HOLMDEL/MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Talk about a brain drain in the 13th Legislative District. The NJ State Legislature is losing a graduate of Harvard (BA), Columbia (MBA) and New York University (PhD) on the very same day as one smart woman, Assemblywoman Amy Handlin, retires. Handlin currently represents the 13th Legislative District which includes Aberdeen, Atlantic Highlands, Fair Haven, Hazlet, Highlands,Holmdel, Keansburg, Keyport, Little Silver, Marlboro, Middletown, Monmouth Beach,Oceanport, Rumson, Sea Bright and Union Beach. 

The arc of Handlin's career goes back to service on the Middletown Township Committee from 1987-1990 and the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1990-2005. Her service in the NJ State Assembly started in 2006- present and included serving as Deputy Republican Leader 2008-present and Deputy Leader in 2007.

Relentless on transparency and attacking corruption, Handlin typically acts in a bi-partisan fashion. Recently she has issued several press releases with newly elected Senator Vin Gopal. Said Gopal, "A principled leader who has championed anti-scamming legislation and awareness. I haev enjoyed working with her on this issue these past few months. A bipartisan partner, Amy often was the highest vote getter gaining thousands of crossover votes. Best wishes in all your future endeavors Assemblywoman."

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Crossing party lines to effect change is one of Handlin's hallmarks as a local, county and state legislator. She is reported to be leaving after her term expires. This forecloses on plans to have a vacancy appointment.  Handlin has had a long career in elected office and is considered an independent thinker who is not swayed by the politics of the moment. 

Below are recent bills she working on:

A172  "New Jersey Jobs Protection Act;" requires verification of employment.
A173  Creates a civil "rape shield" law.
A174  Clarifies penalties court may impose in sentencing certain adults and juveniles guilty of making false public alarms.
A175  Requires electronic bulletin board on DCA website for local units to advertise shared services opportunities; requires development of computerized survey to match local units together to implement shared services.
A176  Requires suspension of local elected and appointed officers and employees indicted for certain offenses that, upon conviction, require forfeiture of office or position.
A177  Requires ELEC to provide ethics training for governmental affairs agents.
A178  Requires all elected or appointed local government officers to receive ethics training.
A179  Limits payment to certain public employees for accumulated sick leave upon retirement; requires fine and reprimand or termination for violation of sick leave by public employee.
A180  Creates "Comprehensive Anti-Nepotism Act."
A181  Concerns repayment of unemployment insurance benefits obtained fraudulently.
A182  Amends definition of "racketeering activity" in RICO statute to include unemployment insurance fraud offenses.
A183  Establishes the "New Jersey Right to Work Act"; prohibits payroll deduction of union dues from wages or salaries of public employees.
A184  Directs AG to enter into agreement with U.S. Attorney General to empower certain corrections officers to investigate immigration status of inmates.
A185  Concerns eligibility for unemployment benefits for certain seasonal workers.
A186  Prohibits dual government employment and office holding; requires pension forfeiture by convicted elected officials; bans use of campaign funds for criminal defense costs; revises legislative conflict of interest standards.
A187  Requires candidates keep detailed records of how campaign funds are spent for the ordinary and necessary expenses of holding public office.
A188  Establishes system for early resolution of medical injury claims.
A189  Establishes pilot project to install global positioning system (GPS) devices on certain State vehicles.
A190  Regulates receipt of things of value by members and employees of Legislature and officers and employees of Executive Branch.
A191  Increases penalties for contractors who victimize clients during states of emergency.

The next general Assembly Election is November 2019.