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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman’s “Socks for the Homeless Day” Resolution Passed by Committee

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman designating February 14 of each year as “Socks for the Homeless Day” has been approved by the Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee.

“Most of us take for granted having clean socks to wear every day,” said Bateman. “Homeless people don’t have that luxury. They know that clean, dry socks are critical in protecting their health, comfort, and overall well-being. I’m glad to help raise awareness of the importance of socks for the homeless.”

The joint resolution, SJR-17, has been championed by Tom Costello Jr., founder and Chief Sock Person at The Joy of Sox, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides socks for the homeless.

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District 9

Committee Advances Connors-Rumpf-Gove-Supported Bill Requiring Turnpike Meetings in South Jersey

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The Senate Transportation Committee passed legislation (S-246) prime-sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors and co-sponsored by Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would require that at least two regular meetings each year of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority be held on a rotating basis in Ocean County, Atlantic County, and Cape May County.

A bill sponsored by Connors, Rumpf & Gove requires at least two meetings each year of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to be held on a rotating basis in Ocean, Atlantic, and Cape May counties. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation also proposes that one regular meeting of the Authority be held in Bergen County and at least one meeting be held in Salem, Gloucester, and Camden counties on a rotating basis. Currently, regular meetings of the authority are held on a monthly basis in the Authority’s Administration Offices located in Woodbridge.

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Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson Applauds Amazon’s Selection of Newark as HQ2 Finalist

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Senator Sam Thomson (R-Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean) applauded Amazon’s decision to highlight Newark as one of the finalist locations that might host a new United States headquarters. Known as HQ2, Amazon proposes to invest $5 billion and to create up to 50,000 high-paying jobs at the new facility.

Sen. Sam Thomson applauded Amazon’s decision to highlight Newark as one of the finalist locations that might host a new headquarters. (©iStock)

“We’ve shown that when New Jersey positions itself to be competitive, we can be a serious contender for opportunities like HQ2 that can lead to serious investment and job growth,” said Thompson. “I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Newark made it into the list of finalists for HQ2 just days after our pro-economic growth legislation was enacted.”

Thompson’s legislation, which was signed into law on January 11, provides incentives for companies to undertake transformative projects like HQ2 in the Garden State.

The measure, S-3631, provides tax credits to corporations proposing to establish headquarters in the state which would create at least 30,000 new jobs and involve a capital investment of at least $3 billion.

Newark was one of 20 finalists named by Amazon from the 238 locations that submitted proposals to host HQ2.

“We’re very excited to see Newark named a finalist, but we’re not surprised,” added Thompson. “With New Jersey’s prime geographic location, diverse workforce, convenient transportation, and top schools, there’s no reason that we shouldn’t be one of the most competitive states in the nation for HQ2 and other large-scale development projects. The enactment of our legislation is further proof that New Jersey is open and ready for business.”

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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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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