Governor Phil Murphy is a fierce advocate for us all

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Out In Jersey magazine Editor Sam Martino
Out In Jersey magazine Editor Sam Martino

Editor’s letter

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed S2815, which directs the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs (DMAVA) to assist former Armed Forces service members who were denied an honorable discharge.

If you are living in New Jersey count yourself lucky because you have access to beaches, mountains, and fashionable cities which are within your reach. We also have Governor Phil Murphy and his wife Tammy who are advocates for all.

Right now women’s rights are under attack in Texas, but they are not in New Jersey. If Jack Ciatarelli is elected, we are going to be pushed down that road. The last thing we want is for that to change here in New Jersey, so it is imperative that you get out and vote on November 2nd!

Troglodyte Republican candidate for New Jersey Governor Jack Ciattarelli, promised constituents that if elected he would put an end to the LGBTQ curriculum currently being taught in schools. “I feel lucky [our kids] are in their 20s and I don’t have to be dealing with what you’re dealing with right now,” Ciatterelli says in a video. “You won’t have to deal with it when I’m governor, but we’re not teaching gender ID and sexual orientation to kindergarteners. We’re not teaching sodomy in sixth grade. And we’re going to roll back the LGBTQ curriculum. It goes too far.”

Christian Fuscarino, executive director of Garden State Equality, responded to the video, pointing specifically to Ciattarelli’s use of the word “sodomy” in his remarks. “[It sounds like he’s] speaking in code or virtue-signaling to a very specific group of people,” Fuscarino explained. “He goes on to say more bluntly that he wants to roll back some of the progress the LGTBQ community has made. We’ve seen enough of that at the federal level the last four years with the Trump administration.”

Governor Murphy on the other hand is a fierce advocate for all people including women, seniors, and LGBTQ people. Just recently Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation to establish specific rights and protections for LGBTQ older adults and people living with HIV in long-term care facilities.

“Building a stronger and fairer New Jersey starts with ensuring that every individual is given the right to live their truth openly and freely,” said Governor Murphy. “Today’s bill signing underscores this commitment to our LGBTQI+ older adults and people living with HIV in long-term care facilities by providing critical protections from discrimination. No one should ever feel ashamed for who they are, and everyone should be able to live with the dignity and equality that they deserve.”

Make sure you are registered to vote by October 12, 21 days before Election Day!
Remember November 2nd so put it in your calendar and get out and vote!!!

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Maria Sammartino (aka Sam Martino), is a writer and artist for over 15 years. Maria started at Out In Jersey as the news editor in 2009, and shortly thereafter became the Editor-In-Chief. She has been published in the Philadelphia Gay News, The International Journal of MS Care, and other publications. Maria goes by Sam Martino because she believes that women are never given a fair shot - and doesn’t want her art or her writing to be judged based on her sex, but on the merit of the work.