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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Kyrillos: Today, Why Are We Not Passing Sick-Leave Payout Reform?

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Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth),  a prime sponsor of legislation to reform public employee sick-leave payouts,  said it’s shameful that Senate Democratic leaders scheduled a voting session on July 10th without a vote on any legislation, especially sick-leave payout reform, in light of yet another six-figure golden parachute on the backs of property taxpayers.

“Legislative Democrats are continuing to enable this gross abuse of property tax dollars that carries a nearly $1 billion liability across New Jersey,” Kyrillos said.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Welcomes Support for Bi-State DRPA Reform Legislation

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Assistant Senate Republican Leader Joe Pennacchio urged legislative Democrats who agree on the need to address issues with the Delaware River Port Authority to follow through on their public comments by joining Pennsylvania in support of legislation to reform the troubled agency.

New Jersey State Senator Joe Pennacchio discusses bi-state DRPA reform legislation during a press conference in front of the Ben Franklin Bridge in Camden, NJ on April 24, 2014. (Press Release)

Pennacchio applauded the Senate President for publicly agreeing that the DRPA needs greater transparency and accountability, as well as to focus solely on its bridges and regional railway. Also, during today’s Senate Judiciary Committee meeting, Senator Pennacchio pointed out that the very same issues that concern Democrats about the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey are also issues of concern with the DRPA.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Citing Continued Newark Abuses Pennacchio Renews Call for “Transparency In Government Act”

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In the wake of reports that the Newark school district spent $22,000 per month for over a year on catered meals and take-out food, Senator Joe Pennacchio renewed his call for passage of the “Transparency in Government Act” to prevent abusive spending of public funding.

“Newark school district officials’ audacity to spend hundreds of thousands of public dollars on catered meals while in the midst of a $42 million budget deficit is indefensible and further proof of the need for taxpayers to have access to information of how every one of their hard-earned dollars is spent,” said Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic). “Unfortunately, this type of wasteful spending of state tax dollars, like the millions of tax dollars wasted by the City of Newark detailed in a recent state Comptroller report, occurs outside the public eye time and time again in authorities and cities across the state.”

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District 10

Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin Bill Increasing Penalties for Leaving Scene of a Boating Accident Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by the 10th District legislators, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin, which establishes criminal penalties for leaving the scene of a boating accident was signed into law by Governor Christie at a public bill signing in Point Pleasant, New Jersey.

Gov. Chris Christie signing into law legislation sponsored by Sen. Jim Holzapfel (2nd from right), Asm. Dave Wolfe (center-right) and Asm. Greg McGuckin (center-left) increasing penalties for leaving the scene of a boating accident in Point Pleasant on July 3, 2014.

“Safety is always our first concern with more boaters on our waterways each year. This legislation will give law enforcement the authority needed to prosecute those reckless enough to leave the scene of an accident without assisting the passengers of the other vessel,” said Senator Holzapfel.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Joins Governor at Ribbon Cutting for Ocean Grove Boardwalk

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Jersey Shore Landmark Reopens for First Time Since Sandy

Senator Jennifer Beck joined Governor Chris Christie in reopening the Ocean Grove boardwalk. The Shore landmark was devastated by Superstorm Sandy, and Ocean Grove struggled to procure the aid necessary to rebuild. After numerous appeals, FEMA approved the request for funds and repairs began. Nearly a year later, the boardwalk is rebuilt and ready for the 2014 summer season.

Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11) joined Gov. Chris Christie for a ribbon cutting to reopen the newly rebuilt Ocean Grove boardwalk for the first time since Superstorm Sandy. (Photo Gallery)

“This is a very exciting day for shore residents. The reopening of the Ocean Grove boardwalk is a significant step forward in our recovery from Sandy. I worked closely with Ocean Grove officials and FEMA representatives through the application process and the numerous appeals.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Stop Seismic Testing Program to Protect NJ’s Environment & Fishing Industry

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Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove of the 9th Legislative District joined with a broad coalition of fishing, sporting and environmental groups at a rally in Barnegat Light on July 2 to call on the Obama administration and Rutgers University to delay the planned seismic testing program off of New Jersey’s coast as a first step to address the harmful environmental and economic impacts that will likely result.

Some of the groups taking part in the event included the Recreational Fishing Alliance, Clean Ocean Action, Anglers Conservation Network, Jersey Coast Anglers Association, Surfrider Foundation, Point Pleasant Fishermen’s Dock Cooperative, NJ Outdoor Alliance, and Save Barnegat Bay.

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Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson & Dancer Laud Bipartisan Effort to Protect Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

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Senator Sam Thompson and Assemblyman Ron Dancer, both R-Ocean, Monmouth, Burlington and Middlesex, attended and participated in a news conference outside the main gate to Fort Dix of the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Wrightstown. The legislators lauded that portion of the Fiscal 2015 budget which includes $200,000 in funding to protect the base and Picatinny Arsenal from potential cuts or closure by the Department of Defense (DOD). Thompson and Dancer were sponsors of the budget initiative.

“Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is the second-largest New Jersey employer and a huge multi-billion dollar segment of our state’s economy,” said Thompson. “It’s imperative that we have a bipartisan effort of state and federal lawmakers that is prepared to defend the joint base and New Jersey’s other military installations in the event of another round of base closures.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Senate President’s Comments on Expanding Gaming to North Jersey Are Welcome News

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Senator Steven Oroho today said he looks forward to working cooperatively with Senate President Stephen Sweeney to explore expanding casino gaming into northern New Jersey.

According to a report published Wednesday in The Record, Senate President Sweeney said he has discussed expanding gaming opportunities to northern New Jersey and that a statewide referendum on expanded gaming could be placed on the November 2015 ballot.

“I’m encouraged to hear the Senate President say that voters might soon get to decide on expanding gaming to north Jersey and other parts of the state,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Expanding gaming will not only bring additional needed revenue and jobs to New Jersey, but also boost local equine, racetrack and tourism industries throughout the area and state.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: I’ll Be the DRPA ‘Crisis Communicator,’ Free of Charge

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Senator Joe Pennacchio, sponsor of comprehensive bi-state legislation to reform the troubled Delaware River Port Authority, stated the following regarding news that the public agency is now spending $7,500 per month on a politically connected “crisis communicator” to try to look better, in light of missing emails in a federal probe and a host of other issues:

“I’ll be the DRPA’s ‘crisis communicator,’ free of charge. The message is simple: ‘We are sorry. We screwed up. Over the years, we have lost the proper focus and politics has clouded our good judgment. We have lost your trust by wasting and abusing your money, but we want to regain that trust and serve the best interests of hundreds of thousands of hard-working commuters. We finally embrace and encourage the passage of bi-state legislative reform, so that these issues never happen again and the DRPA is forever transparent and accountable to the public.’”

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Senator Dawn Addiego

Addiego Applauds State Budget Funding to Combat Base Closures

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Senator Dawn Addiego (R-8) commended the inclusion of $200,000 in the approved FY 2015 New Jersey budget to protect and grow the state’s military installations in the likely event of another round of federal base realignments and closures.

“This was an extremely tough budget year, and some items in the budget that the Legislature approved were reduced or eliminated by Governor Christie using his line item veto power,” added Addiego. “The fact that this funding has remained in the budget should serve as proof to anyone watching that New Jersey will be prepared to fight for the future of our military bases.”

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