The Senate Republican Caucus today re-elected Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Union, Morris) as its leader for the 2014-2015 session.
“I’m honored to again lead the Republican Caucus in the Senate and I thank my colleagues for their overwhelming support,” said Kean. “The responsibility to my caucus and all New Jerseyans is one I hold with great respect. I look forward to working with Governor Christie, Steve, Jon and Vincent.”
The Senate Transportation Committee advanced today a resolution sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) urging commercial airlines to implement and enact policies concerning peanuts on flights to address allergy concerns.
“Peanut allergies can have lethal consequences and are nothing to mess around with,” Kyrillos said. “Airlines have a responsibility to provide basic safeguards for passengers with special health needs. People who report a peanut allergy to an airline should have the comfort of knowing they won’t be served peanuts or put in danger of an allergic attack because of a fellow passenger’s snack.”
Two bipartisan measures sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to assist and protect homeowners and residents working to rebound from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy were advanced today by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.
Senator Bateman’s bipartisan S2976 would safeguard homeowners elevating their homes in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy by establishing new consumer protection standards for home elevation contractors. The bill would require home elevation contractors to register with the state Division of Community Affairs, to have at least two years of field experience under the guidance of another experienced home elevation contractor, to have proper jacking equipment capable of safely lifting the home and to have sufficient insurance to cover the homeowner.
The Senate Transportation Committee today advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to allow widows to obtain a driver’s license with their maiden name, after the death of a spouse.
“Widows endure enough emotional suffering and logistical stress after the passing of their spouses — forcing them to get a court order to change their name on a driver’s license is unnecessary and absurd,” Bucco said. “This is common-sense legislation to responsibly allow widows to resume the use of their maiden names without jumping through crazy hoops.”
Senate Republican Caucus Members Announce Support for Re-election of Senator Thomas H. Kean as Senate Republican Leader
The following message expressing support for the re-election of Senator Tom Kean as Senate Republican Leader was released today by Senators Allen, Bateman, Beck, Bucco, Cardinale, Connors, Holzapfel, Oroho, Pennacchio, Singer and Thompson:
“It is with great pleasure that we, members of the Senate Republican Caucus, announce our collective support for the re-election of Senator Thomas H. Kean as the Senate Republican Leader in the 2014-2015 legislative session.
Senator Sam Thompson and Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton, all R-Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington and Middlesex, have been named “Taxpayer Champions” by the New Jersey Taxpayers Alliance (NJTA). All three legislators received perfect scores from NJTA which compiled legislators’ votes on seven bills that affect taxpayers and New Jersey’s economy.
The scorecard consisted of votes of support for reforms of business taxes and incentives to create jobs, fighting fraud in the Unemployment Insurance fund and bills to reduce bureaucratic red tape.
“The best interests of our taxpayers must always be our top priority,” said Thompson. “We have worked with the governor to provide property tax relief and to implement pro-business policies in an effort to make New Jersey more affordable. As a result, New Jersey’s economy is on the rebound and people are optimistic about the future.”
8th District Legislators Earned Perfect Scores for Their Voting Records on Bills Deemed Crucial to Taxpayers
Senator Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblyman Chris Brown were recognized for their consistent voting record on behalf of the state’s taxpayers today, by the New Jersey Taxpayers Alliance (NJTA).
“Our primary goal in Trenton is making New Jersey affordable again for the taxpayers who live, work and raise families here,” said Addiego. “In the six years I have been in the legislature, I have fought for smaller, more accountable government, and lower taxes on New Jersey families and senior citizens.”
This is the third time the Taxpayers Alliance has issued a legislative scorecard, and Senator Addiego has earned a 100 percent grade each time.
District 24 Legislators Earn Designation from New Jersey Taxpayers Alliance
Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Parker Space, R-Sussex, Warren, Morris, announced today they were recognized as “Taxpayer Champions” by the New Jersey Taxpayers Alliance (NJTA).
“Standing up for taxpayers in New Jersey is job number one for Alison, Parker, and me,” said Oroho, who serves on the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. “We are continuing our mission to make New Jersey more competitive to bring in new businesses and private sector jobs and it starts with making sure our tax policies are attractive.”
This is the third report card which the New Jersey Taxpayers Alliance is rating Members of the Legislature. They looked at seven key tax and regulatory votes in both the Senate and Assembly. Oroho, McHose, and Space each scored a perfect score of 100. Oroho and McHose, along with then Assemblyman Gary Chiusano, all received perfect scores of 100 in 2009 and 2011.
Senator Jennifer Beck today hosted her annual ‘Beauty Pearls for Chemo Girls’ event in Red Bank. The event is a brunch for women who want to feel their best while dealing with the side effects of cancer and chemotherapy.
“I started this event because there seems to be a lack of information out there for people who are going through cancer treatment,” said Beck. “I was inspired by Marybeth Maida, the author of the book, ‘Beauty Pearls for Chemo Girls.’ The book is the first-ever beauty guide for chemotherapy patients packed with insider secrets from top stylists and designers like Oribe and Betsey Johnson, dermatologist Dr. Howard Murad, and other specialists.”
Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande visited Ocean Grove today to talk about the one year anniversary of Supertstorm Sandy. Nearly 12 months ago the most severe storm in the state’s history made landfall devastating homes and forever changing thousands of New Jerseyans lives.
“We’re obviously in a better place than we were this time last year,” said Beck. “We’ve worked tirelessly to help those in need and return their lives to what was, but it hasn’t been without challenges. Governor Christie has done an admirable job leading our state during one of the most trying times and our job is not done. While $30 million of $600 million in federal funding for the state’s Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) program is expected to be released by the end of this month, that’s not good enough. The Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) has not made it easy to help our constituents, the process needs to be simplified and expedited. The National Flood Insurance Program has also let us down, in the immediate aftermath of Sandy there were promises made that have not been kept.”