Americans for Prosperity has given their coveted “A” rating to Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris/Passaic).
The rating, based on a score card for the 2008-2009 Legislative Session, recognizes Senator Pennacchio for his efforts on behalf of New Jersey taxpayers.
Connors, Rumpf & Gove Call on Turnpike Authority to Purchase Little Egg Harbor Property for Park-N-Ride
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove (all R-Ocean/Burl./Atl.) have formally requested that the New Jersey Turnpike Authority purchase property in Little Egg Harbor to build a park-n-ride for commuting motorists.
The property the 9th District Delegation is calling on the Turnpike Authority to acquire is located in proximity to Garden State Parkway Exit 58 off of Route 539. This same property was recently sought as a site for a solid waste transfer station, but it was announced this week that the application to build the proposed facility has been withdrawn.
Package of Bills Will Include Medical Malpractice Reforms
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-12) announced today that she is drafting legislation that will help prevent a critical shortage of physicians in New Jersey. A two-year study by the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals concluded that the state will have an unprecedented shortfall in the number of doctors over the next decade, in part because of the state’s medical malpractice insurance laws.
“It is vital that we act now to ensure that every New Jerseyan will have access to care,” Beck said. “We need policies that will ensure we train and retain enough doctors to prevent the quality of care from deteriorating in our state.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco and Senator Kevin O’Toole issued the following comments regarding the announcement by Senate President Steve Sweeney that pension and benefits reform would be a top priority.
“My colleagues and I are all-too-aware that the pensions and benefits systems are unsustainable at the current time,” Kean stated “This effort will build on the bipartisan cooperation on pension reform that was successful in the last legislative session. It is vital that we complete the process of identifying and implementing necessary reforms to ensure that rank and file employees’ retirement funds are safeguarded.”
Connors, Rumpf & Gove New Committee Assignments Will Allow Delegation to Effectively Represent District
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have been officially notified by the Legislative Leadership of their committee assignments for the 2010-2011 Legislative Session.
Senator Connors will be retaining his seat on the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee, which will have a new Chairman for the Legislative Session. Senator Connors will also be serving on the newly created Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano, all R-Sussex, Morris, and Hunterdon, today hailed news from the Christie administration that certain income tax hikes enacted under former Governor Jon Corzine and the Democrat-controlled Legislature have sunset.
“The fact that these onerous tax increases on income have sunset is welcome news for a state whose population has been inundated with taxes for the past eight years,” said Oroho. “Reducing taxes and cutting spending will help make New Jersey competitive again in attracting new businesses and spurring job growth.”
Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding Governor Chris Christie’s Executive Order banning most unfunded state mandates.
Doherty stated, “Governor Christie took an important first step towards lowering New Jersey’s highest in the nation property taxes with an Executive Order banning unfunded state mandates. For far too long Trenton politicians and bureaucrats have ignored the clear intent of state statute and inundated local government with expensive and arbitrary unfunded mandates.”
State Psychiatric Hospitals, Developmental Centers and Veterans’ Memorial Homes Will Be Affected
A bill sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) that requires employee drug testing at state psychiatric hospitals, developmental centers and veterans’ memorial homes was recently signed into law.
“Residents in these facilities are reliant on others to take care of their most basic human needs, Allen stated. “It is only common sense that staff must be prepared and alert to perform these vital responsibilities. Requiring employees to undergo drug testing is a reasonable step and should be expected.”
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) was the prime sponsor of a new law that requires each four-year institution of higher education to provide information on graduation rates, costs, faculty and other important facts on its website.
“College is so expensive that most parents can’t afford to make mistakes when choosing where to send their children,” Senator Allen said. “This bill will help both parents and students make better choices about where to spend their precious educational dollars.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said he is pleased by executive orders that Governor Chris Christie signed today to revive the state’s economy, help businesses create jobs, and bring refreshing openness and accountability to government.
“These steps show that New Jersey citizens have chosen well and voted in a man of character and decisiveness,” Senator Kean said.
“On his first day on the job, Governor Christie used his first executive orders to take absolutely critical steps to get New Jersey’s economy moving and create jobs,” Senator Kean said. “He showed we have a governor who will pay more than lip service to openness and accountability in government.”