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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Lauds Jury Conviction in Hometown Officer’s Murder

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Senator Robert Singer (R-30) praised a jury conviction today of Jahmell Crockam, who killed Lakewood Police Officer Christopher Matlosz in the line of duty last year.

“This cold-blooded tragedy took a 27-year-old hero from his family, friends and our community,” said Singer, a Lakewood resident. “This morning, justice was properly served for Chris and his loved ones.”

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District 9

Committee Advances Connors, Rumpf & Gove Bill to Protect Privacy Rights of Accident Victims & Their Families

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Legislation sponsored by 9th District Legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would make it a crime of the fourth degree for any first responder who takes one or more photographs or electronic images, or makes a video recording of an accident victim without prior written consent was passed by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

Senator Connors is the prime sponsor of the legislation (S-199) in the Senate, while Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove have joined as cosponsors on the companion bill (A-789).

Senator Chris Connors testifying in support of S-199 before the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee on February 16, 2012.

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Kyrillos: “Caruso Elementary School Construction Projects to Move Forward”

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Senator Praises Inclusion in Christie Administration’s 2012 SDA Project Portfolio

Construction projects designed to address critical educational needs at the John C. Caruso Elementary School in Keansburg will be moving forward under the Christie Administration’s 2012 Schools Development Authority (SDA) project portfolio, Senator Joe Kyrillos said today.

Kyrillos praised the Administration’s decision to include Keansburg in its second round of SDA-funded construction projects, noting the Governor’s steadfast commitment to cleaning up financial mismanagement at the beleaguered agency.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Praises Governor for Adding Phillipsburg H.S. to SDA’s 2012 Project Portfolio

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Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) praised the decision by Governor Chris Christie to include the long-planned construction of a new Phillipsburg High School as one of twenty capital school construction projects that will move forward as part of the 2012 project portfolio of the Schools Development Authority (SDA).

“The announcement by Governor Christie today is recognition that the children of Phillipsburg are not being served by current school facilities that are overcrowded and in need of major repair,” said Doherty. “The people of Phillipsburg have worked extremely hard on their plan for a new high school, so I’m pleased by the Governor’s decision, especially considering the many other deserving school districts that did not have projects chosen.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Praises Award of County Recycling Enhancement Grant to Morris County

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Senator Anthony R. Bucco (R- Morris/Somerset) today said he is pleased with the Christie Administration’s award of $259,600 in County Recycling Enhancement Grant Act funds to Morris County.

“Recycling Enhancement grants are an important means of preserving the financial viability of county-wide and municipal recycling programs,” Bucco said. “Encouraging participation in recycling programs is all about convenience for the consumer, and grants such as this one help Morris County and its municipalities provide superior service to residents and business owners.”

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Senator Jim Holzapfel

Holzapfel Supports Governor’s Call for Constitutional Amendment on Bail Reform

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Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10), a member of the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee, announced his support for Governor Chris Christie’s proposal to modify the right to bail through an amendment to the New Jersey Constitution. Holzapfel, a former county prosecutor, has long supported reforms to prevent violent criminals from having the opportunity to continue preying on the public.

“Anyone who has worked in law enforcement or the courts knows that we have a virtual revolving door for violent offenders who are arrested, charged and released back to the streets where they often commit more crimes before they reach trial,” said Holzapfel. “Governor Christie is 100 percent right that we need to provide judges the discretion to deny bail to those who are most likely to threaten public safety before trial.”

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Senator Joe Kyrillos
Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio and Kyrillos Submit Resolution Urging White House to Reverse Contraception Mandate for Religious Organizations

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Senators Joseph Pennacchio and Joe Kyrillos have formally submitted for the Senate’s consideration a resolution urging the Obama Administration to reverse its controversial health care mandate that would force Catholic institutions to violate their beliefs and pay for birth control.

“The so-called accommodation announced by the White House last week changes nothing, as Catholic hospitals and charities would still be forced to underwrite the cost of providing medical services that violate their beliefs,” said Pennacchio (R- Morris/Essex/Passaic). “This is a violation of a founding principle of this country that guarantees religious freedom and liberty to all creeds irrespective of the majority’s opinion about their beliefs.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove to Hold “Meet Your Legislators” Event for Galloway and Port Republic Constituents on 2/21

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove, will hold a “Meet Your Legislators” event on Tuesday, February 21 to meet with constituents from Galloway and Port Republic. Both towns became part of the 9th Legislative District following last year’s legislative redistricting.

The 9th District Legislators offered the following remarks regarding the scheduled event:

“The purpose of this event is to provide our delegation with the opportunity to meet and speak with our new constituents. To more effectively represent our district, we have always actively solicited input from constituents on those issues most important to them.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty to Present “Fair School Funding” Plan to Morris County School Boards Assn. on 2/16

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Education Committee, announced today that he will present his “Fair School Funding” plan to the Morris County School Boards Association at a meeting in Montville on Thursday, February 16.

The Senator has proposed a new school funding formula that is fair and equitable to all students in the state – urban, suburban and rural. The new formula would be implemented by a constitutional amendment that would have to be approved by voters.

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale: Gay Marriage Bill Actually Is About “Marriage”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39) voted Monday against legalizing gay marriage, calling for the centuries-old tradition of marriage between a man and woman to be preserved.

“Throughout human history, marriage has been a term used to describe a specific human relationship – the union of humans of different genders,” Cardinale said.

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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

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Joe Kyrillos

District 13

Steven Oroho

District 24

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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