Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini Looks Back At Her Tenure in the Legislature


Mary Pat Angelini

By Mary Pat Angelini

On Monday my term serving in the NJ General Assembly will officially end. As I look back on my eight years in the Legislature, I’m proud of my legislative accomplishments and to have represented my constituents with honesty, integrity and personal accountability. I’m especially thankful that I was able to shine a light on issues that affect the more vulnerable segments of our society, including young people and individuals struggling with substance abuse and mental illness. I always felt that one of my duties as a public servant was to give a voice to those who are not always heard. Of course this was sometimes easier said than done, but I’m proud to say that I was able to make some tremendous headway.

During my tenure, I had numerous bills signed into law, including the state’s landmark “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights” that has helped reduce bullying in NJ schools by requiring school employees to take action in addressing harassment, intimidation and bullying. Another landmark bill was my “911” or “Lifeline Legislation,” which established a “safe haven” from prosecution for minors who summon medical assistance for intoxicated underage persons. Furthermore, I became deeply involved with our state’s crippling heroin epidemic by supporting legislation to help those struggling with addiction and an advocate for defying the stigma of mental illness by supporting the pressing mental health needs of all Monmouth County residents.

Overall, my goal has always been to help improve the lives of our state’s most vital resource – our residents, which is why I’ve fought to make New Jersey an affordable place for businesses and taxpayers. After a decade of ever increasing taxes and runaway government spending, I’m pleased that I was able to be a part of the effort to reduce spending and help to block repeated attempts at raising taxes on our state’s overburdened citizens. Property taxes are now rising at their slowest pace in more than two decades after we implemented a two percent hard cap on property taxes; small businesses have received needed tax relief; plus, through pension reform, New Jersey taxpayers will save over $122 billion over the next 30 years. Despite this progress, New Jersey is at a critical crossroads. There is much more work to do to make our state more competitive, affordable for middle-class families and attractive for businesses.

As a Monmouth County resident, I hope that the Legislature forges forward in passing legislation that enables families to remain in New Jersey to raise their families and see their grandchildren grow and provides businesses with incentive to stay in our state. Overall, I am forever grateful for the many wonderful friends, colleagues and supporters who helped make my time in the Assembly such a tremendous experience. I also thank the residents of the 11th District for giving me the opportunity to serve. And while I’m excited about my continued human service advocacy work in the next chapter of my life, I will sincerely miss fighting for my constituents as a member of the NJ General Assembly.

God bless NJ and the USA!


Posted: January 10th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, Mary Pat Angenlini, Monmouth County News, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , , | 6 Comments »

6 Comments on “Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini Looks Back At Her Tenure in the Legislature”

  1. Her regular job said at 11:43 pm on January 10th, 2016:

    has her seeing the havoc drugs of all types wreek on individuals and families, every day: we have to stop thinking marijuana is not a gateway drug, that we need to condone intravenous drug use with more “free” needles, that the heroin epidemic is getting better-it is all getting worse. I am personally sorry her voice of reason and concern has been silenced!

  2. Tim H said at 6:56 am on January 11th, 2016:

    Mary Pat was a class act (still is). Great person and public servant. Too bad her running-mate Caroline brought her down with her loud mouth and big ego. Let’s hope Mary Pat runs again and that Caroline does not.

  3. @Tim H said at 10:56 am on January 11th, 2016:

    Caroline bears some of the responsibility, but so does Mary Pat. The below article hit the nail on the head. I also blame Golden for putting to much emphasis in the race for Clerk. Really, going around town to town with a Sheriff’s Department vehicle to promote Christine Hanlon’s candidacy, when you have the legislative candidates. Those that could change laws and bring taxes down—puhleeze!

  4. This didn't bode well either for LD-11 said at 10:58 am on January 11th, 2016:


  5. There are plenty said at 2:33 pm on January 11th, 2016:

    of people who drink socially who have never chosen to do any other drugs.. there are plenty of smokers and former smokers who will tell you that habit made it easier to try weed, and then other illegal drugs. There are also plenty of people who will attest to the fact that starting with weed led them to stronger illegal substances.. I am all for saving tax dollars, I am sick of the seeming cultural acceptance of the millions of poor souls who made the choice to ruin their and other loved ones lives!

  6. At @ Tim H. said at 12:42 pm on January 12th, 2016:

    Here we go again, with the misplaced ‘blame Shaun Golden’ rhetoric again. I for one did not know that the Assembly campaign was paying for Shaun
    to run their campaign.

    Shaun’s OBLIGATION was to the county races. After all, he is the COUNTY Chair, not the legislative campaign manager.

    You see, the facts are that Mary Pat & Caroline had campaign managers; 3 of them I understand, in order to run the legislative campaign.

    Secondly, as a volunteer; I know we made thousands of calls on behalf of the legislative candidates and I saw tons of literature going out on their behalf, but what are you going to expect when Caroline was off travelling with an apathetic, no worries, barely door knocking campaign?

    If you want to cast blame, why don’t you turn to the chairs in Freehold and especially Caroline’s home town of Colts Neck; for failing to turn out Republican votes for Mary Pat and Caroline.

    THAT was their job.