Senate Passes Doherty Legislation Designating Rt. 173 Between Clinton & Phillipsburg as “173rd Airborne Brigade Highway”
The New Jersey Senate has approved legislation (S-650) sponsored by Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) that would designate Route 173 between Clinton in Hunterdon County and Phillipsburg in Warren County as the “173rd Airborne Brigade Highway” in honor of the brigade’s many years of heroism and sacrifice in defense of our country’s freedom.
“From service in France during World War I to recent deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, the ‘Sky Soldiers’ of the 173rd Airborne Brigade have distinguished themselves for nearly a century,” said Doherty. “It is fitting that the Senate has chosen to recognize the 173rd Airborne Brigade’s service and sacrifice by passing legislation that names part of Rt. 173 in their honor.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. announced that he will share Senate voting session agendas via Facebook so more people will have advanced notice of what their state government is doing, and that he will share his Senate session votes with “friends”/“followers” to promote government transparency, accountability and public participation at a time when it’s most needed.
“In this past election, a record-low 38 percent of voters participated in choosing our governor and full state legislature,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “Those results prove what we’ve heard and read: too many people don’t know their state legislators, what they do or what they fail to do. I’m hoping to help change that with more activity on social media.”
The New Jersey Senate will hold a voting session on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the Senate Chambers in the New Jersey State House to consider the following bills:
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|S441||Communication between emp/student-policy||2RS||1/30/2014|
|S650||173rd Airborne Brigade Hwy-desig. rt.173||2RS||1/27/2014|
|S846||Boating accident, leaving scene-penal.||2RS||1/30/2014|
|S873||Adoptees birth cert.-permits access||2RS||1/27/2014|
|S942||Home elevation contractor-prov standards||2RS||1/27/2014|
|S966||Pub. sch. closure-estab. procedures||2RS||1/30/2014|
|S998||Sows, pregnant during gestation-concerns||2RS||1/30/2014|
|SCR46||Jt Task Force, Health Insur-reconstitute||2RS||1/16/2014|
|SJR14||Passenger Rail Sys. Study Comm.-create||2RS||1/27/2014|
Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Comptroller’s Scathing Report on Newark Agency Exposes Big Government at Its Absolute Worst
9th District Representatives Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove today called the report issued by New Jersey’s Office of the State Comptroller on the now-defunct Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corporation as a warning on the trappings of big government.
On February 19, the State Comptroller’s Office issued a report that detailed its findings on abuses by the Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corporation, which was a nonprofit organization that was responsible for running the city’s water infrastructure.
Highlighted among the worst abuses in the Comptroller’s report was how the former executive director wrote unauthorized checks to herself, handed out no-bid contracts as patronage, engaged in risky investment actions that lost hundreds of thousands of dollars. On top of this, the former executive director was granted a severance package worth more than $450,000, to which appears she was not entitled to, according to the report.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) appeared on NJTV News with host Mike Schneider following Governor Christie’s budget address to talk about the importance of addressing New Jersey’s long-term debt problem.
Senate Republican Budget and Appropriations Committee member Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement on Governor Christie’s proposed budget for the 2015 fiscal year.
“Under Governor Christie’s leadership we have changed the course of mismanagement and failed obligations of past administrations by making the tough choices like pension and benefits reform. This budget again makes a record-high payment to the pension system while including less discretionary spending than fiscal year 2008, and providing $20 million for Sandy recovery.
“Today the Governor has rightly issued a call to action. While we have made progress, it’s clear that if we want to better New Jersey for all people by investing in things like education and public health we will have to do more to lessen the consuming pension burden on the state. Ninety percent of new spending this year has been swallowed by pension, healthcare and debt service obligations. We must address these costs.
Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) stated the following about today’s New Jersey Budget address by Gov. Chris Christie:
“Gov. Christie has again produced a state budget for the people, with the largest single contribution for education, the largest-ever pension payment, increased aid to Superstorm Sandy victims and $1.2 billion in direct property tax relief. This budget will also help create jobs by continuing bipartisan tax reforms that will allow employers to spend an additional $600 million to grow and improve their operations, instead of having to fund excessive government.
With a New Jersey-bound shipment of badly needed road salt still stuck at a Maine port and yet another snow storm forecast for Wednesday’s morning commute, Senator Joe Kyrillos today introduced a resolution urging federal authorities to waive the requirements of a nearly century old shipping law during certain states of emergency.
Delivery of New Jersey’s 40,000 ton order of rock salt from a Maine dock has been significantly delayed because of provisions of the Jones Act. Enacted in 1920, the act requires that maritime transport of cargo between two points in the United States be carried by U.S.-flagged ships and waivers of the requirement are only granted in the interest of national defense. While state and county rock salt supplies have been dangerously low because of repeat snow storms this winter, the state’s request for a waiver of the act to allow for the quickest delivery of the shipment was denied.
New Jersey State Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris & Passaic) and Assemblyman Scott Rumana (R – Bergen, Essex, Morris & Passaic) today both questioned why the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, a bi-state agency, has delayed the port of New Jersey from filling approximately 600 vitally needed jobs.
The Waterfront Commission was created in the early 1950s to perform background checks and eliminate the presence of organized crime in the ports. It also has veto authority over the actual number of new hires.
“Even though management and labor have both agreed that additional staffing is needed, it still must go through a third party just to get approval for those numbers. What other business has to subordinate themselves to a third party when dealing with hiring practices?” questioned Senator Pennacchio.
The Assembly Judiciary Committee advanced legislation, A-892, entitled the Jessica Lunsford Act, which is cosponsored by 9th District Representatives Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove.
The Act, which is named after the Florida girl who was sexually assaulted and murdered by a convicted sex offender, requires mandatory terms of imprisonment for persons convicted of aggravated sexual assault against a child under the age of 13, for a specific term of years fixed by the sentencing court, between 25 years and life imprisonment, of which 25 years or more must be served before parole eligibility.