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From the office of Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney
FEBRUARY 2022 Newsletter
Dear Friends, 

Assemblymen John DiMaio and I have condemned Gov. Phil Murphy’s most recent decree to some workers: Get vaccinated or get fired. The governor’s latest executive order 283 issued Jan. 11 mandates that health care workers, corrections officers and others in “high-risk congregate settings” receive their first mRNA shot by Jan. 27 and be up to date with the shots by Feb. 28. His order removes the testing option for these employees. The executive order reads like magical thinking, and that’s being charitable, At this point, the governor is either willfully ignorant or outright deceptive when it comes to the efficacy and safety of these shots.

They do not protect against transmission. They may help prevent hospitalization and death, but only for some high-risk populations. It may be harmful for people who have recovered from covid to get the shot, all of which are still in clinical trials. He has an obligation to take these things into consideration for the people of New Jersey and has failed. President Joe Biden’s administration announced in November 2021 that any health care facility that receives Medicare and Medicaid funding must have staff fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Twenty-four states filed suit, with the issue being heard in front of the Supreme Court in early January. The court ruled 5-4 to keep the mandate.

The mandate is likely to exacerbate New Jersey’s health care worker shortage, DiMaio added. Many have chosen to retire or move to states that have protected workers’ rights to decide their own medical care.

“It’s a gross overreach for the government to mandate this one-size-fits-all policy, and even more offensive that the governor is demanding people choose between taking medical technology they don’t want or need, and their jobs,” said DiMaio, "Many people are still trying to recover from his pandemic lockdown policies.

Kevin J. Rooney
Message from the Assemblyman:
I’m honored to assist in the local Feed the Frontlines initiative spearheaded by the wonderful folks at Healthbarn Foundation in Ridgewood. This monumental mission to provide hot, nutritious meals to our most vulnerable neighbors. Feed the Frontlines – Helping Those In Need will have provided 308,000 hot, nutritious meals for residents in Bergen County and Passaic Counties since its inception in March of 2020. 
Ash Wednesday

Each year, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and is always 46 days before Easter Sunday. Lent is a 40-day season (not counting Sundays) marked by repentance, fasting, reflection, and ultimately celebration. The 40-day period represents Christ’s time of temptation in the wilderness, where he fasted and where Satan tempted him. Lent asks believers to set aside a time each year for similar fasting, marking an intentional season of focus on Christ’s life, ministry, sacrifice, and resurrection.
Presidents Day

President's Day, also known as Washington's Birthday, is on the third Monday of February each year and is a federal holiday in the United States. The day not only honors George Washington (born February 22), the first President of the United States, and Abraham Lincoln (born February 12) whose birthdays are both in February, but honors all the presidents who have served in the United States.
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Spending Tips For Consumers In 2022




  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 1 lime
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, grated on a Microplane or finely minced
  • Large pinch of salt

Optional Ingredients:
  • Fresh diced tomatoes
  • Minced cilantro
  • Hot peppers – one jalapeño will turn this into spicy guacamole!
  • Finely minced onion
  • Cumin (a sprinkle of this is fantastic!)
  • Cojita or feta cheese

  • To cut the avocados, run a knife around the avocado (from top to bottom) and twist in half. Pull out and discard the pit. Using a spoon or your thumb, remove the flesh and place into a medium-sized bowl. 3 ripe avocados

  • Cut the lime in half and squeeze both halves into the bowl with the avocado, being careful not to get any seeds in the bowl. Add the garlic, salt and any/all or none of the optional ingredients (see notes). Using a fork gently mash each avocado half a few times then stir all ingredients together. 1 lime,1-2 cloves garlic, Large pinch of salt


  • Guacamole is best made and eaten right away. If you must store it make sure that you cover it with plastic wrap directly against the guacamole. Press the plastic wrap into it with your fingers to prevent any air getting to it and causing it to go brown.
  • To make a single serving, lunch sized guac, use 1 avocado, 1/2 lime, a small clove of garlic, and a pinch of sea salt.
  • Optional additions: chopped tomato, cilantro, chopped onion, finely minced chilis, finely minced chipotle peppers, a few drops of liquid smoke, finely crumbled cooked bacon.

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