Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) will introduce legislation to give Burlington City the power to decide whether or not dredge spoils can be dumped on Burlington Island, which has been long-controlled by the people of Burlington.
“This is one of the jewels of the Delaware River, and we want to preserve it,” Senator Allen said. “We’re working with a number of groups, including the Board of Island Managers, to ensure that city residents continue to have the final call on what happens at Burlington Island.”
Beck Writes to State Law Enforcement & Military Officials to Halt Navy Plans to Open NWS Earle Housing to Civilians
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) has sent formal correspondence to Governor Christie, Colonel Rick Fuentes of the New Jersey State Police, Brigadier General Michael Cunniff of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and Director Chris Rodriguez of the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security to enlist their assistance in halting the Department of Defense’s plan to allow civilians to reside on the active Naval Weapons Station Earle base.
“I am opposed, in the strongest possible terms, to the Navy’s plan allowing members of the general public to utilize Naval Weapons Earle housing. The current proposal is a dangerous one, and I will fight tirelessly against it,” said Beck. “The Department of Defense must abandon this proposal and ensure our area’s safety. Our Congressman, Chris Smith, is asking for a meeting with senior Navy officials on this proposal and I formally requesting that the State of New Jersey put its resources behind the effort to block this risky proposal from seeing the light of day.”
Allen to Introduce Bills to Permanently Lower Speed Limits in School Zones; Increase Penalties for Speeding
Legislation follows death of pedestrian 10th grader killed on Route 130 by Burlington City High School
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) will introduce a three-bill package to reduce speed limits in school zones, including Route 130, and increase penalties for drivers who put students at risk.
The legislation follows the death of Antwan Timbers Jr., a Burlington City High School tenth grader who was killed when he was struck by a car while walking along Route 130.
“More than 1,000 students each day cross Route 130 – one of the deadliest highways in the state for pedestrians,” Senator Allen said. “They are still in danger long after the speed limit reverts back at 4 p.m. After school activities require many kids to cross ‘death highway’ in the dark on their way home. We cannot lose another child the way we lost Antwan. Permanently reducing speed limits in school zones and holding drivers accountable for their dangerous behavior are the best way to save lives.”
23 Cent/Gallon Gas Tax Increase Takes Effect in Two Weeks
Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) will join as a co-prime sponsor of legislation to repeal the 23 cent per gallon gas tax increase that is set to take effect on November 1st.
The repeal legislation was announced by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) immediately following the Governor’s approval of the gas tax increase on Friday.
“I fought against the gas tax increase every step through the legislative process, and I’ll continue fighting against it now that’s it been signed into law,” said Doherty. “We’re not spending the gas taxes we already collect wisely, so it’s not fair to ask drivers to pay more.”
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove announced plans to introduce legislation to provide for a gross income tax deduction on fuel taxes paid by motorists for their personal vehicles.
Under the 9th District delegation’s proposal, the gross income deduction would be capped at $1,000 for 2016 and then increased to $2,000 for 2017.
Connors, Rumpf and Gove issued the following statement regarding their tax-credit proposal:
“From day one, our delegation vehemently opposed increasing the gas tax. In representing the interests our constituents, we voted ‘NO’ when the gas tax increase bill was presented on the floor of our respective houses for a final vote. Needless to say, we are extremely disappointed that the Governor signed the legislation.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean, Monmouth) to find new ways to promote and improve New Jersey’s tourism destinations was advanced by the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee.
“New Jersey has the attractions and facilities it needs to draw in people from across the country and around the world. We have the best beaches, amazing amusement parks and some absolutely world class sporting facilities,” Senator Singer said. “But to grow our tourism economy we need more than just nice attractions. We need to promote our state for things like convention and agricultural tourism. If we take a closer look, I think we’ll be able to show people that we are more than just a great place to spend your summer vacation.”
Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) said that state policies governing the hunting and management of black bears in New Jersey should be based on wildlife science determined by the experts at the New Jersey Fish and Game Council, and not by politicians in Trenton.
“Hunting is an important part of the comprehensive set of bear management tools that the state employs to maintain a healthy bear population and minimize nuisance interactions with people and property,” said Oroho. “Banning bear hunting in New Jersey will only lead to an increase in nuisance bear incidents around our homes and families.”
According to New Jersey’s Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy, the Fish and Game Council makes decisions on whether or not to hold a hunting season, season lengths, bag limits and the manner of take after considering scientific data presented to it by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW).
Bills creates a task force to study technology and other methods that could be used to limit or stop telemarketing harassment and intimidation
Legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to protect consumers from harassment by telemarketers was advanced by the Senate Economic Growth Committee.
“Due to advances in technology and approaches used by companies to skirt the rules of ‘Do-Not-Call’ laws, consumers are open to a constant barrage of calls from telemarketers they don’t want to hear from,” Senator Beck said. “Now people are getting these kinds of calls on their cellphones, which is even more intrusive and annoying than calls to landlines. We need to review what kinds of methods are available to us that can be used to fight this growing problem.”
The following editorial by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) on the need for economic growth in the Highlands Region was published by the Asbury Park Press on October 15, 2016:
The Asbury Park Press’s editorial “Highlands Act needs to be saved” opposed easing development restrictions in the Highlands region with an argument that read: “The (Highlands) law is not designed to balance those (environmental) protections against the need to continue promoting economic growth across the region.”
That statement, simply, is incorrect. One would only have to read three paragraphs into the Highlands Act to come across the following:
“The Legislature further finds and declares that the New Jersey Highlands provides a desirable quality of life and place where people live and work; that it is important to ensure the economic viability of communities throughout the New Jersey Highlands; and that residential, commercial, and industrial development, redevelopment, and economic growth in certain appropriate areas of the New Jersey Highlands are also in the best interests of all the citizens of the State, providing innumerable social, cultural, and economic benefits and opportunities.”
Protecting the quality of life of Highlands residents, ensuring the economic viability of Highlands communities, and promoting economic growth in appropriate areas of the Highlands are, in fact, clearly designated goals of the Highlands Act.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement in response to the enactment of a 23 cent per gallon gas tax increase by Governor Chris Christie:
“I’m disappointed that the Governor signed the gas tax into law. I have no doubt that his office, just like my office and those of most legislators, was bombarded with calls from the many people of this state who oppose this billion dollar tax increase.
“Defying the will of so many people on such an important affordability issue will not help us to change the perception shared by too many residents that they are being taxed out of New Jersey.