Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following on the anniversary of September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks:
“Thirteen years ago, thousands of innocent Americans became sudden victims of terror. Today, we remember and pay tribute to those who truly embodied perseverance, courage, and heroism not only on September 11, 2001, but also during the difficult days of recovery and rebuilding. We hold first responders, victims and their families in our hearts. Their strength stands as a testament to American resiliency. Today, we reflect on how our nation has come together in the past 13 years to overcome one of the darkest days of our history. We remember and honor those who gave and make tremendous sacrifices for us all.”
Christie Signs Trio of Bucco Bills to Improve Public Safety, Allow Land Preservation or Development, Reform Alimony Laws
Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a trio of bills sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to enhance public safety, spark new economic growth or land preservation and reform the state’s alimony laws.
Gov. Christie signed Senator Bucco’s S-1560 into law to enhance the New Jersey State Police with military veterans.
“On this day that we remember one of our nation’s darkest tragedies and honor all of those who defend our freedom, it is fitting for the state to lead by example and hire our heroes and heroines,” Bucco said.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer reforming New Jersey’s alimony laws to eliminate lifetime awards and establish guidelines for the amount and duration of awards has been signed into law by Governor Christie.
“These needed reforms will make sure a spouse who has faithfully met their financial obligation isn’t unfairly forced to work through retirement in order to continue making payments, while still making sure a dependent spouse is treated fairly after a divorce,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “The state’s alimony laws were out of touch with today’s society where both partners in a marriage often have careers and unfairly overburdened spouses with crippling lifetime awards. Under these reforms, the courts will no longer be operating with an assumption that either spouse will be dependent on the other for the rest of their lives after a divorce.”
Connors, Rumpf & Gove Start Online Petition in Support of Keeping Atlantic City as State’s Only Home to Casinos
9th District Delegation Opposes Establishment of Casinos Outside of Atlantic City
In a proactive, grassroots-geared initiative directed at protecting the Atlantic City regional economy and its workers, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have started an online petition to thwart any legislative effort that would allow casinos to operate at sites in the state other than Atlantic City.
The petition has been posted on the 9th District delegation’s official legislative website and is entitled: “Sign Connors, Rumpf & Gove’s Petition for the State to Honor it’s Commitment to Atlantic City.”
Senator Jennifer Beck and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon today called the recommendations resulting from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s recent audit problematic. The HUD audit found that “the documentation required by the State’s policy did not fully demonstrate that homeowners occupied damaged residences as their primary residences at the time of the storm.”
“This is getting to be a little outrageous,” Beck (R-Monmouth) said. “The state requires a copy of the owner’s driver’s license and performs a title search along with a check of corroborating documents. I think these people have been through enough. Demanding a more onerous process to prove your residency is just adding another pointless layer of bureaucracy. HUD’s own audit found no instances of money going to the wrong people. So, what’s the problem?”
Monmouth County Senators Jennifer Beck and Joseph Kyrillos stated the following about today’s directive from Governor Christie to the Attorney General that allows casinos and racetracks to operate sports betting pools:
“This directive paves the way for legalized sports betting in the state which will be a boon to New Jersey,” Beck said. “It will keep us competitive with other states while offering a significant new source of tax revenue. Sports betting will also offer a much-needed lifeline to our ailing casinos and horse racing industry. This bold move will have a long-term, positive impact upon our state.”
“This action is especially important to Monmouth County, the home of Monmouth Park,” said Kyrillos, who voted in favor of the original sports betting legislation. “This is good timing, as we work to create opportunities for the 8,000 people who are looking for new jobs due to Atlantic City’s struggles and the reason I voted for sports betting in the first place. We look forward to continuing our work with the administration to resolve this issue.”
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have reintroduced legislation that would create the new offense of theft by financial exploitation of vulnerable person. Under the 9th District delegation’s legislation (S-925/A-738), a newly established offense of financial exploitation would be established for person who when, being in a position of trust, commit a theft against a senior citizen or a person with a disability.
Connors, Rumpf and Gove remarked on the key provisions of their legislation to protect some of the most vulnerable persons in our society:
End of Career Vacation & Sick Time Payouts Spell Disaster for Many Towns
On the heels of the reported $84,000 payout to the outgoing Asbury Park police chief, Senator Jennifer Beck renewed her call for the passage of legislation that limits the payout for unused sick time to $15,000 and permits a municipal employee to carry forward only one year of vacation time.
“These types of payouts can crush local governments,” said Beck (R-Monmouth). “In cases of cities like Asbury, an unplanned lump cost like this can be catastrophic. Asbury Park already has significant financial woes; this payout makes an already bad situation worse. Chief Kinmon has done a very admirable job leading the Asbury Park Police Department, he is totally within the bounds of the law to receive this payout and that’s why we need to fix the law.”
Senator Diane Allen, joined by her colleagues Senators Jennifer Beck, Joe Kyrillos, Anthony Bucco, Robert Singer, Dawn Addiego, Joe Pennacchio, Steven Oroho and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr., announced legislation and a photo gallery to save animals in need of a home.
In an effort to encourage more residents to consider adopting a sheltered or rescued animal, Senator Allen and her colleagues are sponsoring legislation to recognize the month of September each year as “New Jersey Adopt a Shelter Pet Month.” To coincide with the legislation, Senator Allen (R-7) and Senators Beck (R-11), Kyrillos (R-13), Bucco (R-25), Singer (R-30), Addiego (R-8) and Pennacchio (R-26) are sponsoring a photo gallery (details below), highlighting local shelter or rescue animals.
“Shelters and rescue agencies have too many animals without homes and not enough resources to support them,” said Allen. “I hope by designating September as Adopt a Shelter Pet Month it can become a time each year filled with events promoting local shelters and a time where more and more animals find a loving, permanent home.”
Senator Robert Singer and Assemblymen Sean Kean and David Rible (R-30) issued the following statement today regarding the death of Lakewood’s Aaron Sofer.
“Our thoughts and prayers today are with the Sofer family. Aaron’s tragic death is an unthinkable loss for his family, peers and the entire Lakewood community. Aaron’s dedication to his faith and family should serve as an example to us all. We thank those in the community, across the state and the country who offered their support and prayers for Aaron and his family during these past difficult days.”