Senator Tony Bucco called on Governor Corzine to support sound, scientific wildlife management principles now that a black bear has been sighted just a few miles from the State House in downtown Trenton.
“Now that a 300 pound bear and her cub were reported roaming about in suburban Trenton, perhaps the governor will come out of hibernation and admit his black bear management policy is an abject failure,” Bucco stated. “The governor and the commissioner of the DEP must authorize a bear hunt to bring this dangerous situation under control.”
O’Toole’s Call for Congressional Investigation into Release of Lockerbie Bomber Receives International Attention
Senator Kevin O’Toole’s call for a congressional investigation into the controversial release of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi was covered this weekend by the London Daily Mail:
O’Toole’s remarks were cited in an article discussing a proposed British inquiry into the release of Megrahi, the only person convicted in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande will host a blood drive on Friday, October 2nd, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the American Red Cross, 1540 W. Park Avenue, Tinton Falls.
To make an appointment to donate blood, please call JoAnn Denton at 732-866-1695. If you have a question about donor eligibility, please call the donor health line at 1-866-236-3276.
Public Safety, Regional Economic Benefits Key Points of Discussion Raised by 9th District Delegation
Senator Christopher J. Connors and Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf met with Major General Glenn K. Rieth, the Adjutant General of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) regarding the training program being facilitated at the Warren Grove Gunnery Range to operate the Shadow 200 RQ-7 Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System, also referred to as drones or UAVs.
Senator Steve Oroho, R-Sussex and Hunterdon, said calls for a federal tax increase that would bleed a whopping $100 billion from investments in private sector job growth would be disastrous for the economy of New Jersey. Senator Oroho said Governor Corzine has both the experience and the connections to help prevent passage of this job-killing tax on every single securities transaction, including those made by struggling, undercapitalized pension funds.
“Governor Corzine knows that we need to steer vital capital to the businesses that will create the jobs of the future,” Senator Oroho said. “This tax would take money from private sector job creation and instead use it to expand government.”
O’Toole Calls on New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation to Demand Probe of Lockerbie Bomber’s Release
Terrorist Megrahi Killed 33 New Jersey Residents in Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103
Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) expressed outrage today at new reports that convicted Pan Am Flight 103 bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi may have been released from imprisonment by the Scottish government in exchange for favorable terms in a trade deal involving Libyan oil. O’Toole called on New Jersey’s congressional delegation to demand that an official inquiry be conducted by Congress to uncover the details of Megrahi’s release.
Legislation Introduced in ’08 Would Prohibit Lawmakers from Directing State Funds to Employer/Client
As former state Senator Joseph Coniglio was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison today for using his influence to direct over $1 million in state funding to Hackensack University Medical Center, Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, all R-Monmouth, said the latest incarceration of a corrupt politician demonstrates the urgency to address ethics reform.
Senator Joe Kyrillos, senior Republican member of the Economic Growth Committee, urged Governor Corzine to use his influence with his union supporters and liberal Democrat allies to stop a proposed tax on New Jersey’s financial services industry. Liberal Democrats and leaders of the AFL-CIO, reportedly angry at the surging profitability of some investment banks, want to impose a tax on every stock transaction in the nation.
“As former chief executive of a huge Wall Street banking firm and a securities trader, Governor Corzine knows that this proposed tax could have tremendous negative consequences for New Jersey’s financial services industry,” Senator Kyrillos said. “I urge him to speak out against this job-killing proposal.”
Senator Jennifer Beck, though confident that the trial of Joseph Coniglio was fair and just, expressed sadness as the former senator was sentenced to two and a half years in prison today. If Senate Bill 2315 had been the law, Senator Coniglio might have reconsidered taking the job with Hackensack University Medical Center that led to his conviction, Senator Beck said.
The bill would make it clear that no legislator can use his position to direct money to his employer, for any reason. Current law requires prosecutors to show during a lengthy trial that a legislator received a bribe or extorted money in return for securing grants for their employers.
COAH Proposes New Regulations to Create “RCA-Lite” for Favored Towns
Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) said that new regulations set to be adopted by the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) prove once again that the Corzine Administration lacks both direction and a coherent plan for managing development in New Jersey.
Under proposed regulations set to be adopted at its upcoming September 9 meeting, COAH will reincarnate a scaled-down version of the Regional Contribution Agreements (RCAs) that were banned when Governor Corzine signed A-500 into law. The proposed regulations allow for the creation of Regional Affordable Housing Development Planning Programs (RAHDPPs), essentially “RCA-lite,” which have guidelines that closely mirror those that governed RCAs.