Senator Kip Bateman, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, responded to Governor Christie’s withdrawal of David Bauman’s nomination to the New Jersey Supreme Court and the new nomination of Walter Timpone:
“Judge Bauman deserves a lot of credit for twice accepting a nomination in such a challenging political environment. Although I wish we had the opportunity to give him the confirmation hearing he deserved, I am glad that he now has closure on what has been a long process.
“I look forward to reviewing the nomination of Walter Timpone in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and hope that his nomination represents an end to the judicial logjam that threatened our state courts.”
Senator Kip Bateman says that that all judicial nominees, including U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland and N.J. Supreme Court nominee Judge David Bauman, deserve confirmation hearings in this editorial published in the Asbury Park Press:
Our state and our nation have arrived at a very dangerous place, where partisanship trumps all, including common sense and decency.
This incivility between the political parties now threatens the independence of our judiciary, and puts the very functioning of our courts at risk.
At both the state and federal levels, we have chief executives who have nominated justices to our supreme courts, and recalcitrant leaders in our senates who have refused to allow those legislative bodies to perform their constitutional duties of advice and consent.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said that New Jersey Senate and Assembly Democrats can stop being contrarian and obstructionist by joining New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R), New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), the New York Legislature, and Senate and Assembly Republicans to support the enactment of consensus Port Authority reform legislation, S-355.
“There is broad, bipartisan agreement on both sides of the Hudson that we need to implement S-355 to increase transparency, improve efficiency and prevent abuses at the Port Authority,” said Kean. “Despite this, New Jersey Senate and Assembly Democrats remain a roadblock to enacting this critical Port Authority reform legislation.”
S-355, sponsored by Kean, provides governance, transparency, and accountability reforms at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. It is identical to legislation already approved by the New York Legislature and signed into law by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Senator Steven Oroho, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, said that continued improvement in New Jersey’s economy provides the opportunity to further advance tax reforms to reduce the tax burden on state residents and businesses.
“We heard today that state tax collections are growing as New Jersey’s economy continues to improve,” said Oroho. “This increased financial flexibility provides us the opportunity to enact additional, meaningful tax reforms to make New Jersey a more affordable place to live and operate a business.”
Sweeney, Kean, Weinberg, Gordon, Sarlo & Kyrillos Join With Port Authority Official, Transportation Advocates & Commuters in NYC on Plan to Build New Terminal
Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, Senator Paul Sarlo, Senator Bob Gordon and Senator Joe Kyrillos joined with transportation advocates and commuters to continue to promote the need for a new bus terminal and to praise the bi-state leadership of the Port Authority, especially Chairman John Degnan, for their support for the historic plan recently approved by the Port Authority to construct the new facility in Manhattan.
“We worked together across the aisle to stand up for New Jersey’s commuters, and the final decision to build the replacement terminal in Manhattan represents a real victory for our state,” said Senator Kean. “The agreement is recognition that our commuters demand and deserve mass transportation that is both fast and convenient. A bus terminal in New Jersey, as some had proposed, would have been neither.”
“This is an historic achievement that will serve the critical transportation needs of the entire region for generations to come,” said Senator Sweeney, referring to the Port Authority’s vote to include the construction of a new bus terminal in its capital plan. “My colleagues in the New Jersey Senate and I have been fighting for this for years as a top priority so we are all grateful for the support of both governors and the Port Authority’s leadership. They helped to make this happen.”
Senator Kip Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex) commended Senate Democrats for joining his effort to protect school children from lead-tainted drinking water:
“Earlier this month I announced a plan to fund up to $20 million in lead abatement programs to protect children from harm.
“I am pleased that Senate Democrats have incorporated the funding mechanism I proposed into their plan to test and remediate drinking water in schools.”
Senator Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg (both R-8) were lauded for protecting New Jersey taxpayers by Americans for Prosperity (AFP), a prominent taxpayer advocacy organization.
With the release of AFP’s legislative scorecard for the 2014-2015 legislative session, the organization lauded Addiego as a “Defender of the Taxpayer,” with the third highest score for pro-taxpayer votes on more than a dozen critical bills in the New Jersey senate. Rodriguez-Gregg earned the title of “Taxpayer Hero,” with a 94 percent performance grade.
Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) issued the following statement on carry permit legislation today:
“The introduction of S-1982 created a public ground swell of overwhelming support for extending a similar ‘right to carry’ opportunity well beyond judges and legislators. I have introduced such proposals in the past (such as the ‘Citizens’ Protection Act.’) There was never enough critical mass of public support to move my legislative colleagues to address the issue.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean praised the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s for considering resolutions that outline plans for long-term bus, rail and airport infrastructure improvements that benefit New Jersey and its commuters.
Kean attended the meeting of the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners on March 24.
“Today’s actions by the Port Authority represent a win for New Jersey commuters,” said Kean. “We fought to preserve a one-seat ride for bus riders into Manhattan, and we succeeded.”
Consistent with their long-standing commitment to reforming the State’s school aid formula, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove voted against a measure aimed at protecting the status quo of underfunding the majority of suburban and rural school districts.
Recently, both houses of the Legislature voted on ACR-131/SCR-90, a resolution that objected to specific recommendations included in the Educational Adequacy Report (EAR), which must be issued by the Governor in consultation with the New Jersey Department of Education every three years. The Report proposed modifying the provisions of the State’s school funding formula that currently ensures the lion’s share of aid is sent to 31 special needs districts, commonly known as Abbotts.
The 9th District delegation issued the following statement:
“Taxpayers living in non-Abbott districts, such as our constituency which includes a significant number of seniors, have little hope of receiving meaningful property tax relief unless the State’s school aid formula is reformed.