Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande are pleased to announce the designation of the Red Bank Train Station as the “Daniel J. O’Hern Station – Red Bank, New Jersey,” named for Justice Daniel O’Hern, a Supreme Court Justice and former Mayor of Red Bank who dedicated his life to serving the people of the State of New Jersey.
“Daniel O’Hern was a man who saw service to others, not as a sacrifice, but as a privilege,” said Beck. “As a Red Bank resident, I am proud to count him among our honored citizens. The naming of the train station after him is befitting for a man who worked diligently to preserve and refurbish the station, even picking up a paintbrush himself, and ultimately leading to the Red Bank Train Station being placed on the National Historic Register.”
Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande are pleased that Governor Christie has signed into law a piece of legislation that appropriates $3.567 million from the Clean Waters bond fund for sewerage infrastructure improvements at the former Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital site.
According to the Department of Treasury report from July 2008, the primary treatment system, built in 1931, is currently being bypassed, and this facility does not meet the standards set by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for effluent limits. The report also states that there have been no improvements to the sewerage treatment facility since 1955, and due to the extent of the disrepair, the existing sewerage treatment plant would have to be replaced entirely.
Senator Jennifer Beck is extremely pleased to see obsolete statutes concerning the status of women repealed from New Jersey State Law.
“The repeal of this language signals how far we have come,” said Beck, a prime sponsor of the bill to repeal, “considering some of these law were originally put in place to serve as protection for women concerning property rights. Of course some of these statutes, can be viewed as absurd now, and in any century. I am happy to have joined Senator Weinberg in removing from New Jersey’s statutory framework these offensive and truly archaic laws.”
Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande are pleased to announce that Governor Christie has signed into law a bill designating the Route 36 Bridge spanning the Shrewsbury River as “Captain Joseph Azzolina Memorial Bridge.”
“I have always counted the Captain as a friend and mentor,” said Beck, who served under Azzolina during his time as an Assemblyman, “and I couldn’t be prouder to have been a prime sponsor of a bill that is paying him such tribute. Joseph Azzolina had a love and dedication to New Jersey and especially to the Bayshore area that was unmatched. He taught me what is means to be a legislator and what it is to dedicate ones self to public service. With the naming of this bridge, which overlooks Sandy Hook, connecting Sea Bright and the Highlands, the town of his childhood, his legacy will continue to live on for many generations to come.”
Employment Report Shows Six Straight Months of Private Sector Job Growth in New Jersey
Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) said that a string of positive employment reports showing sustained private sector job growth in New Jersey is proof that the common-sense approach to budgeting and tax policy employed by the Christie Administration is yielding results.
“Governor Christie and Republicans in the Legislature have maintained that the best way to create jobs in New Jersey is to lower the cost of government and create a stable environment for businesses that want to grow here,” said Oroho. “Our approach, which is working, stands in stark contrast to the massive increases in taxes and spending under past Democrat administrations that drove businesses and jobs from the Garden State in the last decade.”
Senator Diane Allen (R-7), the sponsor of S-972, which prohibits victims of sexual assault from being billed for forensic evidence collection (“rape kits”), issued the following statement in response to the legislation’s enactment:
“In no other crime are victims charged with the collection of evidence. We finally are going to protect rape victims in New Jersey from being forced to relive one of the most horrific moments of their lives. I applaud the Governor for signing this legislation.”
Beck, O’Scanlon & Casagrande: Sale of Perretti Farms Is a Sign of New Jersey Horseracing at Crossroads
Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande are saddened by the announcement of Perretti Farms, New Jersey’s largest breeder of standardbred horses, to sell their main farm operation, which makes up 400 acres of their 1,000 acre farm. The legislators remain hopeful that horseracing can continue to have a future in New Jersey with smart policies moving forward.
“I am very sad about the decision to sell Perretti Farms,” said Beck. “This is a real blow to the world-class harness racing hosted by our State, despite the recent successful transition to private management of both Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands. The Perretti’s will retain their stallions and some other horses, but will sell all their broodmares. If the business climate improves we are hopeful the remaining 600 acres could again we used for a breeding operation.”
State Agencies Serving Food Would Have to Feature and Encourage Use of “Jersey Fresh” Products
State agencies now have to feature and promote “Jersey Fresh” products in their eateries under a law signed today by Governor Christie that was sponsored by Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Senator Steve Oroho.
“Serving homegrown produce or baked goods at our state facilities sends a positive message about our state, supports local economies and helps preserve New Jersey’s farming heritage,” McHose, R-24, said. “When people eat at a New Jersey facility, they should have no doubt they’re in the Garden State with plenty of menu options featuring Jersey peaches, corn and tomatoes to choose from.”
Over $60 Million in Voter-Approved Funding to Help Local Communities Preserve Open Space
Two bills sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) that help local governments purchase farmland for preservation purposes were signed into law today.
“These lands are integral to maintaining the beauty and character of our state, maintaining jobs in the farming and agri-tourism sectors as well as supplying healthy, locally grown food options for families, ” Oroho stated. “This legislation will protect valuable open space while ensuring property owners receive fair market value for their land.”
12th District Legislators Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Caroline Casagrande today announced their opposition to the massive toll hikes proposed by the Port Authority.
“With so many of our own residents here in New Jersey unemployed, adding another undue burden, a 150% toll hike on working families is not the right course of action,” Beck said. “This is another battle in the fight for our State to remain an affordable place for our families. New Jersey has already lost residents who’ve left the State for more affordable places to live and another toll increase is counter-productive to New Jersey’s economic recovery.”