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Kean Announces Senate Republican Leadership Team in New Legislative Session

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. (R-Union, Somerset, Morris) announced today the caucus leadership team for the 216th legislative session.

Rounding out the team are Deputy Republican Leader Diane Allen (R-Burlington); Conference Leader Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean); Deputy Conference Leader Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth); Assistant Republican Leader Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic); and Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset).

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Senate Republican Leader Kean Addresses the Senate at Reorganization

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Senator Urges Reflection on Common Ground Throughout New Session

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. addressed the 2014-2015 New Jersey Senate at its reorganization on Tuesday, January 14, stressing the importance of putting differences aside and accomplishing shared priorities of the people.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. addressed the 2014-2015 New Jersey Senate at its reorganization on January 14, 2014, stressing the importance of putting differences aside and accomplishing shared priorities of the people.

“I humbly take my leadership honor and responsibility with a primary focus on helping to make the 2014-2015 New Jersey Legislature the one that enacts our full slate of overdue bipartisan reforms to give the people the more affordable and accountable state they’ve been calling for,” said Kean (R-Union).

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Kean Re-Elected Senate Republican Leader

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The Senate Republican Caucus today re-elected Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Union, Morris) as its leader for the 2014-2015 session.

“I’m honored to again lead the Republican Caucus in the Senate and I thank my colleagues for their overwhelming support,” said Kean. “The responsibility to my caucus and all New Jerseyans is one I hold with great respect. I look forward to working with Governor Christie, Steve, Jon and Vincent.”

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Senate Republican Caucus Members Announce Support for Re-election of Senator Thomas H. Kean as Senate Republican Leader

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The following message expressing support for the re-election of Senator Tom Kean as Senate Republican Leader was released today by Senators Allen, Bateman, Beck, Bucco, Cardinale, Connors, Holzapfel, Oroho, Pennacchio, Singer and Thompson:

“It is with great pleasure that we, members of the Senate Republican Caucus, announce our collective support for the re-election of Senator Thomas H. Kean as the Senate Republican Leader in the 2014-2015 legislative session.

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Senate Republicans Saddened to Announce Passing of Former Senator Jack Sinagra

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. stated the following today regarding the death of former Senator Jack G. Sinagra.

“The Senate Republican caucus is saddened today to announce the passing of former Senator Jack G. Sinagra. Jack passed away this morning at the age of 63.

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Senate Republicans Urge Democrats to Finish the Job on Taxes, Stop Exodus to NC

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New Jersey Senate Republicans renewed their calls today for legislative Democrats to allow long overdue tax cut and consistency reforms that are more necessary than ever given a monumental reduction plan that is about to be made law by competitor state North Carolina.

On Wednesday, North Carolina’s General Assembly positioned the state to grab even more families and jobs from New Jersey by passing their “Tax Simplification and Reduction Act,” which is expected to be swiftly signed by Gov. Pat McCrory.

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Due to Sweeney’s Ban on Republican Representation, Bateman, Oroho Give Sponsorship of Vital Public Safety Bills to Norcross

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In order to protect children and families, and due to Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s ongoing ban on Republican representation, Senate Republicans Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Steven Oroho announced today that they have relinquished prime sponsorship of two vital bills to Senator Don Norcross (D-Camden).

Senator Sweeney was quoted in media reports that he would block all Senate Republican legislation indefinitely, disenfranchising some 2.5 million residents represented by Republican Senators. His move has been criticized by newspaper editorial boards across the state. For example, the South Jersey Times stated that Sweeney “has basically declared that his house won’t consider any bill sponsored by a Republican, even local measures that any good lawmaker would sponsor for his or her district.”

The Senate Republican caucus maintains the people’s needs are more important than credit or politics. A rundown of today’s legislation sponsorship changes is as follows:

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Video: Tom Kean Says Senate Republican Caucus Doesn’t Care About Taking Credit, Just Wants Senate to Pass Necessary Reforms

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean appeared on NJTV’s NJ Today with Mike Schneider tonight to discuss important Republican-sponsored legislation that has been blocked by Senate President Stephen Sweeney. Sweeney has said that he will not post any Republican-sponsored bills for a vote.

Kean said that Sweeney has blocked important legislation that impact many people, including a bill sponsored by Senator Tony Bucco (R-25) to close Fenimore Landfill, important to the residents of Morris County.

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Speaking of the need for sick leave reform, Kean noted it was reported today that 25 retiring police officers in Jersey City could cost property taxpayers $5 million when their accumulated sick leave is paid out, and taxpayers statewide are on the hook for $880 million in accumulated sick leave that may need to be paid.

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Senate Republican Caucus to Sweeney: No Need to Post Our Sick-Leave Bill for the People, Post Yours

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New Jersey’s 16 Senate Republicans today sent the attached letter to Senator Stephen Sweeney. In light of today’s news about Jersey City’s impending $5 million payouts and because Senator Sweeney has publicly vowed not to post Republican-sponsored bills, this caucus urges Senator Sweeney to act for the people and post his measure to end gross sick-leave payouts:

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Diane Allen

District 7

Kip Bateman

District 16

Jennifer Beck

District 11

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Joe Kyrillos

District 13

Kevin O'Toole

District 40

Steven Oroho

District 24

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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