Senator Steve Oroho, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the state of New Jersey’s economy:
“The testimony that the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee heard today was beyond sobering. New Jersey has reached the tipping point and it is clear that New Jersey’s economy is in such sad shape on so many fronts that our prosperity is endangered.
Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39) issued the following statement following published reports that $22 million in bonuses were paid to private investment firms that failed to meet performance benchmarks while managing a portion of New Jersey’s investment portfolio:
Senate Committee Advances Connors, Rumpf & Van Pelt Bill Authorizing Towns to Offer Free Beach Badges to Military Personnel
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblyman Daniel M. Van Pelt that would allow municipalities to provide free or reduced fee beach badges to active military and New Jersey National Guard personnel, as well as their spouses and children over the age of 12, was favorably released today by the Senate Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee.
Workers Who Maintain Lake May Lose Their Jobs
Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) has introduced legislation to protect New Jersey’s largest freshwater lake and the workers who help maintain it. His bill would create the Lake Hopatcong Commission Fund to preserve and maintain Lake Hopatcong in northwest New Jersey. Passage of the bill would help generate tourism dollars at no extra cost to taxpayers.
Senator Diane Allen (R-7) has introduced two legislative initiatives to assist military members and their families. The first bill would provide unemployment benefits for certain spouses of National Guard members, while the second would assist children who transfer schools due to a military parent’s reassignment or deployment.
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman a member of the Senate Environment Committee introduced legislation that would overhaul and reform New Jersey’s decades-old affordable housing law.
Governor Corzine Should Reconsider Republican Proposal for Sales Tax Holiday
Assemblywoman Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblyman Scott Rudder expressed disappointment that Governor Corzine’s economic proposal, outlined today in a speech to a joint session of the Legislature, appears to provide little in the way of immediate relief for middle class families struggling to make ends meet.
Senator Gerald Cardinale, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, issued the following response to Governor Corzine’s speech today:
“Governor Corzine doesn’t get it. He recognizes that the patient is ill, but instead of penicillin he would make the patient sicker. What makes our state’s economic crisis worse is that he and his legislative allies have, for years, spent beyond our means.
Would Help Organizations Fight Unfunded State Mandates
Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-7), that would expand the list of organizations that can appeal unfunded state mandates, was unanimously passed by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee today.
Award Given to Those Who Advance Economic and Environmental Causes
Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen) was named Outstanding Legislator of the Year by one of New Jersey’s leading economic growth and environmental advocacy organizations. The New Jersey Society for Environmental, Economic Development (NJ SEED), which advocates on behalf of issues that improve the state’s economic environment while maintaining protection of its physical environment, presented the award to Senator O’Toole yesterday during an awards ceremony.