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From the office of Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney
DECEMBER 2021 Newsletter
Dear Friends, 
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It really is a time of togetherness and gratitude. It reminds us to give thanks and count our blessings especially from the past year and a half. Now more than ever, we realize how important it is. The struggles we had to endure were like no other and we are still encountering them day to day.

Small businesses here in New Jersey as we know have been pummeled by the pandemic. Some had to close temporarily and some saw reduced traffic. Other business owners have trouble with staffing and the supply chain. So basically it has just been rough on small businesses which are the backbone of our country and around the nation.

As the holiday season revs up, the best thing we can do is to try and support local shops in the community. Take some time to visit your town's "mom & pop shops" stop in say hello, see what they have going on and if inclined...make a purchase or two. We are all in this together.

The holidays really do give us a chance to take a break from all the hustles and bustles of our daily lives. Holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years and other cultural and religious holidays gives us the opportunity to refuel ourselves before we take on the new challenges of life. Holidays are so important to us. This is why you should not miss the chance to wish a happy holiday to your family, friends and loved ones. 

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Holiday Season. With lots of love from the Rooney family.
Kevin J. Rooney
Message from the Assemblyman:
Business vax mandates must be challenged, Rooney says
Rooney bill addressing poll worker pay clears committees
AJR247 Designating September 22nd of each year as "Veterans Suicide Awareness & Remembrance Day."

A6079 Designates Suicide Awareness & Remembrance flag as official State flag.

A6080 Prohibits teaching staff members from inputting information and conversations regarding individually identifiable health information into third party software applications managed by entities engaging in partisan political activity.
Pioneer Academy Luncheon
This year, Hanukkah will start on the evening of Sunday, November 28, 2021. It will end on the evening of Monday, December 6, 2021. Each year, Hanukkah begins on the 25th day of Kislev, which is the ninth month of the Jewish calendar. It ends on the second day of Tevet, which is the tenth month of the Jewish calendar. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish festival commemorating the recovery of Jerusalem and subsequent rededication of the Second Temple at the beginning of the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid Empire in the 2nd century BCE. 
Christmas Day

Christmas is celebrated to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the Son of God.
The name 'Christmas' comes from the Mass of Christ (or Jesus). A Mass service (which is sometimes called Communion or Eucharist) is where Christians remember that Jesus died for us and then came back to life. The 'Christ-Mass' service was the only one that was allowed to take place after sunset (and before sunrise the next day), so people had it at Midnight! So we get the name Christ-Mass, shortened to Christmas.

Kwanzaa lasts from December 26 until January 1, and it is a week that values and celebrates African customs and culture. Kwanzaa is a Swahili word that means "first" and signifies the first fruits of the harvest. ... One of these is the celebration of the harvest. At this time of the year, people of the community/village come together to celebrate and give thanks for their good fortune.
Police Officer Hailed For Saving Woman's Life
NJ Firefighters rescue horse that got stuck
Better Business Bureau releases 'naughty list' of top 12 scams of Christmas

Bourbon Glazed Ham

  • 8 pound cooked bone-in spiral sliced ham

  • 1/2 cup bourbon , divided

  • 2 cups brown sugar , packed

  • 1/4 cup orange juice

  • 1 teaspoon orange zest

  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Yield24 Servings
  • Prep Time15 minutes
  • Cook Time2 hours 30 minutes
  • Total Time2 hours 45 minutes

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Place the ham in a roasting pan and pour ¼ cup bourbon all over the top of it.
  • Place in the oven, covered with foil, for 90 minutes.
  • Stir together the brown sugar, ¼ cup bourbon, orange juice, ground mustard, coriander and cinnamon to a small bowl and mix.
  • Pour over the ham and cook for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to rest for, covered loosely with the foil, for 15 minutes before serving.

Important note for cooking a glazed ham: Don’t put your glaze on too soon or it will burn. You want to add your glaze in the last 25-30 minutes of baking, giving it enough time to get that deep caramel color and rich flavor, but not so much time that it burns and ruins your dish.

Variations on Bourbon Glazed Ham: 

  • Orange: Bring out the orange flavor of this glaze by adding some fresh orange zest, orange marmalade or even some sliced orange slices around the top.
  • Mustard – In addition to the ground mustard, add some honey dijon or stone ground mustard to the glaze to add some depth and bit of spice.
  • Sweet: If you want a bit more sweetness to your ham glaze, substitute ⅓ cup of the brown sugar with honey or maple syrup.
  • Slow Cooker: Add a small amount of water to the crockpot, add the ham and spoon on the glaze. Cover and cook on low for 2 1/2-3 hours. Just make sure that the slow cooker you’re using is the right size for the ham that you’re cooking. You don’t want to overcrowd it.

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