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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Introduces Proposal to Increase Transparency, Public Participation in Legislative Redistricting and Allow Competitive Races in Every District

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Offers as Alternative to Widely-Panned Proposal by Democrats that Protects Incumbents, Tilts Future Elections in Their Favor

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean has introduced a constitutional amendment to reform New Jersey’s legislative redistricting process to make it more transparent, open to public involvement, and to remove political considerations from the formulation of legislative districts.

Sen. Tom Kean’s proposal would increase transparency and public participation in legislative redistricting, and lead to competitive elections in every district. (SenateNJ.com)

The proposal, SCR-110, includes widely acclaimed aspects of the redistricting processes used in several other states, including Iowa and California. It also incorporates non-partisan proposals from Wisconsin and Illinois.

Over the past two legislative cycles, Democrats have introduced widely-panned proposals that one highly regarded election expert testified, “entrenches a permanent Democratic majority,” and, “is a bald-faced attempt to pull the wool over voters’ eyes.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio on Possible Cuban Prisoner Exchange: Bring Chesimard Back!

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In response to news that United States and Cuba are reportedly discussing an exchange of prisoners that could potentially include convicted cop-killer and New Jersey’s Most Wanted list member JoAnne Chesimard, Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) continued his demands for Chesimard to be brought back to justice.

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)

“It’s unconscionable that Joanne Chesimard has lived in relative comfort in Cuba for more than 30 years after she killed New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster in cold blood,” Senator Pennacchio said. “She must be brought back here, to New Jersey, to face the punishment she deserves.”

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District 9

Connors-Rumpf-Gove-Supported Bill Requiring Turnpike Meetings in South Jersey Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would require at least two regular meetings each year of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to be held on a rotating basis in Ocean County, Atlantic County, and Cape May County was released by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Legislation by Connors, Rumpf and Gove would require at least two regular meetings each year of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority in South Jersey. (Wikimedia Commons)

The 9th District delegation issued the following the remarks regarding the legislation’s (S-1675) advancement:

“Regular meetings of the Authority are currently held on a monthly basis in the Authority’s Administration Offices located in Woodbridge. To many, this is seen as a slight given the amount of tolls residents living in South Jersey pay on the Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway.

“The legislation is a bipartisan collaborative effort that we have undertaken with Senator Jeff Van Drew and the First District Assembly delegation with the intent that residents would be better served by having the opportunity to attend locally-held Turnpike Authority meetings and participate in the decision making process regarding projects affecting their communities and commutes.

“Understandably, this is an issue of interest to residents living in an area that has been severely under-resourced in terms of transportation dollars for decades. Holding meetings in south Jersey would be even more appropriate given the number of projects that are finally in the works to address the inadequacy of the area’s infrastructure.”

The legislation would also require one regular meeting of the Authority be held in Bergen County and at least one meeting be held in Salem, Gloucester, and Camden counties on a rotating basis.

Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Holds Tinton Falls Rally to Oppose Gas Tax Increase

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Over 50 Local Residents & Commuters Joined Beck & Americans for Prosperity

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) hosted a rally in Tinton Falls on Monday to oppose a proposed increase in New Jersey’s gas tax of 20 to 40 cents per gallon. She was joined Erica Jedynak, State Director of Americans for Prosperity, and over 50 concerned citizens who wanted to have their voices heard.

More than 50 local residents and commuters joined Sen. Jennifer Beck and Americans for Prosperity at a rally in Tinton Falls on June 6, 2016 to oppose a gas tax increase. (SenateNJ.com)

With five exits on the Garden State Parkway, Tinton Falls is home to many commuters who drive to work and would be hit hard by a gas tax increase.

“We’ve already had thousands of people sign our ‘No Gas Tax Increase’ petition online, but we need to do more to demonstrate the massive opposition to higher gas taxes,” said Beck. “Many who live along and commute on the Garden State Parkway will be hit especially hard. If you oppose paying hundreds a year more at the pump, I urge you to contact the legislative leadership in Trenton and make your voice heard loud and clear.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Resolution to Promote Childhood Cancer Awareness Passes Senate Panel

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The Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee today advanced a bipartisan resolution sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho, (R-Sussex, Morris, Warren) to promote awareness about childhood cancer.

The Da Silva family. (Patricia Da Silva)

The legislation was inspired by Nicholas DaSilva, a Hardyston resident who was diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma in 2013 when he was just 5-years-old. After months fighting against cancer, Nicholas was declared in remission, and in the two years since that news, he has worked tirelessly to help other children with the disease. Along with members of his family, Nicholas has raised money to help other kids through donations to the Valerie Fund and Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

“Nicholas is a true inspiration,” Senator Oroho said. “He never stopped fighting, and now he’s doing whatever he can to help others. Nicholas and his family have been a huge help as we work to establish this special awareness week, and I can’t thank them enough.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: TTF Fix Must Address Out-of-State Subsidy, Future Property Tax Explosion

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Fix Needs to Be Part of Larger Plan to Bolster Economy

Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) emphasized today that New Jersey is facing two critical issues that will have enormous impacts on the state’s financial health – the reauthorization of the Transportation Trust Fund and stemming the outmigration of income and wealth assets out of New Jersey. Senator Oroho made his comments in Trenton, at an informational briefing held for the benefit of the media and interested public.

