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  • Freehold Borough Superintendent Tomazic and Red Bank Superintendent Rumage joined Sen. Jennifer Beck for the Governor’s Budget Message at the New Jersey State House on Feb. 28. The superintendents have worked with Beck to secure additional state aid for massively underfunded districts like theirs. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego and Asm. Joe Howarth met Carter and Corbin Taylor to talk about their program, Science for Sick Days, for kids unable to attend school because of illness, on Feb. 25, 2017. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Jennifer Beck and Commission of Education Kimberley Harrington visited schools in Asbury Park and Long Branch on Feb. 14. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego at the ribbon cutting of the Underground Railroad Museum of Burlington County at Smithville Park on Feb. 8, 2017. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Gerry Cardinale with retired members of the FOP, PBA and RUPD who came to the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee meeting on Feb. 6, 2017 to support S-1944, which allows more retired law enforcement officers to carry firearms after they retire. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Diane Allen speaks to the Senate Transportation Committee in support of her “Antwan’s Law” bill to make roads safer for students, in Trenton, on Jan. 9, 2017. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Diane Allen speaks at a Jan. 7 Statehouse event recognizing a law she sponsored that took effect this month to allow New Jersey adoptees to obtain their original birth certificates. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Joe Pennacchio watches as Gov. Chris Christie signs his legislation at the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey headquarters in Trenton, N.J. on Jan. 4. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Dawn Addiego speaking at a New Jersey State House press conference on Dec. 8, 2016 on bipartisan legislation she is sponsoring with Senate President Steve Sweeney (left) and Asm. Adam Taliaferro (right) to allow state pension funds to invest in TTF bonds. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Steven Oroho (R-24) speaking at a New Jersey State House press conference on S-2026, the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” on December 5, 2016. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Joe Pennacchio (R-26) speaking at a New Jersey State House press conference on S-2026, the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” on December 5, 2016. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Diane Allen was officially inducted into the Governing Institute’s Women in Government Leadership Class of 2017 on the weekend of Nov. 12 at the Institute’s conference in Arizona. (Full Story)

Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Steve Oroho

Bucco/Oroho/Pennacchio ‘Lake Hopatcong Fund’ Passes Senate Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio to establish the “Lake Hopatcong Fund” has passed the Senate Environment Committee.

Sens. Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio sponsor legislation to establish “The Lake Hopatcong Fund,” which would dedicate $500,000 annually to preserve and maintain the lake. (Lake Hopatcong Foundation)

S-2389 would dedicate $500,000 annually to the “Lake Hoptacong Fund,” for the protection, preservation, restoration, maintenance, management and enhancement of New Jersey’s largest state-run lake. The funds would come from license fees required to operate power boats on nontidal waters.

“Lake Hopatcong brings in millions in revenue for the state each year,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) said. “Our economy will suffer if we don’t find a stable way to pay for annual weed harvesting and stormwater management. We shouldn’t have to scramble every year to find the money we need to keep boaters and swimmers safe. I believe that our bill is a fiscally-responsible solution to this problem. I will continue to do everything I can to get it signed into law.”

We fought hard to ensure the Fiscal Year 2018 budget included funding to protect Lake Hopatcong, but a one-time payment is not enough,” Senator Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) said. “The lake has become overrun with invasive weeds and the problem seems to get worse every year. Setting up a permanent, dedicated funding source for preservation and maintenance is the best way to ensure future generations can enjoy this treasured natural resource.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Disappointed Democrats Have Ignored Offer to Work Together on Minimum Wage Increase, Middle-Class Income Tax Cuts

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean expressed disappointment that Democratic leaders have ignored his offer to work in a bipartisan fashion to enact a moderate increase in New Jersey’s minimum wage and middle-class state income tax cuts.

Sen. Tom Kean expressed disappointment that Democratic leaders have ignored his offer to work in a bipartisan fashion to enact a moderate increase in New Jersey’s minimum wage and middle-class state income tax cuts. (SenateNJ.com)

Kean issued the following statement following today’s minimum wage announcement by Governor-elect Phil Murphy, Senate President Stephen Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker-designate Craig Coughlin:

“It’s clear that New Jerseyans are tired of the extreme partisanship that has consumed national politics in Washington, and they want more civility at all levels of government, including here in New Jersey.

“That’s why my first public statement following the election was an offer to work with Governor-elect Murphy and the Democratic leadership of the Senate and General Assembly on a proposed bipartisan effort to increase the minimum wage to a fair and modern level and cut income taxes for middle-class New Jerseyans.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Introduces Bill Requiring Background Checks for Home Improvement Contractors & House Lifters

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Too Many Victims of Superstorm Sandy Hurt Again by Criminal Contractors

Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean, Monmouth) has introduced legislation that would require home improvement and home elevation contractor in New Jersey to undergo comprehensive criminal history background checks.

Following Superstorm Sandy rebuilding fraud, Sen. Bob Singer has introduced legislation that would require home improvement and home elevation contractors to undergo comprehensive criminal history background checks. (U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

“Following the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, thousands of New Jersey homeowners looked for contractors to rebuild and lift their homes to prevent damage in future storms,” said Singer. “Unfortunately, shady contractors were drawn by billions of dollars of state and federal disaster aid, insurance checks, and the personal savings that residents sought to invest in their homes. Due to lax state registration laws, too many Sandy victims also became the victims of fraud, which is something that we can and must address.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Introduces Resolution to Help Disabled Veterans Save on Shopping

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Senator Kristin M. Corrado (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) introduced a resolution that encourages the United States Congress to pass a bill that will help disabled veterans save money on their shopping.

