“IRS” Scam ramping up again as tax season approaches

Posted on 02/3/2016 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

NJ residents increasingly report receiving calls in recent days AARP urges caution, encourages sharing of information with neighbors Across New Jersey, residents have been receiving phone calls from scammers claiming to be from the IRS or the US Treasury for a while now. This isn’t necessarily a new scam. But over the last few days, the number and frequency of these calls to New Jersey residents has increased, and it is likely to continue to escalate as we enter tax …

Thank you for protecting our retirement savings, Senator Booker

Posted on 02/2/2016 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Senator Cory Booker is one of a handful in Congress who is fighting tirelessly to protect Americans and their retirement savings. Over the last several months, Senator Booker has helped to save a proposed rule that would make it illegal for financial advisers to give you retirement advice that is not in your best interest. Do you have a 401k, an IRA or have you ever gone to a financial expert for advice? Then this applies to you. Most financial …

Governor Christie, it’s time to give back to caregivers

Posted on 01/15/2016 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

These days, there are very few things that both political parties agree on. So, when something receives unanimous bipartisan support in the NJ legislature, it’s worth paying attention to. This week the NJ Assembly unanimously passed legislation to establish a NJ Caregiver Task Force (S2640/A4026). This task force will work to identify the services and supports that are currently available to caregivers and solicit input from family caregivers on where the shortfalls are based on the everyday, real work they …

Governor Christie needs to protect nursing home residents

Posted on 01/13/2016 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

We all need to be concerned about the quality of nursing home care. Just about everyone has a loved one who eventually will need nursing home care or will need it themselves. And the record indicates that care in New Jersey nursing homes can benefit from greater oversight. For example, an AARP survey shows that New Jersey ranks 49 out of 50 states in preventing bedsores in nursing homes. Governor Christie is considering whether to sign a bill raising minimum …

Rein in Unreasonable Rate Hikes

Posted on 01/1/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

More than three years since Hurricane Sandy ravaged New Jersey, residents are still battling the fallout, including power companies’ demands to raise rates to repair and upgrade infrastructure. On behalf of consumers, AARP New Jersey is fighting unreasonable rate hikes. Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) proposed a $1.6 billion increase to replace aging, leaky cast-iron gas pipes with stronger plastic lines. Amid pressure from AARP and other consumer advocates, PSE&G agreed to scale back the project to $905 million. …

Volunteer Spotlight: Jacqueline Robinson

Posted on 12/7/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

One of AARP New Jersey’s newest volunteers, Jacqueline Robinson worked in the Pharmaceutical industry for the majority of her career. When she was downsized after working at her last company for 27 years, Jackie decided to step out on a limb – she opted to take the retirement package offered to her and start JRR Consulting, Inc., and the division “Retire and Reinvent” (www.retireandreinvent.com). Because Jackie is passionate about helping people become the person they were meant to be, she became …