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Senator Steve Oroho

Passed: Oroho Bill to Help Fight Hunger

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to fight hunger by providing a tax credit to farmers that donate produce to food banks was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho to help fight hunger was passed by the New Jersey Senate. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Every year, tons of food coming from New Jersey’s farms is discarded because it’s ugly or not worth it for farmers to bring it to market,” Senator Oroho said. “That food could be going to the countless number of families that are sadly struggling with food insecurity.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Approves Kean Legislation to Transfer Governance of Police & Fire Pension System

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to transfer governance of the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS) from the New Jersey Division of Pension and Benefits to a newly empowered PFRS Board of Trustees has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation transfers governance of the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System from the Division of Pension and Benefits to a newly empowered PFRS Board of Trustees. (

Kean sponsors the bipartisan measure, S-3040, with Senate President Stephen Sweeney.

“The police and fire unions covered by PFRS spent two years researching this proposal, including meetings across the country with representatives of other states’ pension systems to learn what works and what doesn’t,” said Kean. “This proposal represents the culmination of that diligent effort. I have no doubt that they have the best interests of all their members at heart, and was glad to work on this innovative approach to help strengthen the pensions earned by our first responders.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Dawn Addiego

Addiego, Bucco Demand Life in Prison for Murder of Child During Sexual Assault

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Bill expands “Joan’s Law” to mandate life without parole for murder of a child under age 18 during a sex crime.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Dawn Addiego and Anthony Bucco to eliminate the possibility of parole for anyone convicted of the murder of a minor in the course of a sex crime.

Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego (left) joined Rosemarie D’Alessandro as she testified in support of updates to “Joan’s Law” at the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 13, 2017. (

Since 1997, “Joan’s Law” has mandated “no release” in cases involving a minor under age 14. S-607 extends Joan’s Law to protect victims between the ages of 14 and 18.

“The monster who brutally raped and murdered little Joan D’Alessandro has been up for parole four times,” Senator Addiego (R-Burlington) said. “Anyone who is evil enough to commit such a heinous crime once will have no qualms about victimizing another child, no matter how long they have been in jail. No parent should have to stand up in front of a judge over, and over again trying to convince them of this fact. We will keep fighting on their behalf until every minor receives equal protections under the law.”

Senator Addiego and Joan’s mother, Rosemarie D’Alessandro, both testified in support of the bill at the March 13 Judiciary Committee hearing in Trenton.

“My sons Michael, John and I are filled with joy today,” Rosemarie D’Alessandro said. “This shows how the unity of all those involved through their actions and voices makes a huge difference in the fight for more justice for young, vulnerable victims and their families. Now families will not be burdened by the thought of when the next parole date will be, or having to testify. Joan’s legacy is filled with positive energy. The vote today truly brings hope to New Jersey.”

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District 9

Connors-Rumpf-Gove Veterans’ Housing Initiative Signed Into Law

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Veterans’ legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that will expand housing opportunities for veterans has been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

The 9th District Delegation’s veterans’ initiative, S-260/A-452/A-984, will require that a portion of the tenant-based rental assistance vouchers under the State rental assistance program (SRAP) for grants be reserved for veterans.  The provisions of the new law will take effect immediately.

Legislation sponsored by the 9th District Delegation to expand housing opportunities for veterans was signed into law. (©iStock)

Following the signing of their legislation, Connors, Rumpf and Gove issued the following joint statement:

“For those veterans falling on hard times and in need of housing that they can afford, we are elated that the State’s rental assistance program will now prioritize their needs.  From the outset, we sought to build upon the state’s existing veterans’ housing programs, such as ‘Veterans Haven,’ to provide additional housing opportunities for those who have served our nation.

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Senator Diane Allen
Senator Kip Bateman
Senator Sam Thompson

Allen, Bateman, Thompson Bills to Reduce Food Waste Advanced by Senate Panel

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A trio of bills sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington), Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon) and Senator Sam Thompson (R-Burlington, Middlesex, Ocean, Monmouth) aimed at reducing waste by encouraging more donation and recycling of food were advanced by the Senate Environment Committee.

