I have always been a firm and dedicated supporter of Israel because of the unique and important friendship between our countries. Because Israel is surrounded by countries that have official policies to destroy her, I have continuously defended Israel's right to protect herself from terrorist attacks and all who would question her legitimate right to exist. It is very important that Israel's economy continues to be the strongest in the region. That is why I have worked closely to improve economic ties between the two countries. As a scientist, teacher and advocate for increased investment in research and development and the importance of innovation to create strong economies and jobs for the future, I have much respected the work of Israel's research community. I have worked to closely link and increase economic cooperation between our governments and companies in both countries.
I have also worked to promote interreligious respect. I was pleased to be a part of planning a series of "Three Faiths Walks," community events designed to be an opportunity to find common ground between Jews, Muslims, and Christians and reaffirm that we have more in common than what divides us. The House of Representatives passed a resolution I authored that honored Nostra Aetate, the Catholic Church's landmark document that called for respect for other faiths, particularly Judaism.
The Jewish community plays a crucial role in providing social and family services in Central New Jersey. In recent years I have been able to secure federal funding for Jewish social services agencies to support Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) programs which provide services that enable seniors to remain in their own homes as they age