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Senator Dawn Addiego

Addiego, Rodriguez-Gregg Heralded for Defending New Jersey Taxpayers

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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.

Americans for Prosperity lauded Sen. Addiego as a “Defender of the Taxapayer” and Asw. Rodriguez-Gregg as a “Taxpayer Hero.” (AFP)

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.

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale to Introduce Bill Allowing Access to Carry Permits for Lawful Citizens

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) issued the following statement on carry permit legislation today:

Sen. Gerald Cardinale announced he was drafting legislation that would allow residents who pass the same background checks as judges to get carry permits. (SenateNJ.com)

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.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean: Port Authority’s Bus, Rail & Airport Plans Good for New Jersey

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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.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said the Port Authority’s long-term plans to improve bus, rail and airport infrastructure are good for New Jersey. (Flickr)

“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.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Vote to Fight Status Quo on State’s Dysfunctional School Aid Formula

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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.

Connors, Rumpf and Gove voted against a measure that protects the status quo of underfunding the majority of suburban and rural school districts. (©iStock)

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.

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Update from Cardinale on Carry Permit Legislation

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In response to some of the concerns that arose following the announcement of legislation introduced last week to allow judges and legislators to obtain handgun carry permits, Senator Gerald Cardinale (R- Bergen, Passaic) offered the following statement:

My current introduction of a very modest modification of the case law definition of ‘Justifiable Need’ has already revealed the anti-gun lobby as opposing the basic human right of self-defense. There is no realistic probability that judges or legislators will misuse guns, but opposition by Miller and other anti-gun activists to my proposal is quite revealing.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Statement on Brussels Terror Attacks

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean offered the following statement following this morning’s dual terrorist bombings in Brussels, Belgium:

Sen. Tom Kean responded to the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium on March 22, 2016.

“The innocent people who were lost in today’s cowardly attacks have our prayers, and the brave responders our admiration.

“New Jersey stands with the people of Belgium and all of those who stand defiant against this ideology of hate and fear.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio to Obama: Bring Joanne Chesimard Back from Cuba

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With President Barack Obama in the midst of a historic three-day trip to Cuba, Senator Joe Pennacchio urged the President to save some room on Air Force One for the flight home for a special guest:

Joanne Chesimard is wanted for escaping from prison in Clinton, New Jersey, while serving a life sentence for murdering a New Jersey State Trooper. She relocated to Cuba in 1984, where she is thought to still be living. (FBI)

“Cuba has been harboring convicted cop-killer Joanne Chesimard for more than 30 years.

“The people of New Jersey demand justice for her murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster.

“Air Force One is a big plane, and President Obama should save a seat to bring Joanne Chesimard home from Cuba.”

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Senator Steve Oroho
Senator Tom Kean

Kean & Oroho Tour Project Self-Sufficiency in Sussex to Highlight Charitable Giving Legislation

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Steven Oroho toured Project Self-Sufficiency of Sussex County on to promote new legislation that would support charitable giving to New Jersey’s non-profit and charitable organizations.

Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Steven Oroho toured Project Self-Sufficiency of Sussex County on March 21, 2016. Click for full-size image. (SenateNJ.com)

Since 1986, Project Self-Sufficiency has helped thousands of families in northwestern New Jersey to break the generational cycle of poverty, by addressing education, employment, parenting skills, legal problems, counseling and the many other interlocking issues experienced by families in need. The organization serves single parents, teen parents, displaced homemakers, adults, children, senior citizens and two-parent households.

“Project Self-Sufficiency is the perfect example of a community-based charitable organization that would benefit from our legislation encouraging charitable giving,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “With increased fundraising, Project Self-Sufficiency could expand their already impressive efforts to improve the lives of struggling families in the region. Our legislation will make donating more affordable for those who wish to support their charitable efforts.”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale Bill to Allow Carry Permits for Judges & Legislators

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New Legislation would allow New Jersey judges and legislators to obtain permits to carry handguns, provided they receive firearms training

Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) introduced a bill that would allow legislators, as well as judges at the superior and municipal court levels, to obtain permits to carry handguns provided they complete at least eight hours of firearm safety training.

Sen. Gerald Cardinale introduced legislation that would make it easier for judges and legislators to get handgun carry permits. (©iStock)

“Judges and legislators face a greater risk of falling victim to violent attacks, simply because of their easily identifiable position in public life,” Senator Cardinale said. “This measure will ensure that public servants have the means to protect themselves from those who might violently disagree with their viewpoints or decisions. A judge should feel safe returning home each night no matter how they ruled or what they ruled on that day.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Praises Agreement on Property Tax Exemptions for Non-Profit Hospitals

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Senator Robert Singer commended the announcement of an agreement to place a two-year freeze on property tax rates for non-profit hospitals that were tax exempt prior to a recent court ruling.

Sen. Robert Singer praised an agreement that would temporarily freeze property tax rates for non-profit hospitals and create a commission to study tax exemptions. (SenateNJ.com)

“The bipartisan agreement announced today will end the need for costly litigation between non-profit hospitals and the communities they serve,” said Singer, a member of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. “This agreement will afford us the time we need to conduct a proper review of the tax exemption law to find a solution that is fair to host municipalities without crippling the hospitals that serve them.”

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