February 2024

We’ve read the stories. We’ve seen the videos. We’ve been notified on our security cameras of cars being stolen from our driveways. We’ve seen home break ins while our kids are asleep upstairs. We are tired of it.


These once rare events are becoming daily occurrences in our communities. The largest contributing factor is the failed bail reform policies and guidance from state agencies that have crippled law enforcement’s ability to keep our towns safe and severely handcuffed our police from being able to prevent these criminals from engaging in the same brazen acts again.


Our legislative delegation has maintained that providing law enforcement with all the necessary tools to effectively keep our communities safe is of paramount importance to us as legislators. Senator Corrado, Assemblyman DePhillips and I believe if we are going to improve the quality of life for our district, we must give the men and women of law enforcement all the tools necessary to do their jobs.


We have supported efforts by towns in our district to obtain license plate readers to help track stolen vehicles a they move through towns and remove any threat of civil liability on police officers for engaging in conduct determined to be appropriate to do their jobs. We recently introduced legislation to make it tougher on criminals who commit certain crimes.


If you want to help deter car thefts and home burglaries, then criminals need to know they will be held accountable for committing these crimes.

Here are two bills recently introduced that do just that:


A2215/S947: Increases degree of crime for unlawful taking of motor vehicle

  • UPGRADES to a third-degree crime the unlawful taking, operation, or exercise of control over a motor vehicle without the consent of the owner.
  • This would now be punishable by THREE to FIVE YEARS IN PRISON and a fine of up to $15,000 or BOTH
  • UPGRADES to a second degree crime for any person to take, operate, or exercise control over a motor vehicle without the consent of the owner that creates a risk of injury to any person or a risk of damage to property.
  • This would be punishable by FIVE to TEN YEARS IN PRISON and a fine of up to $150,000 or BOTH.


A3587/S892: Upgrades burglary of residence to a crime of the second degree; requires mandatory period of parole ineligibility if residence was occupied at time of offense


  • UPGRADES penalty for unlawfully entering a person’s home, whether anyone is home or not, to a second degree crime.
  • This would be punishable by FIVE to TEN YEARS IN PRISON and a fine up to $150,000 or BOTH
  • PROHIBITS parole if someone was home during time of burglary – REQUIRES 85% of sentence of imprisonment to be served BEFORE criminal is eligible for parole.


Actions need to have consequences. As we move further into the legislative session, I will advocate for the passage of these bills and support any legislation that makes our communities safer.


I encourage you to visit the recently updated to find all of my press, social media and updates all on one site.


In the meantime, if you have any ideas or suggestions on legislation you would like to see, or if there is any issue my office can be of assistance to you with, please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected] or (973) 237-1362.


Assemblyman Al Barlas

40th Legislative District 

Touring the MVC’s Mobile Unit with Cedar Grove Township Manager, Joe Zichelli.

A productive discussion with mayors and officials from all municipalities across the district.

Taken after speaking at the New Jersey Muslim Law Association’s Muslim Heritage Month event.

Surprising Senator Kristin Corrado with Assemblyman Chris DePhillips with a proclamation for being presented the Mayor Sam Cherba Award from the Borough of Totowa Library Foundation.

Cutting the ribbon on Dervish Turkish Restaurant in Cedar Grove with Senator Corrado, Deputy Mayor Skabich, and Councilman Zazzali.

Touring Red Ribbon Academy, a center for developmentally disabled adults, operated by Community Options in Wayne.

EMS Council of NJ Installation of Officers event in Verona with Senator Corrado and President Paula Weiler.

Taken after touring Verona’s Police Department with Senator Corrado and Assemblyman DePhillips. 

Cutting the ribbon in Totowa at NRESC Second Home Day Habilitation Center with Senator Corrado.


Al Barlas Takes General Assembly Oath of Office

On Tuesday, January 9th all 80 members of the General Assembly were sworn in to begin the 221st Legislative Session – with 27 new members. I swore my oath of office to the General Assembly, on the Quran my grandmother gave my mother 44 years ago when my parents got married, as my wife, kids, mom and sister stood by my side. 

Life presents opportunities that you never expect. My parents brought me to this country when I was 4 years old with nothing but 4 suitcases and $500 to their name for a better life and opportunities that wouldn’t have been otherwise available to me. I believe it is incumbent upon me, given the sacrifices my parents made for me, and my younger sister, that I step forward and do my part to make our state a better place than it is today.

During the 2023 campaign, along with my running mates, Kristin Corrado and Christopher DePhillips, we pledged to the residents of the 40th Legislative District that we would be their voice for issues in Trenton. Championing policies that will restore fiscal stability, reduce spending, cut taxes, ensure every child receives a high-quality education, support efforts to make our communities safer, and help grow our economy to create jobs for our residents. Representing a legislative district with over 230,000 residents that spans three counties and 15 municipalities means that we have our work cut out for us to ensure we are always responsive to the needs of our communities. 

The faith voters placed in me is not something I take for granted. That trust calls for a level of dedication and commitment that I will work every day to fulfill.

In the coming weeks you will hear more about legislative initiatives that I am sponsoring. In the meantime, should my office be able to assist you with any questions or issues, please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected] or (973) 237-1362.


Assemblyman Al Barlas

40th Legislative District

(L-R) Assemblyman Al Barlas, Senator Kristin Corrado, Assemblyman Chris DePhillips.


Assemblyman Al Barlas, Son Kamran, and Daughter Naila at his desk on the floor of the General Assembly.

Assemblyman-elect Barlas signing his oath of office.

Al with his sister.

 Al with his mother.

Al, his wife Sukaina, daughter Naila, and son Kamran.