Sen. Kristin Corrado introduced a resolution to help disabled veterans save money. (©iStock)

“Disabled veterans have sacrificed so much for our freedoms, and we need to do more to thank them for their service,” Senator Corrado said. “These heroes have earned our gratitude.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Introduces Bill to Promote Manufacturing & Job Growth in Distressed Suburbs

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) has introduced legislation to promote manufacturing and job growth in certain distressed suburban municipalities through new tax incentives under the Grow New Jersey Assistance Program.

Sen. Anthony Bucco (left) during a meeting of the Legislative Manufacturing Caucus at the County College of Morris on Oct. 17. (SenateNJ.com)

“This legislation is directed by my belief that every New Jersey town deserves the opportunity to thrive, and every resident the opportunity to work and succeed,” said Bucco. “It addresses a deficit in New Jersey’s economic development incentives which overlook the needs of lower-income suburbs. Many of those towns that have suffered from a shift of manufacturing to lower cost states don’t benefit from incentive programs that are designed primarily to drive employers to a few urban areas like Newark and Camden.”

Senator Bucco said that he hopes to work with the Legislature’s new manufacturing caucus on this bill and other efforts to support manufacturers that are critical to New Jersey’s economy.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Announces Senate Republican Leadership Team for 2018-2019 Session

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) announced the new caucus leadership for the upcoming 2018-2019 legislative session:

New Jersey Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean announced the new caucus leadership for the upcoming 2018-2019 legislative session. (SenateNJ.com)

  • Deputy Minority Leader – Senator Bob Singer (R-30)
  • Conference Leader – Senator Steven Oroho (R-24)
  • Deputy Conference Leader – Senator-elect Chris Brown (R-2)
  • Whip – Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26)
  • Deputy Whip – Senator Dawn Marie Addiego (R-8)
  • Budget Officer – Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25)

“Senate Republicans see a renewed opportunity to advance initiatives that will improve the lives of the people of New Jersey,” said Kean. “We’re focused on addressing New Jersey’s crisis of affordability, creating new opportunities for students and job seekers, and rebuilding trust in government. The Senate Republican leadership team is optimistic that we can help the members of our caucus, and the Legislature as a whole, to effectively address these most pressing challenges. Every Senate Republican is engaged in this endeavor, and they each have the drive and the talent that our state will need to be successful.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Not So Fast Legalizing Weed

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Senate Republican Whip Joe Pennacchio (R-26) today condemned the mad dash to legalize marijuana in New Jersey, citing the drastic increase in weed-related traffic fatalities in states that have enacted full legalization.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio condemned the mad dash to legalize marijuana in New Jersey, citing the drastic increase in weed-related traffic fatalities in states that have enacted full legalization. (Pixabay)

In Colorado, marijuana-related traffic fatalities rose 48-percent since the state legalized the drug in 2014. Pennacchio also noted that many police departments in New Jersey – the most densely populated state in the nation – do not have enough resources or accurate tools to spot and effectively prosecute stoned drivers.

“Governor-elect Murphy sees a $300 million tax revenue windfall. I see a mass of heartache and trouble,” Senator Pennacchio said. “New Jersey’s roadways are extremely congested and we don’t have a full-proof weed sobriety test. A mad dash to legalization, without taking the time to examine the consequences, is a recipe for disaster.”

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District 8

8th District to Hold Holiday Cookie Drive to Support Troops Overseas

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The 8th Legislative District Office is teaming up with Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey to host a holiday cookie drive to send treats to troops deployed in the Middle East.

The 8th Legislative District Office is teaming up with Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey to host a holiday cookie drive. (SenateNJ.com)

Volunteers will be on hand during the drive on Saturday, December 2, to pack and box the donated baked goods and store bought items. The drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 8th District Legislative Office at 176 Route 70, Suite 13 in Medford

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Senator Tom Kean

In the News: Kean Offers Democrats Compromise on Modest Minimum Wage Increase for Middle-Class Tax Cuts

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NJTV reported yesterday on an offer made by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to Governor-Elect Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders to address New Jersey’s crisis of affordability in a bipartisan way:

“We have no intention of being the party of ‘no,’” said Sen. Tom Kean Jr., the Senate minority leader.

Instead, Kean proposed bipartisan compromise. If Democrats reduce the income tax for the middle class — say for families earning less than $110,000 and individuals earning $50,000 to $70,000 — Republicans would support a moderate raise in New Jersey’s minimum wage to a “fair” level. That includes carve-outs.

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District 8

8th District Legislative Office Donates Tattered Flags for Retirement Ceremony

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More than 400 American flags received a dignified retirement at Marlton Elks Club 2514 on Sunday, November 5.

Senator Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblyman Joe Howarth, of New Jersey’s 8th Legislative District, were joined by members of the local community, including Lodge 2514, Elks Southwest District, Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey, the Evesham fire and police departments and the Cherokee High School color guard.

From left, George Tencza of Marlton Elks Club 2514, Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, Tom Wilson of the Elks Club and Assemblyman Joe Howarth get donated American flags ready for the flag retirement ceremony. (SenateNJ.com)

“It’s important that we hold the symbol of our nation in high regards. The flag reminds us of all the sacrifices that are made for our freedom, and when its condition gets compromised, it’s time to give it an honorable sendoff,” Addiego said.

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Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Diane Allen

District 7

Kip Bateman

District 16

Jennifer Beck

District 11

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Joe Kyrillos

District 13

Steven Oroho

District 24

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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