStock)

“The tragic murder of Carol Bowne shows that there are sensible changes we should make to public safety laws to help people protect themselves,” said Addiego (R-Burlington, Camden, Atlantic).  “This legislation will make sure that those who need protection the most are given priority when it comes to the lengthy process of applying for a firearms permit.”

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Addiego, Brown & Rodriguez-Gregg Laud Gov. Christie for Getting New Jersey Back to Work

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Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, Assemblyman Christopher J. Brown and Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg (all R-8) issued the following statements on Gov. Christie’s State of the State address:

Governor Chris Christie gives the State of the State Address in the Assembly Chambers at the State House in Trenton, N.J. on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

Addiego: “For five years, Gov. Christie has dedicated his efforts to make New Jersey affordable and to provide opportunity for the families who live here. Working together, we have reduced annual discretionary spending by $2.5 billion since 2008, and the jobless rate has sunk to its lowest level since 2008.”

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REMINDER: Holiday Cookie/Treats Drive for Troops on Saturday

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The 8th Legislative District office is again partnering with Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey (OYRSJ) in a Holiday Cookie Drive for our troops.

This year, as you finalize plans for the busy holiday season, please take a moment to remember our military men and women who will not have the chance to be home for the holidays.

Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey and the 8th District Office will collect cookies and treats to send to troops serving overseas on Saturday, December 6. (D Sharon Pruitt/Flickr)

If your plans include some quality time baking goodies for loved ones and friends, we hope you will consider making an extra tray of cookies to share with our heroes serving abroad.

Cookies will be collected on ONE DAY ONLY, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, at our 8th District Office at 176 Route 70 East, Suite 13, Medford, NJ — behind the Dunkin Donuts at Jones Road.

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Addiego, Brown & Rodriguez-Gregg Bill Requires Public Utilities to Provide Priority Service to Schools & Public Safety Agencies

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Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, Assemblyman Christopher J. Brown and Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg (all R-8) have announced legislation that would protect schools and public safety agencies from preventable telephone outages and require all public utilities to maintain dedicated support staff to provide those organizations with priority service.

A prolonged and preventable utility outage beginning on May 12, 2014 that left Southampton Township Schools without telephone service or the ability to communicate was met with an inadequate response by service providers. (Southampton Township School District)

The legislation (S-2594/Assembly version pending introduction) was prompted by a telephone service outage lasting more than a day that left the Southampton Township Board of Education and its schools with “minimal capability to communicate with parents, law enforcement, and emergency responders if necessary.”

“With so many children gathered together for so much of the time, it’s crucial that schools have priority access to resolve utility issues,” said Addiego. “Given recent events at Newtown and elsewhere, we can all understand the importance of school officials having access to working phones should they need to call for help.”

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