Bills sponsored Sen. Diane Allen, Sen. Kip Bateman and Sen. Sam Thompson would help reduce food waste. (Flickr)

“Unfortunately, there are still many in New Jersey that struggle to find the next meal for their families,” Senator Allen said. “We hope that by cutting back on waste at our schools and other institutions we can get more food to people who need it.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Preventing Animal Cruelty Is Important, So Is Preventing Cruel Treatment of Unborn Children

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Calls for Legislature to Apply Same Compassion to People That’s Applied to Pets

With planned Senate action on yet another bill that would further bolster the state’s already extensive animal cruelty statutes, Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) again blasted the Legislature’s continued inaction on legislation that would protect unborn children from the cruel and excruciating pain caused by abortion.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio speaking at a New Jersey State House press conference on S-2026, the NJ Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, on December 5, 2016. (

“Preventing animal cruelty is important, but so is preventing the cruel treatment of unborn children,” said Pennacchio. “The Legislature’s continued inaction on S-2026 sends the message that we care more about animals than people. It’s time to re-balance our priorities, and we can start by passing the NJ Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Applauds PSE&G’s Decision to Abandon PennEast Pipeline, Urges Others to Reconsider Project

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Following recent news reports that PSE&G plans to sell its share in the proposed PennEast Pipeline and abandon its involvement in the controversial project, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman urged others involved with the pipeline to reconsider their support as well.

Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman applauded PSE&G’s decision to sell its share in the controversial PennEast Pipeline project. (PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC)

“I think this decision by PSE&G can be traced directly back to the overwhelming opposition by local residents who don’t want this pipeline cutting through their communities and damaging the environment,” Senator Bateman said. “It’s time for the other companies involved to realize that this project is unneeded and unwelcome.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Editorial: Three Health Care Issues N.J. Must Watch

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The following editorial on healthcare policy by Senator Robert Singer was published by the Asbury Park Press on March 9, 2017:

Sen. Robert Singer says it’s critical for state policymakers and residents to be aware of several potential issues that could impact the quality, cost or access to health care for New Jersey residents. (©iStock)

With much discussion focused on possible federal changes to the Affordable Care Act, it’s critical for state policymakers and residents to be aware of several other potential issues that could impact the quality, cost or access to health care for New Jersey residents.

Here are three to watch:

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Votes Against Effort to Legitimize Unconstitutional Transportation Pork Panel

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) voted against legislation (S-3075) in the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee which would give the Governor and Legislature another year to form a political pork panel that would have the ability to manipulate billions of dollars in state transportation spending. Her refusal to help legitimize the panel follows the receipt of a legal opinion from the non-partisan Office of Legislative Services that deemed the “Capital Program Approval Committee” unconstitutional.

Sen. Jennifer Beck voted against legislation giving the Governor and Legislature another year to form a political pork panel that would have the ability to manipulate billions of dollars in state transportation spending. (Wikimedia Commons)

Under previously approved legislation, the Capital Program Approval Committee is to be a panel of four individuals, including political appointees, who would have power over the state’s Annual Transportation Capital Program. The objection of any single member of the committee would explicitly prevent the Legislature from funding any transportation projects in that year.

“We have an opinion from OLS that this panel unconstitutionally usurps the authority of the Legislature to appropriate funds,” said Beck. “A single member of this pork panel who doesn’t believe they are getting their fair share for their pet projects could effectively hold hostage all state transportation spending. I cannot support any legislation that would further legitimize this committee that clearly is designed to waste the gas taxes paid by millions of drivers for political purposes.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho’s Transportation Bills Providing Substantive Property Tax Relief Passed by Senate Budget Committee

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A pair of transportation-related bills sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) that would substantively reduce the burden on property taxpayers has been approved by the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee.

Transportation-related bills sponsored by Sen. Steven Oroho would provide substantive property tax relief. (

The first bill, S-3076, appropriates $400 million from the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) to pay for immediate road and bridge repair projects across the state in all 21 counties.

“The tax reform plan that we approved last year has made it possible for the state to pay for many critical transportation projects in communities across New Jersey,” said Oroho. “Our new legislation builds on that effort by having the state augment its share of funding for local road and bridge repairs that would otherwise have been borne by residents through increased property taxes.”

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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

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Joe Kyrillos

District 13

Kevin O'Toole

District 40

Steven Oroho

District 24

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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