Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R- Somerset/Morris) issued the following statement supporting Governor Christie’s veto of new affordable housing legislation:
“As the original sponsor of legislation to end the failed Council on Affordable Housing, I was appalled the Legislature approved a new affordable housing boondoggle even worse than the current system.
“The Governor’s conditional veto and proposed remedies stand firmly on the side of the hundreds of municipalities that would be massively burdened by the amended version of S-1 that was passed by the Legislature.
Senator Jennifer Beck and Assembly members Declan O’Scanlon and Caroline Casagrande (all R- Monmouth/Mercer) issued the following statement in support of Governor Christie’s conditional veto of new affordable housing regulations:
“S-1, as amended and passed by the Legislature, was even worse than current COAH regulations. The Governor did a service to every municipality in New Jersey by conditionally vetoing this bill and offering real solutions to our state’s affordable housing nightmare.
State Senator Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth/Mercer) spoke earlier today at the Red Bank Senior Center to help educate seniors on the need to protect themselves from fraud.
Senator Beck said that seniors are often targeted for scams and identity theft that can have severe financial consequences.
No Public Official’s Salary Would Be Able to Exceed the Governor’s
Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, introduced legislation, S-2644, this week that caps public salaries at the Governor’s salary. Currently the Governor’s salary is $175,000 per year.
“This is common-sense legislation that, quite frankly, is long overdue,” Doherty began. “The Governor of New Jersey runs a multi-billion dollar enterprise and is responsible for a workforce of more than 70,000 employees and a population of nearly nine million.”
Memorial Envisioned by Senator Kyrillos Inducts 56th Member
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement today regarding the inductees of the 2011 class into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Senator Kyrillos was a prime sponsor of the legislation that established the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2005.
“The New Jersey Hall of Fame honors the men and women who played a critical role in the development of the State and the Nation,” Kyrillos said. “There have been so many mile stones in the state including the first baseball game and the first football game, the workshop of the world’s most prolific inventor, not to mention the turning point of the American Revolution. That there are literally too many distinguished New Jerseyans to list only underscores the need for a Hall of Fame dedicated to our past accomplishments to inspire our children to achieve great things.”
Task Force to Study Needs and Challenges of Older Workers
Legislation sponsored by Senators Sean T. Kean (R-11) and Diane Allen (R-7) that recognizes the increasing importance of senior citizens in the state’s labor force has been approved by the Senate Labor Committee.
The measure, S-2117, creates the “New Jersey Senior Labor Task Force” to study, evaluate and make recommendations to address the challenges and barriers that seniors face when they remain in or enter the workforce.
Continuing her efforts to bring transparency and accountability to state finances, Senator Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth/Mercer) today lauded approval by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee of S-103, a measure to require information on federally funded transportation projects be published on the internet:
“In an era of runaway government spending, state officials must be pro-active in letting the public know how every dollar, regardless of its source, is being spent, ” said Senator Beck. “Federal dollars for transportation and infrastructure improvements are paid for by New Jersey taxpayers just the same as a local road, bridge, or school house- and the public has a right to expect that information on these projects is readily and easily accessible. In the internet era, there is no excuse for this information not to be available at the click of a mouse.”
Legislation co-sponsored by Senators Steve Oroho (R- Sussex/Morris/Hunterdon), Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth/Mercer), and Sean Kean (R- Monmouth), reforming the salary structure for employees of independent state and local authority has been reported favorably out of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.
S-2044 would cap salaries of high ranking authority executives, limit cash outs of unused sick leave, require minimum employee contributions for health benefits, and prohibit bonus compensation, among other reforms.
The following remarks were delivered by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee during its consideration of S-1872, the Opportunity Scholarship Act:
Thank you, Chairman Sarlo, and thank you to Senator Ray Lesniak, my partner in this fight.
Those of us from across the ideological spectrum who support this bill see a shared characteristic of every chronically failing school in every troubled district:
That they were not broken in a day, and they cannot be fixed overnight.
Solving problems that have snowballed over many years requires the sort of big ideas and big reforms that take time to achieve.
Responding to concerns raised by the Barnegat Township Governing Body, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have contacted the state about expediting planned safety modifications for the Route 9-Barnegat Boulevard Intersection.
In a letter written to New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner James Simpson, the 9th District Legislators made the following remarks:
“Through this communication our Delegation is urging the Department of Transportation (DOT) to take all necessary measures in order to expedite safety modifications needed at the Route 9 and Barnegat Boulevard North intersection. This urgent request is being sent on behalf of the Governing Body of Barnegat Township which continues to be deeply concerned over safety issues associated with the traffic signal and traffic design of the intersection.