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  • Sen. Sam Thompson (top-right) joined Gov. Chris Christie and a bipartisan group of several dozen state, county and local officials to call for the General Assembly to vote on the extension of the interest arbitration cap law during a press conference on the steps of the War Memorial in Trenton on April 14, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Tom Kean (R-21) with student members of the Must Love Dogs club and club advisor Larry Cohen from Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School following Kean’s receipt of an award from The Humane Society of the United States on March 27, 2014 for his work on Patrick’s Law and efforts to prevent animal cruelty. (Facebook)

  • Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) with News 12′s Luke Margolis during a taping of the March 22, 2014 edition of NJ Power & Politics. They talked about the state budget, Sandy recovery and property tax relief for veterans living in continuing care retirement communities. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Diane Allen (center) was installed as Chair of the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) at a ceremony in the New Jersey Senate Chambers on March 17, 2014. (Press Release)

  • Senator Tom Kean (right-center) and Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (left-center) joined with students, teachers and other local officials for a White Out against bullying rally at Watchung Hills Regional High School on Friday, March 1, 2014. (Denis J. Kelly/Echoes-Sentinel)

  • Senators Sam Thompson (R-12) and Ron Rice (D-28) held a joint press conference on Feb. 27, 2014 to urge a “Select Committee” investigation into the City of Newark. (Press Release)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. addressed the 2014-2015 New Jersey Senate at its reorganization on January 14, 2014, stressing the importance of putting differences aside and accomplishing shared priorities of the people. (Press Release)

  • Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) with his family at the reorganization meeting of the New Jersey Senate on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. (Press Release)

  • Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) discussed the importance of public service in the Industry Magazine article, “Effecting Change.” (Vinnie Amessé/Industry Magazine)

  • Senator Diane Allen (R-7) participated on a panel with Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, Washington Bureau Chief, PEOPLE Magazine and Elaine Lafferty, Former Editor-in-Chief, Ms. Magazine at the NFWL Capital Forum and 75th Anniversary Celebration. Allen was named the new president of the National Order of Women Legislators.

  • Senator Robert Singer (R-30) speaking at Belmar’s Hurricane Sandy Commemoration on October 29, 2013. “A year after Sandy brought devastation to the community, it is amazing to see the progress Belmar has made in rebuilding,” Singer said. (Facebook)

  • Senator Anthony R. Bucco (right) and Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco (center-left) joined the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking at a rally on the Morristown Green on October 27, 2013. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) supported the Levittown Memorial VFW Post 4914 at their Wild West “Hoedown” fundraiser on October 26, 2013. They are raising money to help pay for their new building, which was built after a devastating 2009 fire destroyed their old building. (Facebook)

Senator Kip Bateman

Video: Bateman Talks About Bipartisan Effort to Create Stable Source of Open Space Funding

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Sen. Kip Bateman (R-16) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner to talk about the bipartisan effort to create a stable source of open space funding.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck: Binding Arbitration Cap Must Be Made Permanent to Protect Property Taxpayers

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The following letter to the editor by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) on the need to make the two-percent binding arbitration cap permanent to help local governments lower costs and protect property taxpayers was published in the Star-Ledger on April 17, 2014:

Preserve 2% award cap

Few things in government are ever black and white. Most fall within shades of gray, to be parsed out by policymakers. But the current issue of the expired binding arbitration cap is not one of these. The message is simple: We must make this law permanent. Allowing this critical law to expire is a serious disservice to our constituents.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Update Galloway Officials on GSP Exit 40 – Rt. 30 Connector Study

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Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove of the 9th Legislative District sent the following letter to the Mayor and Council of Galloway Township providing an update on an improvement study conducted by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) regarding the establishment of a full interchange at Garden State Parkway Exit 40-Route 30 Connector.

Included below are PDFs of the letter sent to Mayor Purdy and council members, along with the study documents provided by the NJTA.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Recognized by New Jersey Environmental Lobby

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset) was recognized Wednesday evening by the New Jersey Environmental Lobby for his contributions to the protection and preservation of New Jersey’s environment.

Senator Bateman and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. were awarded the annual Frank J. Oliver Environmental Award at NJEL’s awards reception at Seton Hall University.

“I am extremely honored to receive this recognition from the tireless advocates at the NJEL,” said Bateman, a member of the Senate Environment and Energy committee. “I have always believed as a legislator that we have a responsibility to make our beautiful state a healthier and safer place to live for future generations.

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Senator Diane Allen

Allen to Introduce Bill Repealing Realty Transfer Fees

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) is introducing legislation to repeal Realty Transfer Fees in New Jersey, in response to Gov. Chris Christie’s vow to eliminate this tax if given the opportunity.

