Joan M. Quigley


Joan M. Quigley

Joan M. Quigley (born September 11 1940) is an American Democratic Party politician who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 1994, where she represents the 32nd legislative district. Quigley serves as the Majority Conference Leader starting with the 2006-2008 legislative session. She was the Assembly's Deputy Speaker from 2004-2006 and was the Minority Parliamentarian from 1999-2001. [http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/BIO.asp?Leg=97 Assemblywoman Quigley's legislative web page] , New Jersey Legislature. Accessed April 13, 2008.]

Quigley serves in the Assembly on the State Government Committee (as Chair), the Budget Committee, the Health and Senior Services Committee and the Legislative Services Commission.

Quigley sponsored legislation mandating registration of sex offenders and requiring filing of DNA types with state and national databases, and also sponsored legislation setting a statute of limitations on parking tickets.Fact|date=April 2008

Quigley is a Hospital administrator for the Bon Secours New Jersey Health System (former Franciscan Health System). She was previously employed as public information officer for the Hudson County Welfare Board and as executive director of a retired senior volunteer program of the Hudson County United Way.

She received an A.A. from Hudson County Community College in Public Policy, a B.A. in 1977 from Saint Peter's College, New Jersey in Urban Studies/Sociology and was awarded an M.P.A. in 1979 from Rutgers University in Public Administration.

Proposed Ban of Ann Coulter's book "Godless"

On June 8, 2006, Quigley and Assemblywoman Linda Stender proposed banning the sale of Ann Coulter's book "" in New Jersey. They issued a joint press release, calling on "...New Jersey retailers to ban the sale of her book throughout the state."

A few days after Quigley and Stender's press release was issued, it was edited on the New Jersey Assembly Democratic Majority website. The word "ban" was replaced with the word "boycott" in two instances (in the title and in the third paragraph). [ [http://www.assemblydems.com/press/0606/PRQuigleyStenderOnCoulter.htm QUIGLEY/STENDER CALL ON NJ MERCHANTS TO BOYCOTT SALE OF 'VICIOUS' COULTER BOOK: Hate-filled Attacks on NJ 9-11 Widows Has No Place on NJ Bookshelves] N.J. Assembly Democratic Majority June 8, 2006] The original text of the press release can viewed on several websites. [ [http://telicthoughts.com/?p=761 Legislators urge bookstores to ban Ann Coulter's book] Telic Thoughts June 15, 2006] [ [http://justcitizens.blogspot.com/2006/06/let-book-burnings-commence.html Let the book burnings commence!] Just Citizens June 13, 2006] [ [http://sweetness-light.com/archive/nj-state-reps-demand-banning-of-coulter-book NJ Reps Demand Banning Of Coulter Book] Sweetness & Light June 11, 2006] [ [http://www.scienceblogs.com/insolence/2006/06/nj_legislators_call_on_booksto.php NJ legislators call on bookstores to "ban" the sale of Ann Coulter's Godless] Respectful Insolence June 14, 2006] [ [http://www.baristanetnj.com/2006/06/iraqs_most_wanted_terrorist_de.php Iraq's Most Wanted Terrorist Dead] BaristaNet NJ June 9, 2006.]

Quigley and Stender issued the press release in response to Coulter's criticism of the Jersey Girls, four widows of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks from New Jersey who have criticized U.S. policies in the events leading up to September 11th. Due to this press release Stender and Quigley were both featured on "Larry King Live" on CNN.Fact|date=February 2007

Quigley and Stender's call to ban Coulter's book has been denounced as censorship by some. [ [http://www.opinionjournal.com/best/?id=110008497 Best of the Web: The Coulter Kerfuffle] OpinionJournal.com June 9, 2006] However, others have defended the two by saying that they were merely advocating a boycott, which would allow the book to continue being published uncensored.

District 32

Each of the forty districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 32nd District for the 2008-2009 Legislative Session are:
*Senator Nicholas Sacco, and
*Assemblyman Vincent Prieto

References

External links

* [http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/BIO.asp?Leg=97 Assemblywoman Quigley's legislative web page] , New Jersey Legislature
*"New Jersey Legislature financial disclosure forms"
** [http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/ethics/FinancialDisclosure/QuigleyJ2007.pdf 2007] [http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/ethics/FinancialDisclosure/QuigleyJ2006.pdf 2006] [http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/ethics/FinancialDisclosure/QuigleyJ2005.pdf 2005] [http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/ethics/FinancialDisclosure/QuigleyJ2004.pdf 2004]
* [http://www.vote-smart.org/bio.php?can_id=4447 Assembly Member Joan M. Quigley] , Project Vote Smart
* [http://www.njvoterinfo.org/cb/quigley.html New Jersey Voter Information Website 2003]


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