Pope Francis’s historic trip to Philadelphia is expected to draw more than one million people to the city next week, generating $500 million in tourism and business revenue. Tourists travelling into town for the papal event, as well as regular NJ Transit commuters should expect delays and be prepared to adhere to new protocols. A limited number of advance rail tickets are available here. The following report, provided by NJ Transit, outlines the changes customers can expect during next week’s events. PATCO riders may also experience delays and schedule changes. Click here for more information.
As legislative Democrats continue their redundant hearings to delay bipartisan, bi-state bill to reform the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Assistant Senate Republican Leader Joe Pennacchio renewed his call for bipartisan, bi-state reform of the long-troubled Delaware River Port Authority, which is the subject of an ongoing federal criminal investigation.
“Democrat leaders in Trenton need to explain to people why they are ignoring a bi-state, bipartisan reform bill for the hard-working families and commuters who rely on the DRPA services,” said Pennacchio, a veteran Transportation Committeeman. “Our constituents need enhanced oversight, accountability and transparency for the DRPA just as much as they do for the PANYNJ.”
Pennacchio classified yesterday’s PANYNJ legislative committee hearing as just another example of New Jersey Democrats wanting the issue of PANYNJ reform to try to hurt the Christie administration, instead of them wanting to be a part of the solution by passing legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean, which has already passed in New York.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) offered the following statement calling on FEMA to extend the current deadline of Monday, September 15th for Superstorm Sandy insurance appeals:
“We stand with the entire New Jersey Congressional Delegation to ask that the deadline to appeal Superstorm Sandy insurance claims be extended three months, to December 15. Victims of Sandy, many of whom we represent in our legislative districts, need more time to compile documents for FEMA review.
With Concept in Place, Project Moves Into Design and Engineering Phase
Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande issued a statement praising Congressman Chris Smith’s efforts to obtain federal funding to widen Rt. 66 in Neptune, NJ.
“I’m pleased and thankful to see the Rt. 66 widening project moving forward. Congressman Smith deserves credit for shining light on this long-standing issue with the federal government. For too often, my constituents have been stuck in traffic on a road that has far more growth and traffic than was expected when built in the 1940s. With this rapid growth, the need for road improvements become more critical. I’m happy that the first steps are being taken to correct this problem. After more than a decade of planning, residents who use Rt. 66 daily are elated this project is moving forward” said Senator Beck.
Bateman, Ciattarelli & Simon Congratulate Hillsborough, Again Named One of Top Small Towns in United States
Sen. Kip Bateman, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon, all R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex commended the residents, businesses and elected officials of Hillsborough after Money magazine tabbed the township as one of the best places to live in the country. Hillsborough, ranked No. 30, is the only New Jersey town in Money’s newly released Top 50 list. This is the fourth time in recent years the town has been spotlighted by the publication.
“Being recognized again as one of the Best Small Towns in the country is an incredible achievement for Hillsborough and all those who work so hard to make it a wonderful place,” said Bateman. “From its first-rate schools to its parks to its thriving community life, Hillsborough is an example of the many unique qualities that make this state so great.”
Speaking as the legislative representatives of one of the hardest hit areas by Superstorm Sandy, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove praised the enactment of legislation that will provide assistance to Sandy victims still involved in the recovery and rebuilding process.
Under the recently enacted law, applicants of Sandy assistance programs will be provided with a personal timeline establishing a general estimation of when an applicant can expect to receive assistance. This would apply to the applicants seeking funding from the Low- and Moderate-Income Program (LMI), in addition to the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation Program (RREM) and Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program (TBRA), and the Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency.
Quarterly goals for distributing Superstorm Sandy aid will be established under the newly enacted law. In addition, the state is now required to develop and maintain an Internet website or webpage providing information concerning recovery and rebuilding programs.
Senator Tom Kean joined Garden State craft brewers on a tour of Cape May Brewing Company’s new facilities to promote his three now-bipartisan jobs bills that would help expand opportunities for New Jersey’s brewing, agriculture, tourism, restaurant, retail, and transportation industries.
“I’m proud to have the support of New Jersey’s brewpubs, microbreweries and farmers in pushing this timely legislation to help grow multiple sectors of New Jersey’s economy and create new employment and tourism opportunities,” Kean said. “These three bills will draw more people to our attractions and eliminate prohibitions on how breweries can open, develop and expand. They will double-up on the vast successes of my bipartisan brewing legislation that was enacted in 2012.”
Kean: Extraordinary Maroon 5 Attendance Proves A-List Legislation Would Establish AC as Premier Entertainment Destination
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said that extraordinary attendance at Maroon 5’s Atlantic City beach concert proves that his bipartisan jobs and economic growth legislation, S-2721, is needed to help establish Atlantic City as a premier entertainment destination.
“The extraordinary attendance and revenue figures from Sunday’s Maroon 5 concert proves that we should immediately pass S-2721 that would repeatedly and consistently draw A-List performers to New Jersey,” Kean said. “The more than 50,000 fans who paid to see A-List performer Maroon 5 give us a glimpse of how Atlantic City can transform into a premier entertainment destination, drawing tourists from the most-densely populated northeast corridor; two of America’s largest cities that are less than two hours away; and from around the world via nearby international airports. With S-2721, Sunday’s results wouldn’t be an exception. They would be the rule.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer protecting consumers who fall victim to identity theft from debt collection was passed by the full Senate.
“Victims of identity theft can be buried in thousands of dollars of debt from fraudulent purchases before they even realize they have been victimized,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “This legislation makes sure victims of identity theft have a means to restore their lives and avoid the financial ruin of wrongly being tied to debt caused by fraud and no fault of their own.”
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) introduced a bipartisan resolution urging the President and Congress to designate the 9/11 Memorial Museum as a “national memorial.”
“As the 14th anniversary of our nation’s darkest day approaches, we must ensure that as many people as possible have access to the 9/11 Memorial Museum that honors the thousands of our loved ones, friends and neighbors who tragically lost their lives and put their lives on the line for America during and after these terrorist attacks,” Kyrillos said. “As it is, the Memorial Museum is cost prohibitive for the average family, which is being charged more than $100 for a tour. This museum symbolizes our prevailing freedom, resilience against terrorism and gives hope for a brighter future. It is incumbent upon our federal government to designate this as a national memorial — and allow access that is on par with other national attractions in Washington — due to the far-reaching impact 9/11 has had on Americans, how it has united our nation, how it has revealed so many heroes and heroines to save and fight for our fellow citizens and country.”