Republican Leader Tom Kean Urges Public to be Vigilant in Opposition to False Claims
The Corzine Administration has issued an announcement informing municipalities that an ill-advised and irresponsible pension gimmick is still being considered. (See attached document) Senator Kean urged opponents of the measure to remain vigilant.
Republican Deputy Senate Leader Diane Allen, District 7, is angry that the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority will stop issuing loans this year that allow college students to defer payments until after graduation.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) and Senator Jennifer Beck (R-12) again called on Governor Corzine to publicly detail the steps he has taken to deal with a budget deficit of at least $600 million. Despite the fact that the deficit is growing every day as revenue collections sputter, the Governor continues to sign new spending bills into law without saying what will be cut to pay for them. A $600 million planned budget surplus for the current year has already been impacted by a $1.2 billion revenue drop that has yet to be addressed.
A Two-Year Moratorium Will Give N.J. Families the Chance to Catch Their Breath as Taxes and Living Expenses Climb
To lighten the burden on New Jersey families struggling to make ends meet as the economy continues to slump, Senator Phil Haines, Assemblywoman Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblyman Scott Rudder have introduced legislation to freeze for two years any rate increases for public utilities operating in the state.
Senator Calls for Attorney General Investigation
Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) is looking into what can be done to protect philanthropic organizations from being exploited by unscrupulous “money managers” such as Bernard Madoff. He also called for the state Attorney General to pursue criminal charges and civil litigation if an investigation reveals that Madoff has stolen from charities and other investors in our state.
Editorial by Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt
Our Delegation recently spoke out against legislation (A-3490) introduced by a Mercer County State Legislator that seeks to consolidate all six municipalities on Long Beach Island into a single municipality without voter consent. We took issue with this proposal, not in opposition to consolidation or shared municipal services, but because it was yet another prime example of Trenton’s arrogance in dictating what is best for Ocean County, with little interest in the will of its people. Lest we forget the undermining strategy used to suppress the voice of residents by not scheduling any public hearings on the toll hike plan which is now in effect in the Shore area.
Christmas Eve Response to OPRA Budget Request Promised
There are only seven days left until Governor Jon Corzine reveals to the public what budget savings the administration will implement to offset $411 million in falling revenues over the last two months and $200 million in new spending.
Four Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee urged Governor Corzine to reopen the budget and make clear where he intends to cut spending. Their comments came after state Treasurer David Rousseau reported that revenue collections in October and November were $411 million below projections:
Senator Jennifer Beck, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding the failure of a bill that would have significantly strengthened New Jersey’s ethics laws. The bill, S-685 would end dual office holding.
Editorial by Tom Kean Jr.
Published in The Star-Ledger on Tuesday, December 16, 2008
New Jersey Republicans agree with Democrat Gov. Jon Corzine on two key points concerning the future of transportation in our state.
First, a swift and safe system of highways and mass transit is vital to our state’s economic vitality and the quality of life for millions of commuters. Second, transportation projects can play a crucial role in reviving an economy that’s been sputtering for the last six years.