— Research by the Rutgers Eagleton Center for Public Polling, Eagleton Institute of Politics released today shows that the residents of New Jersey, regardless of party and age, are worried about the high cost of electricity and that they do not support subsides to nuclear power companies.  Overall, almost three quarters of respondents (72%) indicate that they are worried about the cost of electric bills going up and an overwhelming majority (75%) says they are not interested in subsidizing already profitable …

— It’s time for lawmakers to listen to their constituents. 72% of New Jersey residents are worried about the cost of electric bills going up and 75% say they are not interested in subsidizing already profitable nuclear power companies.     A nuclear tax is bad for New Jersey utility ratepayers. New Jerseyans shouldn’t be forced to subsidize a profitable Fortune 500 company that won’t open its books to the public. #NoNukeTax

— By Christina Hernandez Sherwood Two years ago, Lorri Smalls left South Carolina for New Jersey to help care for her aunt, Terri Ago, who is in her 70s. The women share an apartment in East Orange and Smalls, 44, accompanies Ago to doctor appointments, cooks meals, mends clothes and assists her aunt with other needs. Smalls said she volunteered for this role out of love, but has spent thousands of dollars along the way. “Caregiving is a compassionate gift that …

— By Christina Hernandez Sherwood In an election garnering national attention, Garden State voters on Nov. 7 will choose their next governor: Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, a Republican, or Democratic challenger Phil Murphy. New Jersey and Virginia are the only two states with gubernatorial elections in 2017. Two-term governor and onetime presidential candidate Chris Christie will be replaced by Guadagno, 58, his running mate, or Murphy, 60. Guadagno has served as lieutenant governor since 2010. She was previously the first female …

— AARP Commends Gov. Christie for Supporting Caregivers of Wounded Warriors A Statement from AARP New Jersey State President Dave Mollen AARP applauds Governor Christie for his enactment today of The Wounded Warrior Caregiver Relief Act (S750), which will provide a modest state income tax credit for the eligible, unpaid family caregivers of our post- 9-11 Wounded Warriors. The Wounded Warrior Caregivers Relief Act provides a tax credit to qualified family caregivers who take care of a military service member who has …

— By Christina Hernandez Sherwood When Superstorm Sandy struck New Jersey in October 2012 and power was out for a week in West Orange, Robert Rashkes depended on his copper wire landline phone service to get automated updates from the mayor. Rashkes, 58, a retired internal auditor, relayed those updates to neighbors whose fiber optic landline service went out with the electricity. “It showed us the importance of the copper wire,” Rashkes said. Two months later, he joined the inaugural class …

—   The health care bill pushed by the leadership in the US House of Representatives has come back to life in an even more damaging form. The legislation would hit people 50-64 with an “age tax” that could cost them up to $13,000 a year. And the deal worked out behind closed doors would allow insurance companies to deny coverage or increase costs by thousands of dollars for people with pre-existing conditions. 25 million Americans between the ages of 50 …

— Statistics from the National Council on Aging show that 1 in 10 Americans 60 and older have experienced elder abuse, and there is broad consensus that the crime is significantly underreported. That’s why AARP New Jersey is working with other organizations on a recently created state Task Force on Abuse Against the Elderly and Disabled. The task force will develop policy proposals to reduce elder abuse, including mental, physical and financial exploitation. A key goal is to strengthen the capabilities …

—   This has been a busy week for President Donald Trump.  He’s been signing executive orders, holding high-level meetings — and tweeting up a storm.  All of this makes it clear that our 45th president is eager to deliver quickly on the promises he made during his campaign. At AARP, we’re focusing on one important promise:  The pledge he made not to cut Medicare. Older voters were instrumental in electing President Trump and the Republican Congress. Now those voters are …

—   Every day, AARP fights for New Jerseyans, focused on the issues they face in their daily lives.  To be successful, this work depends on the elected officials who write, support, and move legislation; who work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get things done; and who come together on critical votes that turn bills into law. To recognize the state elected officials who were integral to the passage of key legislation to help Americans retire with …