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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. (

“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. (

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. (

“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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Senator Dawn Addiego

ADDIEGO: ‘Eileen’s Law’ Signed by Governor

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Senator Dawn Marie Addiego’s legislation giving prosecutors discretion to hand out harsher penalties to drivers who fail to maintain a traffic lane was signed into law.

The family of Eileen Marmino joined Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego for the passage of Eileen’s Law in the New Jersey Senate on January 8, 2018. (

The bill (S-2342/A4062) amends the law so drivers who cause fatal accidents because they failed to maintain their lane can be charged with vehicular homicide. It was sponsored by the 8th District delegation of Senator Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblyman Joe Howarth.

“I’m extremely pleased Eileen’s Law has been signed by the governor. It’s going to help make our roads safer by holding drivers more accountable,” Addiego said

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Steve Oroho

Governor Signs Bucco/Oroho/Pennacchio Legislation Creating ‘Lake Hopatcong Fund’

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Governor Chris Christie has signed into law a bill sponsored by Sens. Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio establishing the “Lake Hopatcong Fund” to help preserve and maintain the lake.

“The Lake Hopatcong Fund” will receive $500,000 annually to preserve and maintain the lake. (Lake Hopatcong Fund)

The measure, S-2389, dedicates $500,000 annually to the “Lake Hopatcong Fund” for the protection, preservation, restoration, maintenance, management, and enhancement of New Jersey’s largest state-run lake. The funds will come from license fees required to operate power boats on nontidal waters.

“By establishing this preservation fund and securing long-term funding, Lake Hopatcong will finally receive the protection and conservation it needs,” said Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset.) “Now that the bill has been signed, the ‘Lake Hopatcong Fund’ will provide stability for the local families and small businesses that surround the lake.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

SIGNED: Oroho Bill to Help Families Receive Death Benefits

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to help families secure state and federal benefits after the death of a loved one has been signed into law.

The new law sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho will help families to receive the benefits they are due after the death of a loved one. (

“People work hard their whole lives in order to provide for their families, and that includes earning death benefits,” Senator Oroho said. “There are often plenty of regulations and other bureaucratic hurdles that families must clear before they can receive those benefits. This new law will make that a little easier, especially at a time when people are grieving.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho/Space Legislation to Lower Rates for Rural Electric Co-op Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space (both R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to assist Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative in lowering electric rates has been signed into law.

The new law sponsored by Sen. Steven Oroho and Asm. Parker Space will help to lower rates for Rural Electric Co-op members. (Flickr)

“Helping entities, in this case a non-profit, navigate through the channels of state government in order to resolve an issue sometimes necessitates a change in the law,” Senator Oroho said. “Now that our legislation has been signed, Sussex Rural will be able to operate even more effectively for the community.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

SIGNED: Bateman Bill to Protect Bees From Pesticides

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex) to protect the state’s apiaries from pesticides by establishing beehive registries and a notification protocol has been signed into law.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation to limit impact of pesticides on the bee population has been signed into law. (Flickr)

“New Jersey wouldn’t be the Garden State without the help it gets from its bee population,” Senator Bateman said. “We can’t risk losing these important pollinators to pesticides. The work they do for New Jersey’s farmers is too important.”

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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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