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Senator Anthony Bucco

Budget Officer Bucco’s Statement on FY16 Proposal at Committee Hearing

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Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco prepared the following statement for the budget committee overview hearing with the New Jersey Treasurer:

“I’m pleased that Gov. Christie has again presented us with a state budget proposal that focuses on fiscal restraint and everyone’s future.

State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff presented an overview of the proposed FY 2016 New Jersey budget to the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee on March 31, 2015. (

“This budget makes the largest-ever investment in our students and the next generation, with nearly $13 billion in school aid, all without increasing taxes or fees. It helps continue job creation by implementing the fifth and final year of bipartisan tax reforms that will allow employers to grow and improve their operations and also help continue to increase state revenues.

“With this budget’s record-high $1.3 billion pension payment, the Gov. Christie administration has allocated more money to the state pension system than the five previous administrations combined over 15 years.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer to Introduce Legislation Protecting Disabled Adults Following Bullying of Autistic Howell Man

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Senator Robert Singer will introduce legislation expanding legal protections for disabled adults following a reported incident in Manasquan where a developmentally disabled man nearly drowned after being dared to jump from a jetty into the frigid ocean.

A developmentally disabled man nearly drowned in frigid water after he was goaded into jumping off the jetty at the Manasquan Inlet by two men who filmed the incident. (Bing Maps)

According to a report in the Asbury Park Press, the 19-year-old man, who is autistic and diabetic, was egged into jumping from the jetty into the ocean on February 25 by two acquaintances who taped the incident with their cell phone and then later posted the video online. Law enforcement authorities said they couldn’t charge the men criminally because the conduct didn’t fall under any current state statute.

“This is a very troubling incident where a young man with a mental disability was taken advantage of,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “This was not a harmless prank. It was flat out wrong and could have resulted in this young man’s death. This type of abuse of a developmentally disabled person who didn’t know any better simply can’t be tolerated.”

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Senator Sam Thompson

Editorial: Thompson on Historical Rarity of Successful Veto Overrides in New Jersey

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The following editorial by Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) regarding the historic number of veto override attempts conducted by legislative Democrats against Governor Christie was published by the Asbury Park Press on March 26:

Editorial writers, Democrats and others have reported Gov. Chris Christie has set a record with the number of bills he has vetoed and have continuously asserted that Republican members of the Legislature are spineless, intimidated cowards because, despite 50 veto override attempts, they have never provided the votes for a single veto override.

Sen. Sam Thompson notes that Gov. Christie has faced a record number of attempts by Democrats to override his vetoes of legislation, and that successful veto overrides are historically rare in New Jersey. (

A historical review of records of gubernatorial vetoes and veto override attempts belies both of these statements. However, it also reveals the most significant and record-making number usually cited is actually the 50 override attempts. This is truly a record for the last 60 years.

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Senator Anthony Bucco

On ‘Made in NJ Day,’ Bucco Unveils 5th Phase of New Senate Republican Jobs Package

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As “Made in New Jersey Day” was celebrated in the State House, Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco unveiled the fifth phase of the Senate Republicans’ new jobs package. This phase includes seven bills centered on “Reducing Burdensome Regulations.”

As New Jersey manufacturers visited the State House to take part in “Made in New Jersey Day,” Sen. Anthony Bucco unveiled bills to “Reduce Burdensome Regulations” as part of the Senate Republicans’ new jobs package on March 26, 2015. (

“As a small business owner and a state Senate leader, I’ve been on both sides of the conversations on ‘Made in New Jersey Day,’ and I understand how important this collaborative event is for our economy, job market and workforce,” Bucco said. “I’ve spoken with too many entrepreneurs and employers who need onerous regulations reduced in order to start and grow their operations here, and I will continue to share their concerns and needs with fellow leaders and governors in Trenton.

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District 9

Governor Signs Connors-Rumpf-Gove-Supported “New Jersey Tuition Equality for America’s Military (NJTEAM) Act”

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove has been signed into law which provides that a veteran, regardless of their state of residence, who is living in New Jersey and attending a public higher education institution in New Jersey, will be eligible to pay an in-State tuition rate.

