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Senator Tom Kean

Kean: Republicans Have Been Only Consistent Voice in Legislature for Lowering New Jersey Taxes

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Says Waxing and Waning by Democrats on Billions in Taxes Is Driving Families & Employers from New Jersey

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said he wasn’t surprised that Senate President Stephen Sweeney is now backing off a massive business tax increase that he had proposed just weeks ago.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said the Senate President’s “haphazard approach” to tax policy is driving families and employers from New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“The only thing that’s consistent about the Senate President’s approach to addressing New Jersey’s high tax burden is his inconsistency,” said Kean. “He pushed for raising income taxes for years, which we forcefully opposed, but suddenly changed his mind. He recently proposed hitting employers with the highest business taxes in the country, which we also opposed, and again he changed his mind just as abruptly. This constant uncertainty in future costs serves to drive families and employers from New Jersey, even if the harmful taxes are never actually implemented. New Jerseyans need more consistency from their leaders.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Editorial: Republicans Can Be Guard Dogs Against Overreach in Trenton

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The following editorial by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean on the role of Republicans in an era of single-party government in Trenton controlled by Democrats was published by The Record on March 9, 2018:

Although Democrats now control both the Governor’s Office and the New Jersey Legislature, Senate Republicans are committed to being more than just a voice of opposition.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean speaking at a joint State House press conference with Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick on March 12, 2018. (Facebook/Tom Kean)

In fact, we believe Republican leadership will help guide the public debate to produce real solutions. We’re working to be the difference makers in Trenton.

Our caucus is made up of dentists, chemists, lawyers, financial experts, and small business owners. We have a motivated, talented group of people who are united behind one simple goal: we want to make New Jersey worth the investment that our residents are making in it.

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Senator Dawn Addiego
Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Republicans on Senate Budget Committee Blast Murphy Tax Evasion Scheme

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Say Governor Should Focus on Real Solutions to Lower the Cost of Government and Taxes – Not Gimmicks

Senate Republicans serving on the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee blasted a tax evasion scheme proposed by Governor Phil Murphy that fails to address the underlying problem of expensive government that drives high property taxes in New Jersey.

Senate Republicans on the Budget Committee blasted a tax evasion scheme proposed by Gov. Murphy that fails to address the underlying problem of expensive government in New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“Governor Murphy’s plan to mask property tax payments as charitable contributions is a thinly veiled tax evasion scheme,” said Bucco (R-25), the Senate Republican Budget Officer. “Anyone who thinks the IRS won’t tear this plan apart is kidding themselves. New Jersey taxpayers need real solutions that won’t put them on the wrong side of the law.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Announces Senate Republican Leadership Team for 2018-2019 Session

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) announced the new caucus leadership for the upcoming 2018-2019 legislative session:

New Jersey Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean announced the new caucus leadership for the upcoming 2018-2019 legislative session. (SenateNJ.com)

  • Deputy Minority Leader – Senator Bob Singer (R-30)
  • Conference Leader – Senator Steven Oroho (R-24)
  • Deputy Conference Leader – Senator-elect Chris Brown (R-2)
  • Whip – Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26)
  • Deputy Whip – Senator Dawn Marie Addiego (R-8)
  • Budget Officer – Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25)

“Senate Republicans see a renewed opportunity to advance initiatives that will improve the lives of the people of New Jersey,” said Kean. “We’re focused on addressing New Jersey’s crisis of affordability, creating new opportunities for students and job seekers, and rebuilding trust in government. The Senate Republican leadership team is optimistic that we can help the members of our caucus, and the Legislature as a whole, to effectively address these most pressing challenges. Every Senate Republican is engaged in this endeavor, and they each have the drive and the talent that our state will need to be successful.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Re-Elected Senate Republican Leader

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The New Jersey Senate Republican caucus has unanimously re-elected Senator Tom Kean (R-Union, Morris, Somerset) as its leader for the upcoming 2018-2019 legislative session.

The New Jersey Senate Republican caucus has re-elected Sen. Tom Kean as its leader for the upcoming 2018-2019 legislative session. (SenateNJ.com)

Following his selection, Kean issued the following remarks:

“It’s an honor to have been given the opportunity by my colleagues to continue serving as Senate Republican Leader.

