The 12th District Legislators would like to voice their opposition to the plan to run the Monmouth-Ocean-Middlesex (MOM) rail line through the Borough of Red Bank.
“The MOM line was supposed to run from Ocean County through Middlesex County,” said Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, “hence its name. Western Monmouth County needs to be connected to a rail line, and the last thing Red Bank needs is more traffic being backed-up because of trains going right through the middle of the town.”
Voters in New Jersey, where property taxes have risen relentlessly every year of Governor Jon Corzine’s administration, are too smart to believe the governor’s wild campaign claims of tax relief, said state Senator Jennifer Beck and Assembly members Declan O’Scanlon and Caroline Casagrande, Republicans of District 12.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has responded to two letters prepared by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblyman Daniel M. Van Pelt regarding the ongoing investigation into tritium found at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station.
Senator Marcia Karrow (R-23, Warren and Hunterdon) and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean will co-sponsor legislation that aims to prevent any of the hundreds of terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba from being released in or transported through New Jersey. The resolution is designed to complement a similar Assembly resolution that Assemblyman Jay Webber introduced on May 21, with the backing of 30 other Republican members of the Assembly.
Senator Anthony Bucco, senior Republican on the Senate Law, Public Safety and Veterans’ Affairs Committee, said the shocking failure to notify the public of a Manhattan flyover of Air Force One and an F-16 fighter plane sadly shows New Jersey has every reason to question the Corzine administration’s ability to disseminate vital homeland security information.
The 12th District Legislators would like to voice their disappointment in and opposition to the decision of the Department of the Navy for its decision to permit the plan for the privatization of 300 housing-units on U.S. Naval Weapon Station Earle to continue unimpeded.
“This is a contract that the Navy never should have entered,” said Senator Jennifer Beck. “This is a high security facility and allowing unfettered access to non-military personnel is a big mistake.”
30 Members of the Judiciary Refuse to Take Furloughs
Senator Gerald Cardinale, the senior Republican Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding the refusal of 30 members of the judiciary to take a furlough:
“The refusal of 30 judges to take a furlough demonstrates how out of touch some members of the judiciary are with the people of New Jersey. Apparently, these judges either don’t understand or don’t care about the severity of New Jersey’s budget situation.
Senate Republican Whip Kevin O’Toole, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, said that Governor Corzine’s huge, proposed income tax increases will kill jobs in New Jersey, even if they are “temporary” measures, as the governor claims.
“Increasing taxes is the worst job creation strategy conceivable during a recession,” Senator O’Toole said. “High-income earners who have the resources to create jobs and new business will leave the state, and government will not be able to pick up the slack.”
Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande are proud to announce the unanimous passage of three bills by the State Senate awarding nearly $6 million in funding to 12th District municipalities for farmland and historic preservation purposes.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean decried the party-line vote that led to the passage of S-2828, a bill that lets school districts borrow from the state to make up for delays in payments of state aid. Governor Corzine has proposed this ill-advised and constitutionally suspect measure to give the appearance that the state has a balanced 2009 budget by moving expenses into a new year.