Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen) expressed his disappointment and frustration today after the State Supreme Court ruled 4-3, that police officers must use a language that individuals understand when informing them of the consequences of refusing a breath test if they are suspected of driving under the influence.
“This is a ridiculous decision that flies in the face of common-sense. I will introduce legislation that reverses this absurd ruling and I will aggressively advocate for its swift passage.
Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex) introduced legislation today that would cap state spending at 2 percent annually. This legislation comes on the heels of the 2 percent property tax cap passed today by the Senate.
“It is very important that the state demonstrate the same fiscal restraint that we are asking of local and county governments and school boards,” Oroho stated. “All levels of government have been living beyond their means and taxpayers are the ones paying the price. We need to make decisions that make this state more affordable for families and more competitive for businesses.”
Senator Joseph Kyrillos (R-13) joined with Senate President Steve Sweeney as the prime sponsor of the 2 percent property tax cap bill that was passed by the Senate today. Senator Kyrillos is the sponsor of Governor Chris Christie’s original constitutional property tax cap.
Senator Kyrillos called the measure a “very significant, historic initiative” that would be watched by people across the country.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement today after the Senate passed a property tax cap. Under the bill, property tax increases would be capped at 2 percent annually with a limited number of exemptions, including voter override:
“New Jersey residents will finally have some predictability and control when it comes to their property tax bill. Giving voters a choice will help prevent another family from moving out or another business from closing due to rapidly escalating property taxes.
Senator Anthony Bucco, Republican Budget Officer, issued the following statement today after the Senate passed a 2 percent property tax cap:
“This legislation shows that New Jersey is headed in the right direction to help make this state affordable again for businesses and families.
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have introduced legislation aimed at convicting criminals who financially exploit senior citizens or disabled persons.
The 9th District Delegation issued the following joint statement regarding their new legislative initiative (S-2166/A-3080) to protect society’s most vulnerable citizens:
“After consulting with various government agencies, our Delegation has proudly introduced a comprehensive measure that would provide law enforcement with additional tools to convict criminals who prey upon seniors and the disabled. This legislation is specifically aimed at bringing to justice individuals who use a position of trust to commit theft by financially exploiting the most vulnerable members of our society.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and the Republican Caucus issued the following statement regarding Governor Chris Christie’s Saturday special session on property taxes in New Jersey:
“The Senate Republican Caucus welcomes the agreement between Governor Christie and the Legislature that will impose a 2.0 percent hard cap on property tax increases at every level of government. We also understand that a hearing and vote on the various ‘Toolkit’ legislation will take place in the late summer. This is good news for New Jersey residents who have been routinely subject to more than seven percent property tax increases over the past decade.”
All seventeen members of the Senate Republican Caucus came to Trenton today prepared to act on Governor Chris Christie’s permanent property tax relief package, but the Democratic Majority failed to show up.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Union) made the following statement on behalf of all seventeen members:
“The Democrats refused to show up today to fix our property tax crisis while families fight to stay in their homes. There is a real affordability crisis in New Jersey. We must act before another family moves out or another business closes.”
Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25), Republican Budget Officer, issued the following statement today:
“Senate Democrats should meet immediately to overhaul the fraudulent, loophole-laden property tax cap legislation they foisted on the public during Monday’s midnight session. Before the committee launches into discussion of other long overdue reforms, the first order of business should be for the Legislature to give an up or down vote on Governor Christie’s reasonable 2.5% property tax cap proposal.”
Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, expressed optimism today that the inequities inherent in the state school funding formula will be finally addressed during the special summer session on property taxes:
“I applaud Governor Christie for calling this special session to address high property taxes in New Jersey. New Jersey has the highest property taxes in the nation and we must address this issue immediately.