Press Releases

September 26, 2022

Rep. Watson Coleman Statement on Passing of Former Congressman, Governor Jim Florio

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 26, 2022) — Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) issued the following statement on the passing of former Congressman and New Jersey Governor Jim Florio:    “I am devastated to hear of Jim Florio’s passing. Jim dedicated his career to serving New Jersey families spending a quarter of a century in public office.   “In Congress, Jim fought to pass the Superfund legislation that cleaned up toxic pollution across … Continue Reading


September 23, 2022

Rep. Watson Coleman Statement on Passing of Former Mercer County Commissioner Pat Colavita

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 23, 2022) — Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) issued the following statement on the passing of former Mercer County Commissioner Pasquale A. “Pat” Colavita, Jr.:   “I am deeply saddened to learn of Pat Colavita’s passing. Pat spent more than three decades in local office, serving as a member of the Lawrence Township Board of Education, a Lawrence Township Council member, and the mayor of Lawrence before … Continue Reading


September 01, 2022

Rep. Watson Coleman Secures $1.6 Million in Funding for Reconstruction on Dunhams Corner Road

Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) visited the East Brunswick Community Arts Center with East Brunswick Mayor Brad Cohen, South Brunswick Mayor Charlie Carley and members of their respective city councils and administrations to present a check for $1,600,091 secured by the Congresswoman for repairs and improvements to Dunhams Corner Road which borders East and South Brunswick.  The more-than 40-year-old road will be repaired and a crucial drainage system will be … Continue Reading


August 24, 2022

Congresswoman Watson Coleman Releases Statement on President Biden’s Student Loan Relief Plan

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus issued the following statement after President Biden announced that the federal government will provide historic student debt relief:  “Since President Biden took office, my House colleagues and I have called on President Biden to deliver broad student debt relief to alleviate the millions of borrowers who have struggled under the burden of the high costs of education and outrageous … Continue Reading


August 12, 2022

Rep. Watson Coleman Votes for Historic Inflation Reduction Act to Lower New Jerseyans' Costs

Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) voted to pass the Inflation Reduction Act, a comprehensive budget reconciliation package that will create jobs, fight climate change, and cut kitchen-table costs for working families. Already passed by the Senate, the bill now heads to the President’s desk.   “Among other things, the Inflation Reduction Act will relieve the pain of rising prices, hold corporations and billionaires accountable, and make our … Continue Reading


August 05, 2022

Rep. Watson Coleman Secures $500,000 in Funding For Trenton Artwalk

Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) visited Artworks, a community nonprofit in Trenton, NJ that promotes artistic diversity by fostering creativity, learning, and appreciation of the arts through exhibitions, workshops and other events. As part of the fiscal year 2022 federal government funding bill, the Congresswoman secured $500,000 for Artworks for the Artwalk project for lighting and murals along a pedestrian and bicycle passage between the Trenton Transit Center and … Continue Reading


July 29, 2022

Watson Coleman Votes to Reinstate Assault Weapons Ban to Prevent Gun Violence for Safer Communities

Today, Rep. Watson Coleman voted for historic legislation that will reinstate the assault weapons ban, a key action to ensure safer communities for New Jerseyans by preventing gun violence and keeping weapons of war off our streets. “Today, House Democrats took a bold step in the fight to end the gun violence epidemic by reinstating the assault weapons ban,” said Watson Coleman.  “From Buffalo, New York to Uvalde, Texas, children and families should never feel unsafe in … Continue Reading


July 28, 2022

Rep. Watson Coleman Votes for CHIPS and Science Act to Lower Families’ Costs, Power American Economic Independence

Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) voted for bipartisan legislation to improve New Jersey families’ financial future, boost the United States’ research advantage, and protect our economic and national security. The CHIPS and Science Act will invest in the United States’ global competitiveness by creating jobs, slashing kitchen table costs, ending dependence on foreign manufacturers, and spurring American innovation. Previously passed by the Senate, this … Continue Reading


July 20, 2022

Rep. Watson Coleman Votes to Invest in American Families, Economy with Government Funding Package

Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) voted to pass HR 8294, the Appropriations minibus. This legislation will support New Jersey families, create good-paying jobs and protect New Jerseyans’ health and well-being.  “I’ve said since I was a state Assemblywoman, ‘show me your budget and I’ll show you your values,’” said Watson Coleman. “The package we passed today is a statement of the values of this Congress and through my … Continue Reading


