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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Disappointed Democrats Have Ignored Offer to Work Together on Minimum Wage Increase, Middle-Class Income Tax Cuts

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean expressed disappointment that Democratic leaders have ignored his offer to work in a bipartisan fashion to enact a moderate increase in New Jersey’s minimum wage and middle-class state income tax cuts.

Sen. Tom Kean expressed disappointment that Democratic leaders have ignored his offer to work in a bipartisan fashion to enact a moderate increase in New Jersey’s minimum wage and middle-class state income tax cuts. (SenateNJ.com)

Kean issued the following statement following today’s minimum wage announcement by Governor-elect Phil Murphy, Senate President Stephen Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker-designate Craig Coughlin:

“It’s clear that New Jerseyans are tired of the extreme partisanship that has consumed national politics in Washington, and they want more civility at all levels of government, including here in New Jersey.

“That’s why my first public statement following the election was an offer to work with Governor-elect Murphy and the Democratic leadership of the Senate and General Assembly on a proposed bipartisan effort to increase the minimum wage to a fair and modern level and cut income taxes for middle-class New Jerseyans.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Introduces Bill Requiring Background Checks for Home Improvement Contractors & House Lifters

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Too Many Victims of Superstorm Sandy Hurt Again by Criminal Contractors

Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean, Monmouth) has introduced legislation that would require home improvement and home elevation contractor in New Jersey to undergo comprehensive criminal history background checks.

Following Superstorm Sandy rebuilding fraud, Sen. Bob Singer has introduced legislation that would require home improvement and home elevation contractors to undergo comprehensive criminal history background checks. (U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

“Following the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, thousands of New Jersey homeowners looked for contractors to rebuild and lift their homes to prevent damage in future storms,” said Singer. “Unfortunately, shady contractors were drawn by billions of dollars of state and federal disaster aid, insurance checks, and the personal savings that residents sought to invest in their homes. Due to lax state registration laws, too many Sandy victims also became the victims of fraud, which is something that we can and must address.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Introduces Bill to Promote Manufacturing & Job Growth in Distressed Suburbs

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) has introduced legislation to promote manufacturing and job growth in certain distressed suburban municipalities through new tax incentives under the Grow New Jersey Assistance Program.

Sen. Anthony Bucco (left) during a meeting of the Legislative Manufacturing Caucus at the County College of Morris on Oct. 17. (SenateNJ.com)

“This legislation is directed by my belief that every New Jersey town deserves the opportunity to thrive, and every resident the opportunity to work and succeed,” said Bucco. “It addresses a deficit in New Jersey’s economic development incentives which overlook the needs of lower-income suburbs. Many of those towns that have suffered from a shift of manufacturing to lower cost states don’t benefit from incentive programs that are designed primarily to drive employers to a few urban areas like Newark and Camden.”

Senator Bucco said that he hopes to work with the Legislature’s new manufacturing caucus on this bill and other efforts to support manufacturers that are critical to New Jersey’s economy.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Announces Senate Republican Leadership Team for 2018-2019 Session

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) announced the new caucus leadership for the upcoming 2018-2019 legislative session:

New Jersey Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean announced the new caucus leadership for the upcoming 2018-2019 legislative session. (SenateNJ.com)

  • Deputy Minority Leader – Senator Bob Singer (R-30)
  • Conference Leader – Senator Steven Oroho (R-24)
  • Deputy Conference Leader – Senator-elect Chris Brown (R-2)
  • Whip – Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26)
  • Deputy Whip – Senator Dawn Marie Addiego (R-8)
  • Budget Officer – Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25)

“Senate Republicans see a renewed opportunity to advance initiatives that will improve the lives of the people of New Jersey,” said Kean. “We’re focused on addressing New Jersey’s crisis of affordability, creating new opportunities for students and job seekers, and rebuilding trust in government. The Senate Republican leadership team is optimistic that we can help the members of our caucus, and the Legislature as a whole, to effectively address these most pressing challenges. Every Senate Republican is engaged in this endeavor, and they each have the drive and the talent that our state will need to be successful.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Not So Fast Legalizing Weed

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Senate Republican Whip Joe Pennacchio (R-26) today condemned the mad dash to legalize marijuana in New Jersey, citing the drastic increase in weed-related traffic fatalities in states that have enacted full legalization.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio condemned the mad dash to legalize marijuana in New Jersey, citing the drastic increase in weed-related traffic fatalities in states that have enacted full legalization. (Pixabay)

In Colorado, marijuana-related traffic fatalities rose 48-percent since the state legalized the drug in 2014. Pennacchio also noted that many police departments in New Jersey – the most densely populated state in the nation – do not have enough resources or accurate tools to spot and effectively prosecute stoned drivers.

