Joan M. Quigley
Joan M. Quigley (born September 11, 1940) is an American Democratic Party politician who served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1994 to 2012, representing the 32nd Legislative District. Quigley served 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. She writes for the Jersey Journal.
Quigley served 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.
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.
In the wake of redistricting following the results of the 2010 United States Census, the portion of Jersey City in which Quigley resides was removed from the 32nd District, and based on that change she decided in April 2011 not to seek re-election to a seventh term of office in the Assembly in November and was replaced on the general election ballot by Angelica M. Jimenez, a vice president of the board of education in West New York. Jimenez won the election and succeeded Quigley in the Assembly in January 2012.
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 Godless: The Church of Liberalism 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). The original text of the press release can viewed on several websites.
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 11. Due to this press release Stender and Quigley were both featured on Larry King Live on CNN.
Quigley and Stender's call to ban Coulter's book has been denounced as censorship by some. 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.
- Assemblywoman Quigley's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed April 13, 2008.
- McDonald, Terrence T. "Jersey City's longtime Assemblywoman Joan Quigley, victim of redistricting, won't seek seventh term; West New York ed board member Angelica Maria Jimenez replaces her on ticket", The Jersey Journal, April 7, 2011. Accessed May 19, 2011.
- "Turnover in N.J. Legislature is slight". Asbury Park Press. 2012-01-10. Retrieved 2012-01-20.
- 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
- Legislators urge bookstores to ban Ann Coulter's book Archived 2006-09-26 at the Wayback Machine. Telic Thoughts June 15, 2006
- Let the book burnings commence! Just Citizens June 13, 2006
- NJ Reps Demand Banning Of Coulter Book Sweetness & Light June 11, 2006
- NJ legislators call on bookstores to "ban" the sale of Ann Coulter's Godless Archived 2007-01-12 at the Wayback Machine. Respectful Insolence June 14, 2006
- Iraq's Most Wanted Terrorist Dead[permanent dead link] BaristaNet NJ June 9, 2006.
- Best of the Web: The Coulter Kerfuffle OpinionJournal.com June 9, 2006