EAST BRUNSWICK – At a celebratory luncheon hosted by the Middlesex County Federation of Democratic Women, state Sen. Joseph F. Vitale was honored for his contributions to Democratic party politics in Central Jersey and around the state and for his ongoing work to improve health care for all New Jersey residents.
“I’ve always believed that public officials have to follow their hearts, and take on the tough battles not because it will win you accolades down the road, but because it’s the right thing to do,” said Vitale, D-Woodbridge. “That said, when a grassroots organization like the Middlesex County Federation of Democratic Women says you’re doing a good job, it’s energizing, because it means you’re on the right track. I’d like to thank the Federation for their recognition, and pledge to continue to work for the good of all New Jerseyans.”
The luncheon was held Sunday at the East Brunswick Chateau. In addition to Vitale, Middlesex County Clerk Elaine Flynn and Middlesex County Democratic Chairman and Sheriff Joe Spicuzzo were also honored. The luncheon also marked the 20th anniversary of the Sayreville Lady Democrats, led by organization President Shirley Dill, and Lady Democrat member Barbara Kilcomens officially presented Senator Vitale with his award from the Federation.
“Under the leadership of President Dill, the Sayreville Lady Democrats have raised the bar in terms of community service and encouraging women to participate at all levels of New Jersey politics,” said Senator Vitale. “It’s an honor to share the stage with them and celebrate their 20th year of working to empower women through the political process. And it’s particularly gratifying to be named alongside Elaine Flynn and Joe Spicuzzo, two elected officials I have so much respect for, and who collectively have been serving the people of Middlesex County for decades.”
In addition to representing Middlesex County on the State level, the Federation cited Vitale’s efforts as Chairman of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee to make healthcare more affordable in the Garden State. They acknowledged bills he had sponsored to protect New Jerseyans from lead toxicity, his advocacy for insurance coverage for hearing aids, and his leadership in providing automatic enrollment in Pharmaceutical Assistance for the Aged and Disabled (PAAD) and SeniorGold, as well as his work in expanding New Jersey FamilyCare to provide primary care coverage for the uninsured. The group also applauded the Senator for his commitment to ensuring that veterans in New Jersey receive the services that they deserve.
“At a time when health care policy is so prominent in the national political debate, and opponents of health care access attempt to capitalize on minor divisions in opinion to prolong the status quo and continue to enrich themselves, we have to recommit ourselves to our priorities,” said Vitale.
“I’ve fought in New Jersey to make health care more accessible because I believe it’s a fundamental right, not a privilege for the wealthy elite. Now more than ever, we need to work with all groups interested in more affordable health care, and fight on against a coordinated opposition which puts personal agendas above the public good.”
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