Legislation sponsored by Connors, Rumpf & Gove that would provide veterans living in New Jersey with in-state tuition at public colleges in the state has been signed into law. (U.S. Navy)

The legislation (A-3967) was entitled the “New Jersey Tuition Equality for America’s Military (NJTEAM) Act.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Editorial: Bateman Condemns COAH, Urges Senate to Enact Common Sense Affordable Housing Reforms

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The following editorial by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman on ending the 40 years of chaos caused by COAH and the need to pass reasonable affordable housing reforms was published by on March 24:

Too many people are still struggling to find adequate housing in New Jersey — a troubling issue embodied by the Council on Affordable Housing’s chaotic 40-year existence, which has been marked by the passage of harmfully overreaching court rulings.

Sen. Kip Bateman said the Legislature should abolish COAH and enact common sense affordable housing reform that returns authority and flexibility to local municipalities. (

COAH regulations set forth by New Jersey courts have placed an undue tax burden on residents and crippled communities that have been forced to conform to one-size-fits-all mandates that ignore their unique needs. New Jersey has more inclusionary zoning requirements than any other jurisdiction in the country, according to a 2014 report by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Costly COAH fees have also harmed the economy by stymieing development and related job growth.

Just last week, the state Supreme Court again issued a troubling COAH ruling that state trial judges will now decide housing laws and quotas on a town-by-town basis. That decision will not fix our housing problem and stands to create expensive litigation and countless lawsuits.

What other state allows the courts to mandate to municipalities how much affordable housing to build and where it must go? It should be the legislature’s responsibility to develop statewide policies, not unelected members of New Jersey courts.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill Banning Sale, Production of Microbeads Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset) banning the sale or production of personal care products containing microbeads was signed into law by Governor Christie. The bill (S-2178) will protect New Jersey’s rivers, lakes, and drinking supplies from environmental damage and harmful contamination.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation banning the sale or production of personal care items containing microbeads has been signed into law. (©

Microbeads are small plastic particles that are added to products like face washes and cosmetic products to exfoliate. These tiny beads can become trapped in water filtration systems, ending up in rivers and lakes and contaminating the drinking supplies used by millions of New Jerseyans every day.

“By signing this bill into law, we are placing our state at the forefront of a national effort to eliminate the dangers this product poses to our environment and our water supply,” said Senator Bateman. “We have a responsibility to protect New Jersey residents from contamination and keep our state’s waterways clean and pristine. The only way to keep our drinking water safe and protect our beautiful rivers and lakes is to stop production and get these items off the shelves.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Encouraged by Consensus on Port Authority’s Core Mission

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following after Senate Democrats asked the Port Authority to sell billions of dollars worth of non-transportation-related real estate:

Sen. Tom Kean is encouraged by Democrats’ support for a key component of his Port Authority reform legislation — a provision prohibiting the Port Authority from spending any public dollars on anything but a core mission of transportation. (

“It’s encouraging that my Democrat colleagues are now echoing a key component of my comprehensive, common-ground reform legislation — a provision prohibiting the Port Authority from spending public dollars on anything but a core mission of quality mass transportation. It’s critical to note that the common-ground bill, S-2794, includes overdue transparency reforms while eliminating from the failed S-2181 onerous property provisions, which would have made it virtually impossible for the Port Authority to sell billions of dollars of non-transportation-related real estate.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Advances Kean’s E-Driver’s License & E-Insurance-Card Legislation

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The New Jersey Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to require the state Motor Vehicle Commission to study and make recommendations about implementing electronic driver’s licenses and mobile applications. The Senate also passed legislation to allow drivers to display electronic proof of automobile insurance.

The Senate approved Sen. Tom Kean’s bills allowing for the electronic display of proof of automobile insurance and studying electronic driver’s licenses. (©

“Whenever possible, people should be able to access and use government services and information in a convenient and efficient manner, whether that’s via social media or mobile apps,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “People are literally attached to their phones and devices, with many of us opting for mobile forms of payment, banking and credit.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Denounces Sprinkler Bill that Hurts Middle Class & Sandy Recovery

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Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) issued the following statement after voting against legislation (S-2316) that was advanced by the Senate to require new single- and two-family homes to have expensive fire sprinkler systems:

Sen. Robert Singer denounced the New Jersey Senate’s passage of an expensive new mandate to include fire sprinkler systems on new single- and two-family homes. (

“The people of New Jersey should each decide if this expensive measure is necessary in their own homes. Government should not decide how families spend their personal income or force them to spend thousands of dollars more for things in their homes.

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