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From the office of Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney
March 2019 Newsletter
A Message from the Assemblyman:
Dear Friend,

March is here again! This means two things - the NJ Chamber of Commerce trip, "Walk to Washington" is underway and it's time to get ready for the Governor's Budget Address. The Governor will address a joint session of the Senate and General Assembly on Tuesday March 5, 2019. I will be posting a link on my Facebook page for you to watch a livestream of his speech.

I'm excited to share success on several more pieces of legislation, including the passage of my resolution to commemorate Stephen Hawking Awareness Day on March 14 of every year. Another bill that I sponsored, which eases the certification process for out-of-state nurses to come work in New Jersey, also passed in the Assembly.

Other news from the District and about my activities this past month are included below.
I've also included a brief section detailing March's Observance as Red Cross Month. Finally, our Spotlight feature this month highlights Robert Romeo, a teacher at Woodland Park's Memorial Middle School who is being honored as a 2019 Drug Free Hero by the Foundation for a Drug Free World of the Americas Chapter!

I hope you enjoy this month's edition of Quorum Call, and stay safe and warm in the final days of winter!


Kevin J. Rooney
Rooney's Recipes
Assemblyman and winner of Food Network's "Chopped" shares his favorite recipes
Pasta Carbonara
Serves 6-8
Ingredients fo:

  • 2 whole large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 cup very good grated Pecorino Romano, plus additional for serving**
  • 1 cup very good grated Parmesan**
  • Salt
  • Coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 table spoon olive oil
  • 6 ounces of slab guanciale or pancetta, sliced into squares about a 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 lb. of spaghetti

**I like to use really good cheese, it does make a big difference!!

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, yolks and Pecorino and Parmesan Cheese. Season with a pinch of salt and generous amount of black pepper.

In a large skillet over medium heat add oil. Once oil is hot, add the guanciale, sauté until the fat just renders on the edge of crispness but not hard. Remove from heat and set aside.

Add pasta to boiling water cook until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water, then drain pasta and add to the skillet over low heat.

Add hot pasta to serving bowl, stir in cheese mixture, adding some reserved pasta water if needed for creaminess. Serve immediately, dressing it with a bit of additional grated pecorino and pepper.
Recent News
Recent Legislation and News from Trenton
Here is some of my recent activity at the State House.
District Events
Discussing Amazon HQ2
I sat for an interview with Gabby Dragone to discuss the revived possibility of Amazon HQ2 in New Jersey. It would be a great opportunity for 25,000 jobs to come to our state but I question the viability of our offer in light of the administrations comments and our state’s infrastructure capabilities.
2019 Bergen County Young Republicans Reorganization  
Attending the Bergen County Young Republicans 2019 Reorganization meeting with  Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips  and  Assemblyman Robert Auth . Congratulations to the new leadership of the BCYRs. Happy to support this group of young politicians and leaders!
Meeting with JCP&L
I met with JCP&L to discuss their initiatives and efforts to improve their infrastructure and smart technology through out the state but especially in response to storms and outages. It was an excellent meeting and I look forward to working together to improve service to my constituents.
Pequannock Republican Club
I spoke at the Pequannock Republican Club meeting about the importance of keeping fiscally conservative representation in the legislature. Particularly, fighting against increased State expenses through taxes, appropriations, fees, programs, and subsidies. There is a lot happening in legislation beyond the headline of what is in the bill. Spending in Trenton is out of control and with out reasonable conservative voices, we don’t stand a chance at keeping NJ affordable.
Meeting with ChargeEVC
I met with Pamela Frank of ChargeEVC to discuss legislation to improve infrastructure and availability of utilities for electric vehicles in New Jersey. It was great to really dissect the benefits and potential hurdles we will have to overcome as we work to implement clean energy legislation and increase our use of zero emission vehicles.
Honorary Chair for the American Kennel Club
I served as an Honorary Chair for the  American Kennel Club  and  Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 's Meet the Breeds Event. The tenth annual event gives dog lovers the unique opportunity to meet and play with more than 100 different breeds in booths individually decorated to depict each breed’s country of origin, historical purpose/function, and attributes as a family pet, all while learning about responsible dog ownership and which breeds may be right for them. Events like these serve an important role in teaching animal care and making sure we do our part to give every animal, big or small, a great life.
March Observations
Red Cross Month

March is Red Cross Month, and the American Red Cross asks everyone to be a hero in their community by becoming a volunteer, learning lifesaving skills, giving blood or donating.

More than 75 years ago, March was first proclaimed Red Cross Month in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to raise awareness of the organization and its humanitarian mission. All U.S. presidents since Roosevelt have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world through its workforce powered by more than 90 percent volunteers.

Every eight minutes, someone needs help. The Red Cross responds to more than 62,000 disasters a year, most of which are home fires. In January alone, Red Cross volunteers helped about 24,000 people affected by more than 5,700 home fires across every state.
Disasters can cause other critical needs too. This winter, thousands of blood donations have gone uncollected due to snow storms and extreme cold—underscoring the constant need for eligible individuals to donate blood.

Learn more about how you can help in your area by contacting  your local Red Cross chapter  or visiting  redcross.org :
  • Become a volunteer: Help families affected by disasters and install lifesaving smoke alarms to keep neighbors safe from home fires. In some areas, you can also provide emergency assistance for military members and veterans, or help reconnect families separated by international conflict.
  • Give blood: Make an appointment to donate lifesaving blood or platelets.
  • Learn lifesaving skills: Register for a class to learn first aid, CPR and other skills.
  • Make a financial donation: On March 27—American Red Cross Giving Day—donate atredcross.org/givingday, uniting with thousands of people like you to help families during the first devastating hours of a disaster. Your gift can provide hope and urgent relief like food, shelter and other essentials for families who need it mo
Consumer Tips
Tips, scam alerts, and other advice about every-day situations for consumers
Woodland Park Middle School Teacher honored as 2019 Drug Free Hero
Memorial Middle School Physical Education and Health teacher Robert Romeo has been named as a 2019 Drug Free Hero by the Foundation for a Drug Free World of The Americas Chapter. He will be honored at an awards gala in honor of the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse on May 30 in New York. Romeo, who has taught at Memorial School for six years, was nominated by Principal Charles Silverstein. Romeo said that he has seen firsthand what illegal drugs can do. After doing a lot of research on drug education, he realized that saying “no” to drugs is just not enough.
He came across the free resources provided by the Foundation for a Drug Free World and obtained their drug free program booklets and videos that he believes has helped in trying to get the message out to kids not to try drugs.

A graduate of Montclair State University with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education, and a master’s degree in educational technology from New Jersey City University, Romeo annually attends the New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance convention. He was selected to attend The Spark Institute for Innovative Physical Education in San Diego in 2016 due to Memorial School’s participation in the "Let's Move! Active Schools” program. Memorial School received a SPARK digital curriculum set at no cost and four LearnFit Adjustable Desks for students to use in gym class from Active Schools.

Romeo, in addition, has been a high school coach for many years now, coaching boys’ soccer, wrestling and boys’ volleyball. He’s also worked at several sporting summer camps.
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Suite 301
Wayne, NJ 07470
Office: (973) 237-1362
Fax: (973) 237-1367
Email: AsmRooney@njleg.org
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