Senator Michael J. Doherty (R – Warren) today issued the following statement regarding the death of Assemblyman Peter Biondi:
“I extend my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Assemblyman Peter Biondi. Pete Biondi was a highly respected legislator who always looked out for the interests of his constituents. More importantly, he was an outstanding family man and friend, and was loved by all who knew him. The Garden State has lost one of its finest. He will be sorely missed.”
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R- 16) today issued the following statement regarding the passing of Assemblyman Peter Biondi:
“It is hard to imagine serving the people of the 16th District without Peter Biondi by my side. Pete was more than a great legislator, he was a good friend. He always put service to our constituents ahead of politics and partisanship, and constantly reminded us that legislators could disagree in the State House while maintaining respect for one another. His presence will be sorely missed in all of our lives, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the Biondi family.”
Senate Republican leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) today issued the following statement mourning the death of Assemblyman Peter Biondi:
“Rhonda and I extend our deepest condolences to the Biondi family. Pete was an effective legislator and a warm, gregarious man who reminded us all not to let our political differences stand in the way of working together for the people of New Jersey. He will be missed by all of us in the State House.”
Senator Kevin O’Toole, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following comments regarding the promotions of Lee Solomon and Robert Hanna:
“Lee Solomon has done an exceptional job at the BPU. His wisdom and judgment will be welcome as he returns to the Superior Court.
Addiego Bill Authorizing Green Job Certification Programs in County Colleges and Vocational Schools Signed Into Law
Legislation sponsored by Senator Dawn Addiego (R-8) that authorizes county colleges and county vocational school districts to enter into one or more partnerships with private entities to develop and establish green job certification programs was signed into law today.
“In order for New Jersey to attract businesses that are in the green industry, such as wind, solar and biofuels, we need to demonstrate that New Jersey is an attractive and viable site for the location of such industries and that we have a trained and educated workforce, ” Addiego stated. ”
Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden) today submitted a Senate resolution that, if passed, would allow voters to decide whether to amend the New Jersey Constitution to apply pension and benefits reforms to members of the Judiciary.
“As I’ve said from the beginning, if the Court’s interpretation of the state Constitution prohibits the reforms we passed to save the pension system from applying to judges, then the Constitution needs to be changed,” said Allen. “It is not too much to ask that the Judiciary pays its fair share toward retirement benefits and healthcare costs just like every other public worker, especially since judges by far have the most lavish benefits of any other public employee.”
Senator Michael Doherty, A members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, announced today that he will hold a town hall meeting on the “fair school funding” plan. The town hall meeting will be held Monday, November 14, at 7:00 p.m. in The Stable 259 North Maple Avenue Ridgewood
The Senate Republican Caucus today met to elect its leadership team for the 2012-2013 legislative session. Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R- 21), will serve as Republican Leader, with Senator Diane Allen (R- 7) serving as Deputy Republican Leader.
Rounding out the caucus’s leadership team is Senator Kevin O’Toole (R- 40), Republican Whip, Senator Robert Singer (R- 30), Conference Chairman, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R- 16), Deputy Conference Chairman, and Senator Anthony Bucco (R- 25), the caucus’s Budget Officer. All leaders were elected unanimously.
With final elections tallies in, 9th District Legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove received the highest vote totals of any State Legislative candidate in either House for this year’s General Election.
According to election results provided by the New Jersey Division of Elections, Senator Connors received 31,601 votes while Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove received 30,494 and 29,493 votes, respectively.
Nearly a Week After Snow Storm, Many Residents Remain Without Power
Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) has called for hearings to investigate why thousands of JCP&L customers remain without power nearly a week after service was disrupted by the October 29 snow storm that hit New Jersey. According to information released by JCP&L on Friday, nearly 15,000 of its customers remain in the dark six days after the storm passed.
“Following the lengthy outages that plagued thousands of state residents as a result of Hurricane Irene in August, New Jersey utilities had pledged to develop better response plans for future storms,” said Bateman. “With thousands of JCP&L customers still in the dark nearly a week after the season’s first snow storm, it appears that at least one utility has failed to respond as customers were promised. I intend to make sure that we find out why.”