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  • Sen. Anthony R. Bucco, Asm. Michael Patrick Carroll and Asm. Anthony M. Bucco (all R-25) were honored by Americans for Prosperity for promoting fiscal responsibility in the Legislature on July 23, 2014. (Press Release)

  • Senator Jennifer Beck (left-center) toured the Asbury Park, Long Branch and Red Bank train stations with NJ Transit Executive Director Veronique Hakim (right) on July 22, 2014. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Joe Kyrillos and Asm. Declan O’Scanlon (both R-13) toured the Rebuilding Union Beach demonstration project on July 9, 2014. The project is purchasing and installing storm resistant and environmentally friendly modular homes for 12-15 Union Beach families whose homes were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. (Twitter)

  • Sen. Jennifer Beck joined Gov. Chris Christie, Rep. Chris Smith, Asw. Caroline Casagrande and Neptune Mayor Michael Brantley for a ribbon cutting on July 3, 2014 to reopen the newly rebuilt Ocean Grove boardwalk for the first time since Superstorm Sandy. (NJOIT)

  • Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) speaking at the ribbon cutting of the newly rebuilt Ocean Grove boardwalk on July 3, 2014. The ceremony opened the boardwalk for the first time since Superstorm Sandy. (Paul Goldfinger/Blogfinger.net)

  • Senator Diane Allen (R-7) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers to talk about efforts to increase the participation of women in public service and elected office. (View the Video)

  • Sen. Steven Oroho (R-24), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, speaking against the FY’15 state budget and tax increases that he said repeat the mistakes of the past. (Press Release)

  • Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, speaking in opposition to the FY ’15 state budget proposal during a session of the New Jersey Senate on June 26, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean speaking in opposition to the 2015 New Jersey budget and tax increases proposed by Democrats, saying we shouldn’t give more reasons for our family members and employers to leave the state. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, speaking in opposition to the adoption of the Democrats’ 2015 state budget legislation during a session of the New Jersey Senate on June 26, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Sam Thompson (R-12), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, speaking in opposition to the adoption of the Democrats’ proposed FY 2015 state budget proposal during a Senate session on June 26, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-25) joined Republican legislators, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, NJ Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) and groups representing thousands of employers at a New Jersey State House rally on June 24, 2014 to oppose legislative Democrats’ proposed tax increases. (Facebook)

  • Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) spoke at a rally in front of the New Jersey State House on June 24, 2014 with Republican legislators and business groups representing thousands of state employers to oppose the Democrats’ proposed tax increases. (Photo Gallery)

Senator Jennifer Beck
Senator Mike Doherty

Beck, Doherty Introduce Bill to Save Cats & Dogs from Death Sentences

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Senators Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Mike Doherty (R-Hunterdon, Somerset, Warren) introduced legislation to save cats and dogs no longer used for educational, research or scientific purposes from automatic death sentences.

Legislation by Senators Beck and Doherty would require that cats and dogs used for educational, research or scientific purposes be offered to animal rescue groups for adoption prior to euthanizing the animals. (Facebook/Beagle Freedom Project)

The Senators’ bill, S-2344, would require institutions of higher education and research facilities to offer cats and dogs to animal rescue organizations for adoption prior to euthanizing the animals.

“All cats and dogs should have every possible opportunity to be a part of a loving home, and rescued animals make for the best family members and companions,” Beck said. “Cats and dogs shouldn’t be sentenced to death at the end of an experiment or project. Their lives should be respected and cherished from beginning to end.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck & O’Scanlon to Menendez: It’s About Time!

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State Legislators Say That Although Senator Is Late to the Table on Flood Insurance Problems, They Welcome His Help

Senator Jennifer Beck and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon responded to a NorthJersey.com article in which U.S. Senator Robert Menendez acknowledges that the flood insurance system is “is stacked against policyholders.”

Homes flooded by Hurricane Sandy pictured during an aerial damage survey of Belmar, NJ, on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

“Hundreds if not thousands of New Jersey Sandy survivors have been low-balled by NFIP,” Beck (R-Monmouth) said. “Homeowners paid premiums in good faith for decades only to find that the $250,000 limit is a farce. Many families are not back home because the flood insurance payouts were not even vaguely comparable to their home’s structural damage. I and others have been part of an outcry against the NFIP and while the Senator is 18 months late to the issue, we welcome the opportunity to work with him to fix it. It is nearly criminal what NFIP has done to our residents – the program is dysfunctional and must be repaired.”

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Senator Kevin O'Toole

O’Toole, Russo, Rumana Introduce Bill to Create ‘Christopher Goodell Memorial Highway’

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Senator Kevin O’Toole and Assemblymen David Russo and Scott Rumana (all R-40) have introduced legislation to create the “Christopher Goodell Memorial Highway” along State Route 17 in Waldwick in memory of the fallen hero.

Waldwick Police Officer Goodell, a former U.S. Marine, was killed in the line of duty on July 17, when a tractor trailer struck the 32-year-old while he was operating radar on Route 17.

