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Tom Kean: Biden Bailout Saves Corzine Political Rally, Costs Taxpayers at Least $40 Million

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean responded to news reports that indicate Governor Jon Corzine’s decision to grant contract concessions will raise the cost of government for New Jersey taxpayers by tens of millions of dollars over the next few years. The sudden and unexpected concessions came, newspapers reported, after threats were made to picket a Corzine campaign “kickoff” where Vice President Joseph Biden was the keynote speaker. A final estimate of the costs will be made if and when the governor makes public the terms of the agreement, but the terms listed in news accounts suggest that the concessions will cost taxpayers at least $40 million, Kean said.

“Taxpayers should send a bill for $40 million to the Corzine campaign for the Biden bailout,” Kean said. “They should send another for the full amount if the governor ever releases a final, honest tally of these added expenses.”

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Your Tax $$$ at Work??? Part 3

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In our continuing effort to demonstrate the need for the Transparency in Government Act, which would require all New Jersey government spending to be made available and searchable on an easy to use public website, here is Part 3 of our series, Your Tax $$$ at Work?  In this series, we present examples of how government bureaucracy hides the wasteful spending of taxpayer funds.

Your Tax $$$ at Work? Part 3 – Paying State Employees Tuition Reimbursement for Classes that Have Nothing to Do with Their Jobs.

Attached are actual payment vouchers that were paid by the State of New Jersey to reimburse government employees for enrolling in college classes like Introduction to Music, Theater Appreciation and Chorus I.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Kevin O'Toole
Senator Steve Oroho

Senate, Assembly Republicans Offer Corzine a Plan to Save $783 Million

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Dozens of Choices the Governor Could Make to Create Jobs and Make New Jersey Affordable for the Middle Class

Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee have joined with their colleagues in the Assembly to prepare a blueprint for change that Governor Corzine can adopt to save taxpayers $783 million. These are ideas that will generate savings the governor can use to help businesses create desperately needed jobs or to return money to taxpayers crying out for help with their mounting bills during this recession.

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean: Corzine Must Say Whether He Traded Taxpayer Dollars for Biden’s Appearance

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Republican Senate Leader Tom Kean responded to a Star-Ledger report that said Governor Corzine hastily negotiated furlough concessions with public employee unions to avoid having Vice President Joseph Biden cancel an appearance at the official “kickoff” of the governor’s re-election campaign yesterday.

“It’s unbelievable that Governor Corzine weakened a plan he is counting on to help rescue the state from insolvency because a speaker might not come to his campaign rally,” Senator Kean said.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Corzine Needs to Level with the Taxpayers on the Terms of His $2 Billion Line of Credit

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Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the Corzine Administration’s choice of J.P. Morgan Chase bank to extend New Jersey a $2 billion line of credit:

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Senator Dawn Addiego

Addiego and Rudder Turn Up the Heat on Illegal Immigrants in NJ

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Lawmakers Will Introduce a Four-Bill Package of Immigration Reform

Assemblywoman Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblyman Scott Rudder are prepared to introduce a package of four bills that emphasize that illegal immigrants are persona non grata in New Jersey.

“If you want to come here and get your piece of the America Dream, you are going to have to follow the rules,” said Assemblywoman Addiego.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

New Jersey Must Work Harder to Reduce Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes

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The 12th District Legislators are distraught to find out that New Jersey had more anti-Semitic hate crimes in 2008 than any other state, according to a report by the Anti-Defamation League.

Although the number of incidents declined from 247 in 2007 to 238 in 2008, other states saw even more of a decrease.

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Assemblyman Brian Rumpf
Senator Chris Connors

Connors/Rumpf/Van Pelt Bill Would Establish Alzheimer’s Disease Study Commission

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblyman Daniel M. Van Pelt have introduced legislation to establish a 15-member Alzheimer’s Disease Study Commission.

The Commission’s duties would include, but not be limited to, studying the current impact and incidence of Alzheimer’s disease among residents and make projections on the future impact on the state’s population, study the state’s role in long-term care for persons with early stage and early onset of Alzheimer’s disease and consider the capacity of public safety and law enforcement to persons with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Red Bank Option Should Be Removed from Consideration for Mom Line

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The 12th District Legislators and local officials in Monmouth County are pleased to learn that NJ Transit has not made a final decision to run the Monmouth-Ocean-Middlesex rail line through Red Bank Borough, and join them in continuing to vehemently oppose the plan.

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Senator Dawn Addiego

Addiego and Rudder Sponsor Resolution to Keep Guantanamo Bay Prisoners Out of New Jersey

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An Assembly Resolution to prevent the relocation of detainees from Guantanamo Bay to New Jersey soil has been introduced by Assemblywoman Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblyman Scott Rudder.

“We want to lock the gates and keep these terrorists out of our state,” said Assemblyman Rudder. “We don’t want them. We don’t need them. And nothing good can come from having them here.”

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