State Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-Totowa) and Assemblywomen Betty Lou DeCroce (R-Parsippany) said tonight that Assemblyman Jay Webber’s (R-Morris Plains) vote today against the Equal Pay legislation does not represent the majority of Republican’s – both men and women – who support pay equity.
Both legislators have endorsed Antony Ghee for the Republican nomination for Congress against Weber.
“As a legislator, it’s our job to put people before politics, and in the case of New Jersey’s hard working women, ensure that they are treated equally,” said Corrado. “According to the National Women’s Law Center, ‘women in New Jersey make 81 cents for every dollar paid to men.’ Which is why I’m baffled that Jay Webber, a sitting member of the Assembly, would not only vote against equal pay for equal work, but claim that we already have it. It defies logic.”
Corrado, who represents a legislative district adjacent to Webber and some of the towns in the 11th congressional district, says she is “proud to stand up in support of the Equal Pay bill and believe that we need elected officials in Trenton and Washington who will always put people before politics. Today, Jay Webber failed the women of New Jersey.”
DeCroce offered harsh criticism of her running mate.
“The fact that Assemblyman Webber cannot publicly recognize and support the concept that women are entitled to be paid equally to their male counterparts is disappointing, ” said DeCroce. “I want to assure everyone that Assemblyman Webber’s position does not represent the values of our state or our Republican Party. I’m not sure Assemblyman Webber recognizes the fact that times have changed in America and that the Republican Party stands for equal treatment of women in the workplace.”
The bill passed the Assembly with bi-partisan support, 72-2. Only Webber and Michael Patrick Carroll (R-Morris Township) voted no.
“Work is not a hobby for women. There are many women in this state who head households and who are counted on to bring home a fair and decent salary to support children and elderly parents,” said DeCroce ” This bill supports those women. There are many middle class families in New Jersey that need two incomes to survive. And that means they are depending on a woman to bring home a paycheck that reflects her value and contribution to her family and to her employer. “