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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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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Writes to Academy Bus Executives in Wake of Service Complaints

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) sent a letter to Mr. Thomas Scullin, Chief Operating Officer of Academy Bus Lines, Inc after her office has been contacted numerous times in recent weeks about service issues, specifically regarding the Route 9-Wall Street line. Some of the most common problems have been chronic delays of over 45 minutes, buses littered with refuse, and lack of responses to commuter complaints filed with the company.

Senator Jennifer Beck contacted Academy Bus Service executives in the wake of numerous complaints regarding bus conditions and service delays. (SenateNJ.com)

“A number of years ago, my legislative office received complaints regarding the conditions of buses, service delays and interruptions along Academy’s routes.” said Beck. “Upon engaging the executive team of Academy, these problems had dissipated. Sadly, many of the same complaints I heard several years ago are still not being adequately addressed.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Bill Barring Drivers with DUI Conviction from Operating NJ Transit Trains Clears Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to prohibit persons with DUI-related suspended or revoked licenses from operating NJ Transit trains passed the full Senate 38-0.

Sen. Jennifer Beck’s bill prohibits persons with DUI-related suspended or revoked licenses from operating NJ Transit trains. (SenateNJ.com)

“It’s incomprehensible that state law allows a person who is prohibited from driving a car due to DUI-related issues to drive a train with hundreds of passengers,” said Beck. “NJ Transit operators are entrusted with safely transporting thousands of passengers a day. They have to be held accountable. If you cannot be trusted to drive a car, you shouldn’t be trusted to drive a train either.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Democrats Block Final Vote on Port Authority Reform

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Senate Democrats blocked a motion by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean at Thursday’s Senate session to allow a final vote to concur with the governor’s conditional veto recommendations on Port Authority reform legislation, S-708.

Senate Democrats blocked an effort by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to allow a final vote on Port Authority reform legislation. (Flickr)

“I’m disappointed that Senate Democrats continue to block critical Port Authority reform despite knowing that adoption of the governor’s conditional veto recommendations represents the only path forward,” said Kean. “I’m particularly disappointed that none of my colleagues across the aisle supported the effort to complete Port Authority reform, despite broad bipartisan support for this effort to move forward.”

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