“Governor-elect Murphy sees a $300 million tax revenue windfall. I see a mass of heartache and trouble,” Senator Pennacchio said. “New Jersey’s roadways are extremely congested and we don’t have a full-proof weed sobriety test. A mad dash to legalization, without taking the time to examine the consequences, is a recipe for disaster.”

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Senator Tom Kean

In the News: Kean Offers Democrats Compromise on Modest Minimum Wage Increase for Middle-Class Tax Cuts

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NJTV reported yesterday on an offer made by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to Governor-Elect Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders to address New Jersey’s crisis of affordability in a bipartisan way:

“We have no intention of being the party of ‘no,’” said Sen. Tom Kean Jr., the Senate minority leader.

Instead, Kean proposed bipartisan compromise. If Democrats reduce the income tax for the middle class — say for families earning less than $110,000 and individuals earning $50,000 to $70,000 — Republicans would support a moderate raise in New Jersey’s minimum wage to a “fair” level. That includes carve-outs.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Re-Elected Senate Republican Leader

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The New Jersey Senate Republican caucus has unanimously re-elected Senator Tom Kean (R-Union, Morris, Somerset) as its leader for the upcoming 2018-2019 legislative session.

The New Jersey Senate Republican caucus has re-elected Sen. Tom Kean as its leader for the upcoming 2018-2019 legislative session. (SenateNJ.com)

Following his selection, Kean issued the following remarks:

“It’s an honor to have been given the opportunity by my colleagues to continue serving as Senate Republican Leader.

“The coming years will present some difficult challenges for New Jersey, but they are challenges we can overcome if reasonable people from across the political spectrum are willing to work together.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

On Behalf of NJ’s Children, Pennacchio & Webber Thank and Appreciate Advocates for Their Support of Child-Protection Legislation

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Legislation (S-2917/A-4442) sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio and Assemblyman Jay Webber has earned the support and advocacy of Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey and the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

A bill sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Asm. Jay Webber to protect school children from chronic abusers has earned the support and advocacy of Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey and the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault. (©iStock)

The legislation would tighten-up reporting and disclosure requirements between and among education employers so that chronic child abuses will not escape detection or get recycled through the system to prey again on other children at different schools. The legislation would remedy the problem of insidious silence that has permitted the migration of child predators between and among schools and our children.

Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey and the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault have joined forces to push for sponsorship and passage of this child-protective legislation, according to their joint statement in support of S2917/A4442.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Helps Cut the Ribbon on New Monmouth County One-Stop Career Center

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) joined with local leaders to celebrate the opening of the new One-Stop Career Center in Eatontown.

Sen. Jennifer Beck helped open the new One-Stop Career Center in Eatontown. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Searching for a job in today’s economy can be a daunting and stressful task,” Senator Beck said. “This fantastic facility has everything a job seeker might need.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Will Help Lakewood Student-Athletes Get a Look at College Life at NCAA Basketball Game

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Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean, Monmouth) is leading an effort to inform Lakewood athletes about the importance of balancing studies and sports by taking them on a trip to see the Monmouth University Hawks take on the Seton Hall Pirates in a men’s basketball game next month.

Sen. Robert Singer helped arrange for 200 Lakewood High School student-athletes to attend an NCAA basketball game. (SenateNJ.com)

“These kids have a passion for sports, and some might even want to continue playing after high school,” Senator Singer said. “We wanted to give them a chance to get a taste of what it takes to succeed at the highest level of NCAA basketball.”

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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

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Joe Kyrillos

District 13

Steven Oroho

District 24

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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