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  • Senate Republican Deputy Conference Leader Jennifer Beck speaking at the jobs package press conference at the New Jersey State House in Trenton on April 23, 2015, with Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Diane Allen. (Full Story)

  • Senate Republican Conference Leader Bob Singer speaking at the jobs package press conference at the New Jersey State House in Trenton on April 23, 2015, with Sen. Tom Kean. (Full Story)

  • Senate Republican Deputy Leader Diane Allen speaking at the jobs package press conference at the New Jersey State House in Trenton on April 23, 2015, with Sen. Jennifer Beck and Sen. Tom Kean. (Full Story)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean speaking at the jobs package press conference at the New Jersey State House in Trenton on April 23, 2015, with Sen. Diane Allen. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Bob Singer (R-30) unveiled new Senate Republican legislation to enhance New Jersey’s tourism and agriculture industries prior to the Lakewood BlueClaws home opener at FirstEnergy Park on April 9, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean visited Valley View Middle School in Watchung on April 2, 2015 to commend students in the district for working to put an end to bullying on the web, in the classroom and across the country. (Facebook/Tom Kean)

  • Senator Anthony Bucco (center) was presented the Robert B. Meyner Award for his work on alimony reform by Paris P. Eliades (left), NJSBA President, and Jeralyn L. Lawrence (right), Chair, NJSBA Family Law Section. (Press Release)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (right) and Senator Raymond Lesniak (left) announced the formation of “Faith Leaders Against Violence” at a New Jersey State House press conference on Monday, February 9, 2015. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Diane Allen views robotics technology during a tour of BCIT on December 10, 2014. Allen visited the vocational and technical school to unveil new Senate Republican legislation to improve education and strengthen the state’s workforce. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40) addressing the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation on December 8, 2014, pictured with the Minority Statement and supporting documents produced by Republican members of the committee. (Press Release)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean discussed efforts to address chronic poverty through education and economic policies at the Anti-Poverty Network of NJ’s Annual Summit in Monroe on December 4, 2014. (Photo Gallery)

  • Sen. Steven Oroho (R-24) was presented the 3rd Annual Alex DeCroce Public Leadership Award by the Morris County Chamber of Commerce on October 16, 2014 for his strong support of the state’s business community. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Robert Singer (R-30) and Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-36) held a State House press conference on October 16, 2014 to unveil new legislation, S-2509, to provide financial assistance to New Jersey’s urban enterprise zones. (Facebook)

District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Call on State to Rescind $3 Tices Shoal Walk-In Fee

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“A money-grab by the state,” is what Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove are calling the newly established $3 walk-in fee accessed on those who enter Island Beach State Park through the Fisherman’s Walkway adjacent to Tices Shoal.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove oppose the new $3 walk-in fee assessed on those who enter Island Beach State Park through the Fisherman’s Walkway adjacent to Tices Shoal. (NJDEP)

The 9th District delegation, whose legislative district includes Island Beach State Park, has written to New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin calling for the state to rescind the fee which Connors, Rumpf and Gove all stated targets boaters. The delegation’s April 16, 2015 letter to Commissioner Martin reads as follows:

Dear Commissioner Martin:

This outreach concerns the newly established $3 walk-in fee accessed on those who enter Island Beach State Park through the Fisherman’s Walkway adjacent to Tices Shoal.

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Bob Singer
Senator Diane Allen
Senator Jennifer Beck
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Tom Kean

Senate Republican Leadership Team Culminates Rollout of NJ Job Creation & Economic Growth Package

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The Senate Republican leadership team held a State House press conference to culminate their statewide rollout of a 36-bill job creation and economic growth package that will not cost taxpayers extra money.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean speaking at the jobs package press conference at the New Jersey State House in Trenton on April 23, 2015, with Sen. Diane Allen. (SenateNJ.com)

“In an age when officials in Trenton like to talk a lot about jobs, Senate Republicans have been actually bringing job-creating and economic growth solutions to stakeholders, employers, entrepreneurs, educators and innovators in all corners of the state and from diverse backgrounds,” said Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean. “We’re excited that many of the cost-neutral jobs solutions we’ve unveiled over the past several months have already garnered bipartisan sponsorship and votes, as well as the support of various representatives of the business and higher education community. We’re now trying to accelerate this momentum to finish the job for New Jersey families and people in the workforce.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Trenton Democrats’ Efforts Would Be Better Spent Supporting Legislation to Strengthen Pension System

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris) urged Democrat legislative leaders to put politics aside and join two of the states largest public sector unions in supporting legislation to support both the pension system and the revitalization of Atlantic City.

Senator Pennacchio’s proposed constitutional amendment, SCR-134, would allow video slot wagering at New Jersey’s horse racing facilities. Revenues would support the state’s pension system and Atlantic City revitalization. (Pcb21/Wikimedia Commons)

“Rather then political pandering, Trenton Democrats should be focusing their attention on practical long term solutions to this problem,” said Pennacchio. “The legislation I introduced last summer could generate hundreds of millions of dollars to support the pension system and to revitalize Atlantic City without raising taxes or cutting services for families.”

