Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) said the children and families impacted by the Fenimore Landfill in Roxbury Township deserve more from their state Department of Environmental Protection than Tuesday night’s public hearing.
“I am disappointed that DEP representatives only came to tell hundreds of resident victims how they would cap the landfill, rather than conduct a true hearing to fully listen and take into consideration information from those suffering in the community that have performed extensive research on this issue,” Bucco said. “When government forgets even for a moment that it is beholden to the people, everyone loses.”
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) will be installed as Chair of the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) in a ceremony at the State House on Monday.
When: 12 p.m., Monday, March 17, 2014
Where: Senate Chambers, New Jersey State House, 125 West State Street, Trenton, NJ
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement today after Rutgers’ University faculty again voted to rescind former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s invitation to speak at the upcoming commencement:
“Rutgers-Newark faculty’s recent vote is nothing short of an attempt by professors to censor a view different then their own and flies in the face of the mission of a state university to provide students the opportunity to develop their own world views. Secretary Rice’s life story is a great example of the amazing accomplishments that can be achieved with determination and hard work. Who better to inspire students at commencement than an African American woman who rose to become the U.S. Secretary of State, the highest ranking member of the Presidents Cabinet?
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. stated the following about Thursday’s passing of Jeffrey Corzine, son of former Gov. Jon Corzine:
“The Senate Republican caucus and I send our sincerest condolences to Governor Corzine, his family and friends. May Jeffery rest in peace and may the Corzines receive an abundance of thoughts, prayers, love and support to help them through this unimaginably difficult time.”
With the support of legislative Republicans and Democrats, Senators Sam Thompson (R-Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean) and Ron Rice (D-Essex) launched an online petition for the people to prompt a “New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation” inquiry into government abuses of power and cover-ups in The City of Newark, including those uncovered by the state Comptroller.
“We reject the notion that one legislator, or a handful of lawmakers, should determine how to use the taxpayer-funded ‘Select Committee’ over the next two years,” Thompson said. “The New Jersey legislature and all of its committees and powers are beholden to the people of this state. Taxpayers all across New Jersey — who give $100 million a year in state tax dollars as well as federal funds to the City of Newark — can now use this petition as an avenue to urge an investigation into abuses and cover-ups in the state’s largest city. Many Senate and Assembly Republicans support this initiative.”
Here is the petition url: http://www.senatenj.com/newark/.
New Jersey Senators Jennifer Beck and Joe Kyrillos (both R-Monmouth) urged U.S. Senator Bob Menendez to help facilitate the state’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy, rather than pushing for ways to slow it down. On Wednesday, Menendez called for even more federal regulations on how New Jersey delivers $1.4 billion in aid to people who have been hampered by federal rules since the October 2012 storm.
“At the grassroots level, residents are being hung by federal regulations and a lack of federal funding,” Beck said. “There are 7,000 people on waiting list for the Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) program because we don’t have enough federal money to fund them all. New Jersey also received $400 million less in CDBG money the second round than the first round. Why isn’t Senator Menendez addressing this when all of our programs are oversubscribed? Either Senator Menendez is completely out of touch with our residents’ struggles or he has a political motivation to slow down recovery to try to make a popular Republican governor look bad. He has to get with the program and do his job for the people.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr., Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick and Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz (R- Union, Somerset, Morris) said today that Governor Christie’s $3 million in Stream Cleaning Grants for Passaic River Basin municipalities will greatly protect against flooding in the 21st District.
Under a grant announced this week, counties and municipalities in the 21st District will receive $300,000 as part of an ongoing, long-term effort to reduce flood impacts in communities in the Passaic River Basin.
Patrick Provided Inspiration for “Patrick’s Law” Increasing Penalties for Animal Abuse
Patrick the Pit Bull, the inspiration for Patrick’s Law sponsored by Senator Tom Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris), was inducted into the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association (NJVMA) Animal Hall of Fame on Sunday, March 9, 2014.
“Patrick’s comeback is inspiring, and he did not suffer in vain,” said Kean. “Patrick’s Law now provides a substantial deterrent to animal abuse in New Jersey.”
Watch the video below detailing Patrick’s journey from near death following horrific abuse to full recovery and his new life as a happy, healthy and playful dog living in a loving home.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. (R-Union, Somerset, Morris) announced today the caucus leadership team for the 216th legislative session.
Rounding out the team are Deputy Republican Leader Diane Allen (R-Burlington); Conference Leader Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean); Deputy Conference Leader Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth); Assistant Republican Leader Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic); and Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset).
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. said today that he will introduce legislation to criminalize “upskirting,” in order to deter people from taking secret photographs underneath other people’s clothes in New Jersey. On Wednesday, the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that “upskirting” was legal, prompting that state to enact a law today to criminalize the practice.
“We must do everything possible to protect women in New Jersey from this sickening act, which like other offensive actions involving photos or videos has the potential to be popularized by the internet if that hasn’t happened here already,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “We need to make it clear that this is an illegal act in New Jersey that will not be tolerated.”