Connors, Rumpf & Van Pelt Disappointed by Governor’s Lack of Concern Over Immigrant Advisory Panel Recommendations
9th District Delegation Opposes Offering Driver’s Licenses & In-State Tuition to Illegal Immigrants
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblyman Daniel M. Van Pelt today expressed deep concern over the Governor’s ambivalence to the recommendations offered by his own Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel on Immigrant Policy, which including allowing the issuance of driver’s license for undocumented aliens as well as in-state tuition for foreign-born New Jersey students. In January, Connors, Rumpf and Van Pelt wrote the Governor urging him to reject these proposals after reports surfaced in the media that the Panel would be offering such recommendations.
Senators Oroho & Karrow Call On Corzine to Withhold Distressed Cities Aid Until Cost Savings Implemented
Senators Steve Oroho and Marcia Karrow, members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, called on the Corzine Administration to hold back any grants from the Special Municipal Aid Program until the intended recipients implement cost savings measures:
With profound sadness and grief, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement about the passing of his dear friend, Assemblyman Eric Munoz of Summit:
Panel of Senators Would Have Subpoena Power
Senators Joe Pennacchio and Bill Baroni are drafting legislation that would create a bipartisan commission to investigate the state’s handling of its depleted $59 billion pension system and come up with a plan to restore it to solvency. The Senate Resolution would create a bipartisan panel of senators with the power to issue subpoenas. That power would be used to compel testimony from government officials and investment advisers who have been reluctant or unwilling to talk openly about the state’s investment procedures or the $58 billion pension deficit and the threat it poses to taxpayers, retirees and government’s ability to pay for services.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement regarding Kathy Crotty’s retirement on behalf of the Senate Republican Caucus:
New Study Contradicts Flawed COAH Housing Projections
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, a member of the Senate Environment Committee, insisted today that the Corzine Administration immediately release the study on housing growth presented to the State Planning Commission by a Rutgers University expert. The Commission’s new study contradicts earlier projections by the Council On Affordable Housing (COAH) that are being used to justify huge increases in subsidized housing mandated by state laws and regulations adopted in the summer.
Pennacchio: 10 Reasons New Jersey Economy Is the Worst in the Region
Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris/Passaic) issued a top-ten list today of how a Governor Corzine and his allies in the Legislature have implemented policies to ensure that New Jersey has the highest Unemployment rate in the region. His penchant for raising taxes and increasing bureaucratic red tape, rather than cutting the cost of government, has cost New Jersey jobs:
From “Rendell poaching business from N.J.,” Newark Star-Ledger, July 6, 2008:
John Kaufman, chairman and CEO of International Battery, said he was looking to build a factory for lithium-ion batteries, which would create 240 jobs. With headquarters in northern Bergen County, he wanted to stay in New Jersey. “We got no support. We spoke to many state agencies. Nothing happened.” Kaufman said. “There’s no support here. Everybody’s too busy.” As his frustrations mounted, Kaufman said, one of his investors told him to check out Pennsylvania. “The state of Pennsylvania was terrific,” he said. “The governor’s action team is terrific. They work with you.” International Battery opened its plant in Allentown, PA in October. Kaufman also moved his corporate headquarters there, and kept only a small engineering operation in New Jersey. “New Jersey’s a great state,” he said. “But when government feels it’s bigger than its industry, government will fail.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean of Union County and Senator Joseph Kyrillos of Monmouth voiced their deep concern today after the state reported that New Jersey’s unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent in February from 7.3 percent in January. It is now higher than the national rate for the first time since October 2006, and is much higher than the rates posted recently by New York, Delaware and Pennsylvania. The Senators urged Governor Corzine to support long-delayed legislation that would help New Jersey create jobs and strengthen the state’s safety net for unemployed and underemployed workers.
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblyman Daniel M. Van Pelt all voted “No” on legislation (S-2577/A-3772) recently considered by both Houses of the State Legislature that would permit the conversion of age-restricted housing units to non-age-restricted housing units and would modify laws concerning affordable housing.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean took note of Governor Corzine’s decision to borrow money from the federal government to meet the critical, growing need for unemployment benefits. He also noted that the governor has proposed using diversions totaling $72 million from the State Disability Benefit Fund, the Workers’ Compensation Security Fund and the Unemployment Compensation Auxiliary Fund to balance the 2010 budget.