July 19, 2022

Rep. Watson Coleman Votes to Protect Marriage Equality Amid Right-Wing Threats

In response to continued right-wing threats to New Jerseyan's personal liberties, Rep. Watson Coleman (NJ-12) today voted to enshrine marriage equality into federal law.  The Respect for Marriage Act will officially repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a defunct and discriminatory statute excluding same-sex couples from marriage under federal law.  This legislation will also codify new protections ensuring that no married couple can be denied protections and benefits under … Continue Reading


July 19, 2022

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman Arrested Outside Supreme Court During Protest for Abortion Rights

Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) was arrested alongside several of her House colleagues and other protesters outside the Supreme Court while peacefully protesting the Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade. She was held for about one hour, processed, and released.Upon her release, Congresswoman Watson Coleman issued the following statement:   A month ago, six reactionaries in robes ended the constitutional right … Continue Reading


July 14, 2022

Rep. Watson Coleman Calls on Justice Department to Address Delay in Release of Nonviolent Incarcerated Americans

Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) led a group of 12 Democratic Members of Congress in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland calling for the Justice Department to immediately address delays in the process of releasing thousands of Americans incarcerated for nonviolent offenses.   Under the First Step Act of 2018, federal nonviolent inmates are eligible for early release. This legislation addresses the United States’ mass incarceration problem by decreasing … Continue Reading


July 14, 2022

Rep. Watson Coleman Votes for Active Shooter Alert Act

Yesterday, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) voted for legislation to establish a rapid warning system to alert communities of nearby active shooters. The Active Shooter Alert Act will establish a program similar to the AMBER Alert system, allowing law enforcement to efficiently and effectively alert the public during a shooting. The bill’s passage follows House Republicans’ inexplicable attempt to obstruct this life-saving legislation last month.   “In the … Continue Reading


June 30, 2022

Rep. Watson Coleman Statement on West Virginia v. EPA Ruling

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency decision, which ruled that the EPA does not have the authority to regulate carbon emissions:  “In 1970, the Clean Air Act authorized the federal government to take necessary action to limit air pollution and protect our planet. For 52 years, Congress has granted the EPA the authority to carry out the provisions of the Clean Air … Continue Reading


June 24, 2022

Rep. Watson Coleman Votes for Historic Gun Violence Prevention Bill

Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) voted to pass historic legislation that would directly address the United States’ gun violence crisis. The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act will be the country’s first federal gun violence prevention law in 28 years.   “In the wake of the massacres in Buffalo, Uvalde, and countless others, Congress has finally decided to act. Today, the House passed legislation to directly address the American gun violence … Continue Reading


June 24, 2022

Rep. Watson Coleman Statement on Supreme Court Decision Overturning Roe v. Wade

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health decision:    “This is a dark day for women, a dark day for freedom, and a dark day in the history of our country. By overturning Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court has erased half a century’s worth of progress and legal precedent.  “A world without Roe is a world in which the fundamental right of a person to control … Continue Reading


June 23, 2022

Rep. Watson Coleman Statement on New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen decision:   “We are 174 days into 2022. In that time, there have been more than 279 mass shootings in our country. There were only 10 days between the massacres in Buffalo and Uvalde. In those 10 days, 14 mass shootings that terrorized communities across the country didn’t even make national headlines. This violence, … Continue Reading


June 22, 2022

Watson Coleman Votes to Pass the Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act

Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) voted for passage of the Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well Being Act, H.R.7666, a comprehensive bipartisan bill introduced by Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ-6).  The bill strengthens and expands more than 30 programs that support mental health care and substance abuse disorder prevention, care, treatment, and recovery. Congresswoman Watson Coleman worked with the Energy and Commerce Committee and her colleagues to include … Continue Reading


June 16, 2022

Rep. Watson Coleman Votes to Lower Food and Fuel Costs

Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) voted for new bipartisan legislation to fight inflation by lowering the cost of food and fuel. The Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act will help bring down prices in the grocery store and at the gas pump by giving American farmers and ranchers the support they need to thrive.  “Today, I proudly voted for stronger action to bring down kitchen table costs for working, low-income, and no-income families,” said Congresswoman Watson … Continue Reading


June 14, 2022

Reps. Sherrill, Watson Coleman, Sires, Pascrell, Malinowski, Gottheimer Statement on Supreme Court Police Parity Act

Representatives Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Albio Sires (NJ-8), Bill Pascrell (NJ-9), Tom Malinowski (NJ-7), and Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) released the following statement regarding today’s vote on the Supreme Court Police Parity Act:   “We fully support expanding security for Supreme Court Justices and their families. We also firmly believe that those expanded protections should apply to federal judges and their families, who face … Continue Reading

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