Sen. Steven Oroho said that New Jersey is facing two critical issues that will have enormous impacts on the state’s financial health – the reauthorization of the Transportation Trust Fund and stemming the outmigration of income and wealth  out of New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“A sound transportation infrastructure is not only vital to the safety of the motoring public, but it is the lifeblood of our state’s commerce,” said Senator Oroho. “We need to come up with a bipartisan plan to fund the maintenance and repair of the State’s roads and bridges, while making sure that New Jersey residents aren’t shouldering the full burden.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean: Democrats Working to Put Hard Working People Out of Work

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said that while Democrats in the Legislature purport to be the party of “working people,” they haven’t told the full story about how the major legislative initiatives they are working to advance would actually put many hard working New Jerseyans out of work.

Sen. Tom Kean said that Democrats in the Legislature haven’t told the full story about how their major legislative initiatives would put many New Jerseyans out of work. (Wikipedia)

“New Jersey Democrats have been on a warpath in recent months, and the enemy appears to be jobs,” said Kean. “While Republicans are focused on enacting solutions to our state’s affordability crisis, Democrats have doubled-down on efforts to impose expensive mandates that would put the jobs of many New Jersey residents at risk.”

Kean highlighted several proposals sponsored by Democrats that are likely to have negative, unintended consequences for those seeking a job, as well as those already employed:

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman/Ciattarelli Editorial: Court Ruling on N.J. Affordable Housing Would Cause Staggering Changes

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (both R-16) said affordable housing reform is needed to protect taxpayers from a court ruling that could have severe consequences for towns statewide in this editorial published in the Star-Ledger on June 6, 2016:

Sen. Kip Bateman and Asm. Jack Ciattarelli said that affordable housing reform is needed to protect taxpayers from a court ruling that could have severe consequences for towns statewide in this Star-Ledger editorial. (SenateNJ.com)

The New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division will soon hear arguments to determine if municipalities must build tens of thousands of affordable housing units that they were not required to construct during the Council On Affordable Housing’s “gap period” of 1999 to 2015.

If the court ignores current rules and law by mandating retroactive affordable housing obligations, municipalities statewide would be forced to build more than 100,000 new housing units by 2025.

This is truly a case that could forever change the character of many New Jersey communities.

Take rural Branchburg, for example, which could be forced to increase the number of residential units in the township by 60 percent. It should be clear that the consequences of such a ruling would be staggering.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

MEDIA ADVISORY (TODAY): Beck to Host Tinton Falls Rally to Oppose 20-40 Cent Gas Tax Increase

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) will host a rally in Tinton Falls TODAY at 11 a.m. to oppose a proposed increase in New Jersey’s gas tax of 20 to 40 cents per gallon. She will be joined Erica Jedynak, State Director of Americans for Prosperity, and concerned citizens who want to have their voices heard.

Sen. Jennifer Beck will host a rally in Tinton Falls on Monday, June 6th at 11 a.m. to oppose a proposed increase in New Jersey’s gas tax. (SenateNJ.com)

With five exits on the Garden State Parkway, Tinton Falls is home to many commuters who drive to work and would be hit hard by a gas tax increase.

“We’ve already had thousands of people sign our ‘No Gas Tax Increase’ petition online, but we need to do more to demonstrate the massive opposition to higher gas taxes,” said Beck. “Many who live along and commute on the Garden State Parkway will be hit especially hard. If you oppose paying hundreds a year more at the pump, I ask you to join me in Tinton Falls on Monday to rally against a gas tax increase.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Editorial: N.J. Shouldn’t Have to Cough Up $1B to American Dream Meadowlands Mega-Mall

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Sen. Mike Doherty (R-23) says that a plan to subsidize the American Dream Meadowlands project with $1 billion in government bonds is a bad deal for New Jersey taxpayers in this editorial published in the Star-Ledger on June 2, 2016:

Sen. Mike Doherty said that a plan to subsidize the American Dream Meadowlands project with $1 billion in government bonds is a bad deal for New Jersey taxpayers. (Wikimedia Commons)

Last fall, the Triple Five Group boasted that the nearly $5 billion construction cost of the long-delayed American Dream Meadowlands mall makes it “the most expensive retail project on earth.”

The American Dream project is a retail and entertainment center that remains under construction at the Meadowlands Sports Complex located in East Rutherford.

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