“The coming years will present some difficult challenges for New Jersey, but they are challenges we can overcome if reasonable people from across the political spectrum are willing to work together.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio to Republicans and Democrats in Congress: Time to Work Together to Fix DACA

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) released this statement following President Donald Trump’s decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

Sen. Joe Pennacchio released this statement following President Donald Trump’s decision on the DACA program. (SenateNJ.com)

“I believe that President Trump made the tough, but necessary decision to end the DACA program and send the issue of immigration reform back to Congress. Sadly, Democrats speaking out against this high-profile decision are just using it as a chance to grandstand and further obstruct the administration’s policies.

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Senator Tom Kean

Pennacchio Elevated to Republican Whip

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean announced today that Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris, Essex, Passaic) has been elevated to the position of Whip within the Senate Republican caucus leadership.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean announced on Aug. 21, 2017 that Sen. Joe Pennacchio has been elevated to the position of Republican Whip. (SenateNJ.com)

“Senator Pennacchio has been a tried-and-true leader in our caucus for many years now. The elevation to Republican Whip is well-deserved,” Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said. “Joe has consistently demonstrated a keen understanding of our legislative priorities. He has been a passionate advocate for school funding reform, protecting the innocent, and expanding our community outreach efforts. I have no doubt that as Republican Whip, he will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that every taxpayer has a voice in Trenton.”

Pennacchio previously served as Assistant Republican Leader from 2014 to 2017. He is taking over the role of Whip following the departure of former Senate Republican Whip, Kevin O’Toole.

“Kevin was a tenacious and dedicated public servant. He left big shoes to fill,” Senator Pennacchio (R-26) said. “I am incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to serve as the next Republican Whip. We have come a long way, but there is still much more we can do to cut taxes, create opportunities, and make New Jersey a better, more affordable place for everyone. I look forward to working with my colleagues to swiftly advance Republican solutions to achieve those goals.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Republicans Urge Governor to Reject Backroom Deal on School Funding

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A letter signed by all sixteen members of the Senate Republican caucus was sent to Governor Chris Christie urging him to reject the school funding plan proposed by Democratic leadership, saying it does nothing to fix the systemic problems in New Jersey’s school funding formula. In the letter to the governor, the Republican senators said the deal between Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto was made without transparency and completely ignored months of work by the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness.

Senate Republicans asked Gov. Christie to reject backroom deal on school funding. (SenateNJ.com)

“This plan was negotiated in secret by the Democratic leadership and does nothing to fix the many problems inherent in our flawed school funding formula,” said Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Bergen, Passaic), Vice-Chair of the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness. “Mr. Governor, please kill this backroom deal.”

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Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho
Senator Tom Kean

Senate Republicans Propose School Funding Reforms to Improve Opportunities for Students, Provide Property Tax Relief for Families

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Proposals Eliminate Abuses, Establish More Equitable Funding for Overlooked Students in Underfunded Districts

In an effort to improve educational opportunities for New Jersey students and provide real property tax relief to overburdened families, New Jersey Senate Republicans released a series of school funding reform proposals as the starting point for discussions on the replacement of the state’s failed school funding system.

New Jersey Senate Republicans released a series of school funding reform proposals as the starting point for discussions on the replacement of the state’s failed school funding system. (©iStock)

“Senate Republicans want to fix the broken school funding formula that has failed too many students and devastated middle-class property taxpayers,” said Kean. “We’re ready to roll up our sleeves to negotiate a funding formula that works, and we’re prepared to come to the table with detailed solutions that we believe will improve educational opportunities statewide and make New Jersey more affordable.”

During his Budget Message last month, Governor Christie challenged the legislative leaders of both parties to join with him to work on a new funding formula to replace the School Funding Reform Act of 2008 (SFRA).

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Calls on Republican Legislators to Defend Trump

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Calling it “a moment of truth” for our party and its leadership, Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) called on every Republican legislator to unite in opposition to a Democrat move to “condemn” President Trump’s efforts to create greater scrutiny of those entering the United States from countries in which Islamic terrorists are harbored and sustained.

President Donald J. Trump (WhiteHouse.gov)

“There are those who have called this a ‘Muslim ban’ but that is more a term of propaganda than of fact,” said Oroho. “The seven countries targeted by President Donald Trump in his executive order on immigration were initially identified as ‘countries of concern’ under the Obama administration.”

Trump’s order bars citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the U.S. for the next 90 days. In December 2015, President Barack Obama signed into law a measure placing limited restrictions on certain travelers who had visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria on or after March 1, 2011.

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Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Steven Oroho

District 24

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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