Gopal Bill Increases Penalties for Selling Fake Medical Supplies

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - In response to a case in which scam artists sold 1,000 counterfeit respirators to Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, Senator Vin Gopal today announced that he will introduce legislation enhancing penalties for any person who creates or distributes counterfeit medical drugs or devices during a state of emergency.

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76sc March 26, 2020

List of Essential & Non-Essential Businesses

Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey released the following list of essential and non-essential businesses, as defined by Governor Murphy’s Executive Orders issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This list will be updated as more information becomes available.

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76sc March 26, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Small Business Owners & Employees

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - This Friday afternoon, at 4:00 p.m., Senator Vin Gopal will host a Facebook Live to provide an update on COVID-19 for small business owners and employees. The update will discuss workers' eligibility for paid sick leave, unemployment, and other benefits; state programs that can help small businesses and their employees stay afloat; and the current status of COVID-19 in New Jersey.

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76sc March 19, 2020

Gopal to Introduce Hospitality Emergency Loan Legislation

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Vin Gopal today announced that he will introduce legislation establishing a New Jersey Hospitality Emergency Loan Program, which would provide immediate financial assistance for struggling hospitality businesses during the COVID-19 emergency. The program would be based on the Delaware program of the same name, announced on Wednesday by Delaware Governor John Carney.

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76sc March 19, 2020

District 11 Legislative Offices Closed Through March 31

Out of an abundance of caution and to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, each of our 11th Legislative District offices, by the direction of the Assembly Speaker, has been closed through March 31. You can still contact our Ocean Township district office via the phone number (732) 695-3371; however, please be prepared to leave a detailed message if you are not immediately connected with a member of our staff.

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76sc March 16, 2020

Gopal Announces Funding for Affordable Housing Alliance

NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP - State Senator Vin Gopal joined Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey in announcing two state grants to the Affordable Housing Alliance Inc. of Monmouth County.

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76sc March 13, 2020

Gopal Introduces Bill Restoring Benefits for New Jersey LGBTQ Veterans Discharged Under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - For nearly 18 years, members of the United States military could be dishonorably discharged if they were found to be gay, lesbian, or bisexual under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), an official military policy that forced thousands of patriotic Americans out of the military, depriving them of a chance to serve their country and their hard-earned benefits. Today, Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling announced the introduction of new state legislation restoring these benefits for LGBTQ veterans discharged under DADT.

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76sc March 05, 2020

Senator Gopal Hosts "Women in Public Service" Reception in Celebration of Women’s History Month

ASBURY PARK - In honor of Women’s History Month, Senator Vin Gopal will be hosting a “Women in Public Service” reception honoring municipal and state women leaders of New Jersey’s 11th District on Monday, March 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Parlor Gallery, located at 717 Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park.

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76sc March 02, 2020

Gopal, Houghtaling, & Downey Laud Governor’s Proposed $50 Million for School Stabilization Aid

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey were pleased to see that Governor Murphy is supporting their well-publicized plan for stabilization aid to school districts facing a decrease in state funding due to declining enrollment during his annual budget address this Tuesday. 

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76sc February 26, 2020

Gopal, Houghtaling and Downey Announce State Award for Interfaith Neighbors

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Vin Gopal joined Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey in announcing a $25,000 award to Interfaith Neighbors in Asbury Park from the state Meals On Wheels program.

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76sc February 26, 2020

“Support Our Schools” Campaign Calls For New State Funds for Special Education & Transitional Aid

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - In response to reports of potential program cuts for Monmouth County school districts, Senator Vin Gopal is calling on Governor Murphy and the state legislature to dedicate new corporate tax revenues to New Jersey public schools, protecting student services and reducing the burden on local property taxpayers.

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76sc February 19, 2020

Monmouth County Residents Can Get Lower Utility Bills at “Utility Assistance Day”

ASBURY PARK - Monmouth County residents who are having difficulty paying their utility bills can get help on Wednesday, March 4 between 4 and 7 p.m. at the Salvation Army office located in Asbury Park at 605 Asbury Avenue.

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76sc February 18, 2020

Gopal Bill Allowing Towns and Schools to Share Insurance Plans, Save Money Passes Committee

TRENTON - A bill introduced by Senator Vin Gopal aiming to help prevent rising property taxes by promoting shared services between towns and school districts was approved by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee this Thursday.

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