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Law Provides $411 Million for Environmental Infrastructure Projects Statewide
New Jersey will receive up to $411 million for environmental infrastructure projects statewide under legislation co-sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and signed into law by Governor Chris Christie. Nearly $16 million will fund clean water projects in Burlington County.
“This legislation funds important projects that will keep New Jersey’s drinking water clean, safe and contaminant-free without placing an added burden on taxpayers,” Senator Allen said. “Without the $15.6 million awarded to Burlington County, we may not have been able to finance upgrades to local drinking water systems, or purchase a tank system to safely remove groundwater discharged during construction projects across the county.”
Now Law: Singer Bill to Fund $11.5 Million of NJEIT Clean Water Projects in Sea Girt & South Monmouth
Legislation co-sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) to provide $411 million for environmental infrastructure projects across New Jersey has been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie. Nearly $12 million will fund projects to repair infrastructure and protect clean water in Sea Girt and South Monmouth.
“Storm infrastructure in Sea Girt and Southern Monmouth County sustained serious damage in Superstorm Sandy,” Senator Singer said. “Without the $11.6 million awarded to this community, it is likely that the pumping stations and drainage systems damaged during Sandy would continue to go unrepaired. This legislation will ensure that municipalities are better prepared for future storms, while protecting clean drinking water for residents statewide.”
Seeing right through the political rhetoric and special interest gamesmanship, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove oppose the regressive and unconscionable 23 cent per gallon increase in the state gas tax.
Connors, Rumpf and Gove made the following remarks regarding their opposition to the proposed gas tax increase:
“Simply stated, the majority of our constituents cannot afford an excessive gas tax increase and still pay their bills. They’ve seen enough of Trenton shell games to know when the state is trying to sell them snake oil, even when it’s a gas tax increase. The whole situation just doesn’t pass the smell test.
“Unquestionably, our constituents will be even more disparately impacted by the fact that there is no mass transportation in the general area. Our legislative District is largely composed of commuters living in bedroom communities who drive considerable distances to their jobs.
“More than 126,000 of our constituents are registered EZPass users, the most of any legislative district in the state. This is significant as suburban and rural area residents will be hardest hit by the gas tax increase just as they were with the Corzine toll hikes.
Measure Doubles Funding to Protect Jersey Shore & Boost Tourism Economy
Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) to double the resources available to the New Jersey Shore Protection Fund has been approved by both the Senate Environment and Energy Committee and the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee.
The committees held a special joint hearing on August 18th in Toms River to consider the legislation to increase support for the fund, which helps pay for projects that protect the Jersey Shore from storms and the important shore tourism industry.
“Boosting the Shore Protection Fund will help us to strengthen our state’s $40 billion tourism economy and the half-million New Jersey jobs that depend on it,” said Kyrillos. “It will provide the resources we need to maintain beaches that rival any on the East Coast, and make returning to the Jersey Shore an easy choice for families planning their next vacation.”
Governor Chris Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Joseph Pennacchio (R-Morris, Essex, Passaic) to prevent New Jersey Transit from denying a person with a service dog access to any vehicle.
“We have a responsibility to remove any obstacle that could prevent people with service dogs from accessing public transportation,” Senator Pennacchio said. “This is a commonsense update to existing law that will ensure people with service animals have the same quality access to the buses and trains utilized by thousands of NJ Transit commuters every day.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean released the following statement on the passing of former Senator Joe Palaia:
“I am saddened by the loss of Joe Palaia. He was one of the kindest and most decent legislators to ever serve in Trenton.
“As a son of the Jersey Shore, Joe was beloved by Monmouth County residents. A dedicated public servant, he served for more than four decades as a council member, mayor, freeholder and legislator.
Governor Christie has signed Senator Steven Oroho’s (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) bill to allow local governments, county colleges and school districts to pay their bills by using electronic transfer fund technologies.
“Allowing schools and local government entities to use electronic transfers instead of paper checks will generate cost savings at the local and county level,” Senator Oroho said. “By passing this law, we are taking a strong step forward in our ongoing effort to make government operate more efficiently and better serve the needs of every New Jersey taxpayer.”
Includes $19 Million for Clean Water Projects in Somerville & Hillsborough
A trio of bills sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) to streamline the financing of projects through the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust and fund more than $411 million of improvements statewide was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
The measures include $19 million to finance clean water projects in Somerville and Hillsborough.
“This legislation streamlines the process of approving and financing important environmental infrastructure projects that protect our state’s drinking water and waterways,” said Bateman, a member of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. “It improves our ability to keep New Jersey’s water free of pollution and contaminants.”
New Jersey will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service on August 25, 2016 under legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris) and signed into law by Governor Christie.
“From the Paterson Great Falls, to the Pinelands Preserve, the landscape of our state would not be the same without the preservation efforts carried out by the National Park Service over the course of the last 100 years,” Senator Kean said. “I am pleased to see the Governor sign this law honoring the Park Service for protecting natural and historic treasures in the Garden State and across the nation.”
Gov. Signs Allen Bill to Provide Death Benefits to All Children of State Troopers, Public Safety Workers
Governor Christie has signed Senator Diane Allen’s (R-Burlington) bill to provide all surviving children of deceased New Jersey State Troopers, police, firefighters and public safety officers with equal access to death benefits.
“A child of a trooper, police officer or paramedic who was unmarried at the time of death is no less deserving than any other child who has lost their parent,” Senator Allen said. “Our community banded together to support a state trooper’s young family after he tragically died in the line of duty. Passing this law is the least we can do to ensure all children of public safety workers statewide continue to receive the support they deserve.”