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Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan is a voice for all New Jerseyans

pizzurosal_optBY SALVATORE PIZZURO
COMMENTARY

Patrick Diegnan remains a voice for the rights of all New Jerseyans. Assemblyman Diegnan continues to defend voter rights and a true democratic atmosphere in New Jersey. He has remained steadfast in his support of pubic workers and union members. When the Pensions and Benefits Reform package was debated in the legislature, Diegnan referred to it as "124 pages of union busting activities", and said, “....collective bargaining over health care should not be suspended”. Diegnan also criticized the selection process in which a New York based entity was selected to replace the New Jersey Network. In addition, the Assemblyman sponsored legislation to protect high school athletes from head injuries.

He also is a strong supporter of voter approval in creating new charter schools. In fact, in 2010, Diegnan introduced Assembly Bill 3852, which would mandate that voters must approve a new charter school during the annual school board election. The bill passed by a healthy majority in June 2011.

Currently, the Commissioner of Education can grant a charter, even if the taxpayers in the local school district disapprove. The question becomes whether the creation of a charter school is truly an act of the democratic process or an indication of a State dictatorial policy.

Diegnan represents the 18th legislative district, and has served in that role since 2002. He the first chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, and currently serves as the Chairman of the Education Committee, and as a member of the Regulated Professions and Consumer Affairs Committee.

A native of South Plainfield, New Jersey and a graduate of South Plainfield High School, he once taught law and accounting at Middlesex County College. Diegnan received a B.A. from Seton Hall University in Political Science / Government and was awarded a J.D. from the Seton Hall University School of Law. Assemblyman Diegnan has a private law practice in South Plainfield and is a member of the Bar Associations of New Jersey and Middlesex County. Currently, Diegnan is competing his fifth term as a member of the Assembly.

Along with a select few in the Legislature, Assemblyman Diegnan is a continuing voice for the rights of all New Jerseyans.

Dr. Salvatore Pizzuro is a disability policy specialist and civil rights advocate in New Jersey.

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