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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale Commends Senate Confirmation of Attorney General Gurbir Grewal

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) praised the New Jersey Senate’s confirmation of Gurbir Grewal to be New Jersey’s 61st Attorney General.

Sen. Gerald Cardinale praised the Senate’s confirmation of Gurbir Grewal to be New Jersey’s Attorney General. (©iStock)

Grewal, the former Bergen County Prosecutor, was approved unanimously the Senate.

Cardinale made the following remarks on the Senate floor prior to the vote:

“Gurbir is a very exceptional human being. He was appointed to be prosecutor in Bergen County. There was a lot of resistance because he was not part of the good old boys network.

“He proved to the people of Bergen County through his meritorious action that he was more than up to the job.

“He did the job in an exceptional way, and he earned the respect of the people of Bergen County. He is going to continue to do an exceptional job for the people of our entire state.”

“I believe that Gurbir is one the best Attorneys General we’re ever going to have in the State of New Jersey.”

Grewal, a Democrat, was appointed in 2016 by Governor Christie to serve as Bergen County’s top law enforcement officer.

Prior to his term as county prosecutor, Grewal was Chief of the Economic Crimes Unit at the United States Attorney’s Office in New Jersey.

District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Outraged by Christie Veto of Superstorm Sandy Clawback Bill

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As representatives of a legislative district that’s among those hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove conveyed outrage and empathy for affected Sandy victims in response to Governor Christie’s refusal to sign the Superstorm Sandy clawback bill.

Aerial view during an Army search and rescue mission shows damage from Superstorm Sandy to the New Jersey coast, Oct. 30, 2012. (U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

The intent of the legislative policy initiative (A-4784/S-3149), which passed both houses of the Legislature, was to address circumstances in which Superstorm Sandy victims are required to refund overpayments, known as “clawbacks,” in Sandy assistance aid. Each member of the 9th District delegation joined as cosponsors on the bill that was introduced by Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-15).

The members of the 9th District delegation issued the following statement regarding Governor’s Christie’s pocket veto of the Sandy clawback bill:

“For those Sandy victims who’ve had too many sleepless nights contending with an endless bureaucratic nightmare, we worked together with the New Jersey Organizing Project to advance this legislation with the intent of providing the necessary assistance, including mediation, to help resolve clawback cases.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Reiterates Offer to Work With Murphy on Minimum Wage

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Says Room Exists for Bipartisan Solution

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean reiterated his offer to work with Governor Phil Murphy on a bipartisan effort to increase the minimum wage for New Jersey workers.

Sen. Tom Kean reiterated his offer to work with Gov. Phil Murphy on a bipartisan effort to increase the minimum wage for New Jersey workers. (Pixabay)

“Immediately following his election, I made a public offer to work with Governor Murphy to raise the minimum wage to a level that’s modern and fair,” said Kean. “The offer still stands. We should work together to accomplish a minimum wage increase in a bipartisan way.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Partnership of 18 Groups Calls for Passage of Webber/Pennacchio Child-Protection Legislation

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Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey, New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and sixteen other advocate organizations joined together today to support and urge prompt passage of child-protection legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Jay Webber and Senator Joe Pennacchio.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Pennacchio and Asm. Webber to protect students against chronic child abusers was endorsed by 18 advocate organizations. (©iStock)

The partnership of 18 groups calls on all legislators to support the legislation. New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault urges Senate President Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Coughlin, and the chairwomen of the Senate and Assembly education committees to move the legislation swiftly to passage.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Highlights Growing Concerns About Marijuana Legalization

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Urges Governor Murphy to Slow His Rush to Legalize It

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) urged Governor Phil Murphy to slow his rush to legalize marijuana in New Jersey citing growing concerns about the impact of such a drastic move on young people and already struggling communities.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio urged Gov. Phil Murphy to slow his rush to legalize marijuana in New Jersey citing growing concerns about potential negative impacts. (Pixabay)

“A few months ago it seemed inevitable that legalized marijuana would be approved in New Jersey,” said Pennacchio. “Today, however, a growing number of legislators and policymakers, including at least one member of Governor Murphy’s transition team, are expressing opposition to marijuana legalization. It’s no longer clear that legalization has the support needed to clear the Legislature.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Tom Kean

Kean & Corrado Applaud Pay Equity Executive Order

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Corrado to Introduce Comprehensive Pay Equity Legislation

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) and Senator Kristin M. Corrado (R-40) applauded an executive order signed by Governor Phil Murphy today to improve pay equity in the State’s workforce.

Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Kristin Corrado applauded an executive order signed by Gov. Phil Murphy to improve pay equity in the State’s workforce. (SenateNJ.com)

“The salary offered to a prospective employee should be based on what a job is worth rather than the candidate’s prior compensation,” said Kean. “In instances where a person was the victim of pay discrimination in a previous job, this executive order will help them to advance their career free of any long-term income effects that might otherwise follow.”

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Senator Sam Thompson

SIGNED: Thompson Law Expands Food Donation

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Sam Thompson (R-Burlington, Middlesex, Ocean, Monmouth) expands liability protections for food donations and gleaning activities and clarifies existing law to ensure potential donators are not scared away by the possibility of lawsuits was signed by the governor.

Sen. Sam Thompson bill that would help reduce food waste is now law. (Flickr)

“I’m sure a lot of people don’t even know about these kinds of protections, and if they’re worried about getting sued, they might think twice before donating food,” said Thompson. “As long the food meets a few requirements, it should be going to food banks and to families in need.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Committee Assignments Cover Veterans, Health, Federal Relations & Higher Education

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9th District legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have received their committee assignments for the 2018-2019 Legislative Session.

Connors, Rumpf, and Gove have received their committee assignments for the 2018-2019 legislative session. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Connors will once again serve on the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee and the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.  Assemblyman Rumpf will continue serving on the Regulatory Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee and will be joining the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee. Assemblywoman Gove will be returning to both the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee as well as the Assembly Higher Education Committee and will be taking on a new assignment by joining the Assembly Human Services Committee.

For the third consecutive legislative session, Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove were named as policy co-chairs to the Assembly Republican caucus.  The 9th District legislators issued the following statement subsequent to receiving their committee assignments.

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Senator Steve Oroho

SIGNED: Oroho Effort to Increase Recruitment of Volunteer First-Responders

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Says Volunteers Offset Need for Paid Personnel, Lowering Costs for Property Taxpayers

A joint resolution sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) that seeks to protect property taxpayers by reversing a trend of fewer people joining volunteer fire departments and first aid and rescue squads has been approved by the governor.

The governor has approved Sen. Oroho’s joint resolution focused on retaining and recruitment of volunteer first responders to keep property taxes from rising. (SenateNJ.com)

“There is growing concern across the state that volunteer first responder organizations are unable to retain and recruit new members,” said Sen. Oroho. “When fewer people volunteer, towns are forced to hire paid personnel at property taxpayer expense. It’s critical that we identify ways to maintain critical public safety services in our communities without increasing costs to taxpayers.”

The resolution, SJR-23, establishes a “Special Task Force on Volunteer Retention and Recruitment” to study and recommend strategizes, incentives, and policies for the retention and recruitment of the State’s volunteer first responders.

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Senator Dawn Addiego
Senator Steve Oroho

APPROVED: Addiego/Oroho Bill to Promote Local Agriculture

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Allows Counties to Create Marketing Labels to Promote Local Products

Legislation sponsored by Senators Dawn Addiego (R- Burlington, Camden, Atlantic) and Steven Oroho (R-Morris, Sussex, Warren) allowing counties to create labels to help promote local agricultural products has been signed into law.

The new law by Sen. Addiego and Sen. Oroho allows counties to adopt individualized “Jersey Fresh” labels to promote locally grown produce. (Jersey Fresh)

Based on the success of the “Jersey Fresh” marketing program, the legislation (S-2444) authorizes New Jersey counties to create, adopt, and issue their own promotional labels to market agricultural products that are grown, processed, or produced in a specific county.

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Republican Senators

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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