In the debate over stem cell research in New Jersey, it is important to keep a tally of what politicians promise and what politicians deliver. Assemblywoman Amy Handlin has done a terrific job exposing these gaps when it comes to the new $110 million facility at the UMDNJ’s Newark Campus that is quite literally half empty. This facility could be used to conduct important research and yet it has gone largely unused – despite promises from politicians and the high costs of constructing it. And what’s even worse, while this space is wasted, politicians go around patting themselves on the back for all they have done to support stem cell research in New Jersey. Before the voters in New Jersey vote on ballot questions for further stem cell research funding, we deserve to know the purpose of, and intentions for, the new UMDNJ facility. The political grandstanding must stop – lauding NJ stem cell research opportunities is just empty talk if not accompanied by actual work.