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Senator Bob Singer
Senator Diane Allen
Senator Jennifer Beck
Senator Tom Kean

Senate Republican Leadership Team to Culminate Rollout of NJ Job Creation & Economic Growth Package

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The Senate Republican Leadership team will hold a State House press conference on Thursday, April 23 to culminate their statewide rollout of a 36-bill job creation and economic growth package.

Senate Republicans have rolled out segments of the package at events around New Jersey. (©iStock.com/courtneyk)

When: Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Room 319 (Senate Republican Caucus Room) of the New Jersey State House, 125 West State Street, Trenton, NJ

Who: Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean; Deputy Republican Leader Diane Allen; Conference Leader Robert Singer; Deputy Conference Leader Jennifer Beck

Availability: Full, open

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean on the Passing of Bennie Rice, Sr.

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following on the passing of Bennie Rice, Sr., the father of Senator Ronald L. Rice:

Bennie Rice, Sr., the father of Senator Ron Rice, passed away at the age of 89.

“The Senate Republican caucus and I extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Bennie Rice, Sr. As a colleague of Senator Rice and former classmate of Ron Rice Jr., I have come to know this incredible family quite well over the years.

“Bennie Rice, Sr. led by example, leaving a legacy of hardworking and dedicated children and grandchildren who continue to fight for the people of New Jersey.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Extradition of Cop-Killer Chesimard Must Be Priority in Upcoming Talks with Cuba

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Senator Joe Pennacchio released the following statement in response to news that the United States Department of State and Cuba are expected to begin talks about the extradition of Joanne Chesimard:

Joanne Chesimard is wanted for escaping from prison in Clinton, New Jersey, while serving a life sentence for murdering a New Jersey State Trooper. She relocated to Cuba in 1984, where she is thought to still be living. (FBI)

“As a long time advocate for her extradition, I’m encouraged to see this opportunity to finally return Joanne Chesimard to U.S. law enforcement where she can face the penalties she deserves for her heinous crime,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris). “Chesimard has been allowed to escape justice for more than 30 years. I can’t imagine the pain that the family of Trooper Werner Foerster has endured all these years knowing that his killer has been allowed to go free while they continue to mourn his death. The President must seize on the opportunity of these upcoming talks with Cuba to restore justice for the Foerster family, New Jersey and all of America by demanding the extradition of Chesimard.”

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Kyrillos Announces Hazlet Beautification Project for Routes 35 and 36

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In an effort to improve Routes 35 and 36 in the Hazlet corridor, Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) has announced a beautification project which includes the planting of nearly 85 Okame Cherry, Red Maple, Willow Oak and American Holly trees throughout 11 jughandles, expected to begin as early as next week.

Hazlet, NJ (Google Maps)

“Improvements to jughandles along Routes 35 and 36 will not only provide a nicer quality of life for the residents of Hazlet but also the thousands of commuters that travel those corridors every day en route to Holmdel, Middletown, Red Bank, Sandy Hook, the shore points and beyond,” said Senator Kyrillos.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Announces New Mobile Tourism App, Farm-to-Table Promotion at BlueClaws’ Opening Day

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At Opening Day for the Lakewood BlueClaws, Senate Republican Conference Leader Robert Singer unveiled several new bills to help create and retain jobs for New Jersey’s tourism and agriculture industries. Senator Singer was joined by BlueClaws Chief Revenue & Operations Officer Adam M. Lorber, who led a tour highlighting FirstEnergy Park upgrades before Senator Singer threw the game’s ceremonial first pitch.

Sen. Bob Singer unveiled new legislation to enhance New Jersey’s tourism and agriculture industries prior to the Lakewood BlueClaws home opener at FirstEnergy Park on April 9, 2015. (SenateNJ.com)

“I’m excited to have the BlueClaws support as we push for legislation that will revolutionize the way New Jersey attracts tourists and jobs to our many unique sites and enhances farm-to-table opportunities for restaurants, farmers and agro-tourism destinations,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “A key bill in this package will overhaul New Jersey’s tourism efforts, in part, with a global marketing campaign to feature a mobile app to attract people in real-time to any of the historical sites, parks, trails, museums, beaches and venues across the state. This package will make New Jersey competitive with other states, including Michigan, California, Florida and New York, which every day are drawing our residents and families from our tourist base to their states and, in turn, improving their economies.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Video: Kean Discusses Effort to Eliminate State Worker Residency Requirements

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean talked with NJTV News about his legislative effort (S-2854) to eliminate state worker residency requirements.

Click here to view the video.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

During Budget Hearing, Beck Tries to Stop NJ Transit’s Proposed Fare Hikes

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During today’s Senate Budget & Appropriations hearing with NJ Transit, Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) stated the following to try to stop the agency from increasing its fares again on commuters:

During a Senate Budget Committee hearing with state transportation leaders, Sen. Jennifer Beck discussed the need to prevent further NJ Transit fare increases. (Flickr/Bryan Bruchman)

“In 2010, I opposed the staggering 22-percent fare hike, and frankly it’s unacceptable to hit hard-working commuters with another increase to fund the same level of services.

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