Willis Edwards III
and Peter Eagler, elected last November to represent the 34th Legislative District in the state Assembly, are rookie representatives, but so what?
and Eagler ran on a slate headed by Montclair resident Nia H. Gill, the 34th District's state Senator.
In the just-concluded legislative session, Eagler and Edwards
successfully pushed back the application date for the Homestead Rebate program, allowing hundreds of seniors, disabled individuals, and persons of limited income to escape paying increases in their property taxes.
and Eagler were prime sponsors of a bill that could potentially generate $3 to $4 million a year for brain injury research.
Eagler and Edwards
said that one of reasons they've been successful is because they have each other to lean on and they have built a cohesive team.
"I regularly speak with my senator and Peter," said Edwards
...Edwards is the vice chair of the Housing & Local Government Committee, and a member of the Health & Human Services Committee.
Typical of most state legislators, Edwards
maintains a full-time job.Edwards is vice president of East Orange General Hospital.
When the legislative session is on, he
spends a minimum of two days per week in Trenton.The legislative job pays $49,000 per year.
Both Eagler and Edwards
backed DiVincenzo's opponent, Montclair resident Thomas Giblin, in the primary election held in June.
Three of the majority 44 Democrats often vote with the 36 Republicans, according to Eagler and Edwards