“When you sell your home in New Jersey, you’re getting whacked by this arbitrary tax, and that’s wrong,” Allen said. “This initiative will help struggling homeowners, including those who might be facing short sales or foreclosures. It will save property owners across this state a burden of thousands of dollars, which particularly hurts those who have lost equity in their homes due to the economic recession.”

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Senator Sam Thompson

Video: Thompson Breaks Down Need for Legislative Select Committee to Investigate Abuses in Newark

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In the following video, Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) breaks down the need for the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation to look into serious abuses of government power in Newark that were uncovered by the State Comptroller.

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Thompson and Senator Ron Rice (D-28) have launched a petition at to support their bipartisan call for the Select Committee perform this inquiry.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean: Failure to Extend Arbitration Cap Cripples Bipartisan Reforms to Curb Property Tax Growth

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr., (R-Union, Somerset, Morris) issued the following statement today after joining Governor Christie, state and local elected leaders in urging the Assembly Majority to take action on legislation extending the 2-percent interest arbitration award cap.

“The Senate Republican Caucus stands with Governor Christie in urging the passage of this bipartisan legislation to extend the 2-percent cap on arbitration awards. It’s no coincidence that under the cap, contracts and property taxes grew at the lowest levels in decades.

“Unfortunately, we now stand to lose the progress we have made. How can we expect municipalities to hold down costs if there’s no ability to control arbitration awards for police and fire salaries?

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Senator Joe Kyrillos
Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty and Kyrillos Urge Assembly Action on Arbitration Cap

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Senators Michael Doherty and Joe Kyrillos, who sponsor legislation capping arbitration awards at two percent, urged the Assembly to pass the current bipartisan cap extension legislation.

“Assembly Democrats’ refusal to extend the cap on arbitration awards has placed towns on the precipice of having to choose between raising property taxes to pay for limitless spikes in salaries or eliminating critical services,” said Doherty (R-Hunterdon, Warren, Somerset). “We can’t let this ticking bomb explode, eliminating the historic bipartisan reforms made in the last four years to limit property tax growth.”

“Municipal officials have made it abundantly clear that without this means to control public employee contracts they lose the key tool to keeping costs in check and to stay within the current property tax cap,” said Kyrillos (R-Monmouth). “The Assembly must act now to extend the cap, or once again already overburdened taxpayers across the state will be on the losing end.”

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Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson Op-Ed: Activist Judges Need to Be Held Accountable

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The following op-ed by Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) on the need to hold activist judges accountable was published in the Star-Ledger:

Members of the New Jersey Bar Association and the judiciary have expressed concern over what they see as a threat to judicial independence posed by Gov. Chris Christie and others who criticize “activist” jurists, and the governor’s break with tradition when he declined to nominate two sitting Supreme Court justices for lifetime tenure.

Ralph Lamparello, president of the bar association, was quoted in the April 6 Star-Ledger: “There is a concerted effort among the executive and legislative branches of government to politicize the judicial branch and to subordinate its co-equal status.”

To the contrary — it is the activist judges who long ago eliminated the co-equal status of the executive, legislative and judicial branches. Activist judges have decreed the judiciary is superior to the executive and legislative branches, and they have done so time after time by issuing rulings based not upon what the constitution or statutes clearly state, but rather upon what they believe they should have said.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck to Join Senate Colleagues in Sleep Out on State House Steps for Homeless Awareness

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Tonight, five members of the Senate will sleep out on the steps of the New Jersey Statehouse to bring attention and awareness to the problem of youth and teen homelessness. Senators Jennifer Beck, Joseph F. Vitale, M. Teresa Ruiz, Nellie Pou and Peter J. Barnes III will participate in Covenant House’s first New Jersey Legislator Sleep Out from 7 o’clock tonight to 7 o’clock Saturday morning. Each legislator will receive a sleeping bag and cardboard box for the sleep out.

“Those of us sleeping outside tonight are lucky, ” said Beck (R-Monmouth) “We only have to do it for one night and it’s during the spring. Hundreds of youths sleep outside every night through the most brutal of seasons and during the harshest of weather. We hope that our short night of hardship will help raise some much needed funds so the Covenant House can bring more of these young people in from the cold and show them that that they still can have bright futures. I’ll be spending one night outside so, in the future, New Jersey’s youth won’t have to.”

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Diane Allen

District 7

Kip Bateman

District 16

Jennifer Beck

District 11

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Joe Kyrillos

District 13

Kevin O'Toole

District 40

Steven Oroho

District 24

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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