Waldwick Police Officer Christopher Goodell, a former U.S. Marine, was killed in the line of duty on July 17, when a tractor trailer struck the 32-year-old while he was operating radar on Route 17. (Borough of Waldwick)

“The profound sadness shared by people all across District 40 has not mitigated since this senseless tragedy, since we all lost a true local hero and his family lost their beloved son,” O’Toole said. “This act can instill the lasting honor that Christopher deserves in memory of his selfless service and sacrifices for us all.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Proposes Amendments to Legislation Reforming Law Permitting Establishment of Employer Managed Health Benefits Programs

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Senator Robert Singer, the sponsor of legislation making changes to the law permitting self –funded Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (“MEWAs”), today announced a series of amendments he intends to make to the bill to address concerns that have been raised by interested parties since the bill was first introduced and passed unanimously (79-0) by the General Assembly.

MEWAs are an alternative to traditional commercial insurance that permits employers, especially small- and mid-sized businesses, to band together to obtain economies of scale to help them reduce their health insurance costs and provide a greater range of health benefits to their employees. Senator Singer’s legislation, S2220, is intended to promote the availability of health care by strengthening the ability of MEWAs to compete with traditional health insurance carriers and self insured entities to provide those benefits at a reasonable cost.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Promotes Red Bank’s ‘National Night Out’

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) will once again have a table at Red Bank’s National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 5th.

An aerial view of Red Bank, New Jersey, where a National Night Out Against Crime will be held on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014.

“I’ve been involved in Red Bank’s National Night out for years, and each year it gets bigger,” Beck said. “We’re really looking forward to talking to folks in the community to help promote a positive relationship with the police here in town.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, McHose & Space Statement on Lt. Governor’s “Tourism Tuesday” Visit to Swartswood State Park

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Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Parker Space (R-24) released the following statement after meeting with Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno following the Lt. Governor’s visit to Swartswood State Park to highlight Sussex County’s varied tourism industries.

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno visited Swartswood State Park on July 29, 2014 to highlight Sussex County’s varied tourism industries.

Lt. Governor Guadagno visited the park as part of her series of “Tourism Tuesday” visits across the state. Swartswood State Park was the first state park established in New Jersey.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck: “Stand With Israel” Solidarity Rally Reflects Importance of Peaceful Resolution

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) issued the following statement in support of the “Stand With Israel” solidarity rally held at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center and hosted by the Jewish Federation on July 28, 2014:

Approximately 700 people from the Monmouth County area attended the rally to support Israel on July 28, 2014. (Jewish Federation of Monmouth County)

“The violence occurring in that region of the world today is truly horrifying. We should all be encouraging both sides to agree to a ceasefire and find a peaceful solution to these age-old disagreements. Violence is not the answer and the longer it persists the further we get from peaceful resolution.

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale Urges Cunningham, Sweeney to Lead a Return to Trenton to End Abusive Sick Leave Payouts

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) today urged action on legislation ending abusive sick leave payouts, following news that Bayonne taxpayers are on the hook for a $444,450 payout to the retiring police chief.

“This morning, I would expect my honorable colleague Senator Cunningham to lead us in storming the State House to finally end this abuse of property tax dollars for all New Jerseyans,” said Cardinale, who with Democratic Senator Brian Stack sponsors Senate bill 79 to eliminate sick-leave payouts and limit comp-time payouts. “On behalf of our constituents, I’m issuing an urgent request for Senate President Sweeney to allow a vote on complete reform once and for all.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco, Carroll & Bucco Honored by Americans for Prosperity for Fighting for Taxpayers

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Senator Anthony R. Bucco joined Assemblymen Michael Patrick Carroll and Anthony M. Bucco (all R-Morris) in receiving awards from Americans for Prosperity (AFP). Senator Bucco was named a “Defender of the Taxpayer”, while Assemblymen Carroll and Bucco were named “Taxpayer Heroes.” The designations were given to the District 25 representatives for their work in promoting fiscal responsibility in the legislature.

Sen. Anthony R. Bucco, Asm. Michael Patrick Carroll and Asm. Anthony M. Bucco (all R-25) were honored by Americans for Prosperity for promoting fiscal responsibility in the Legislature on July 23, 2014.

“I am honored to have been given this title by Americans for Prosperity,” Senator Bucco said. “As a small business owner, I personally experience how harmful taxes can be on economic growth. I strive to protect my fellow job creators with every action I take in the Statehouse.”

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District 9

Connors-Rumpf-Gove Bill Would Assist Senior Communities in Getting Solar Panels for Clubhouses

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Senior communities would be eligible to receive grants and low interest loans for the purchase and installation of solar panels to their clubhouses under legislation (S-986 and A-764) reintroduced by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove. The 9th District delegation’s energy cost reduction initiative would be offered under the New Jersey Clean Energy Program, which is administered by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU).

Under legislation sponsored by Connors, Rumpf and Gove, senior communities would be eligible to receive grants and low interest loans for the purchase and installation of solar panels to their clubhouses.

The delegation, whose district has among the highest concentration of senior communities in the state, issued the following statement regarding their renewed effort to assist senior communities with electric costs:

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