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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Responds to Gov. Murphy’s Budget Address

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Senator Steve Oroho responded to Governor Phil Murphy’s first budget address:

“Increasing taxes to avoid fiscal discipline will set us on a path backwards,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, and Morris). “New Jersey has many challenges that need to be met, but a return to tax and spend governance will hurt taxpayers and our economy, and will make us less competitive among our peer states.”

Sen. Steve Oroho responded to Governor Phil Murphy’s first budget address, saying his plan to increase taxes to avoid fiscal discipline will set us on a path backwards. (Wikimedia Commons)

The new governor has endorsed raising budget costs to $37.4 billion, an increase of 8%. Currently, New Jersey has the highest property taxes in the nation.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Statement on Murphy Budget and Tax Increase Proposals

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement in response to Governor Phil Murphy’s Budget Message today:

“Democrats are going full speed ahead with a massive $2.7 billion spending hike, an increase of nearly 8 percent. It’s irresponsible and it represents a bad value for taxpayers.

Statement from Sen. Tom Kean on Governor Murphy’s proposal to increase the state budget by $2.7 billion and increase taxes on individuals and businesses. (Pixabay)

“Proposing to increase income taxes by nearly $800 million will only drive more employers from the state. Further, the Governor says raising taxes on businesses by $110 million will increase ‘the attractiveness of New Jersey as a location for investment and employment.’ He must be kidding to suggest that will help us to lure major employers like Amazon to New Jersey.

“While Democrats want to say they are only increasing taxes on millionaires and corporations, the Governor’s proposed $546 million sales tax increase would hurt all New Jerseyans. It’s beyond callous to say that New Jerseyans will not feel the impact of this change.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: How Can You Even Consider Letting Felons and Prisoners Vote and Receive Tuition Aid?

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The 9th District legislative delegation is questioning how the State Legislature can even entertain the notion of letting convicted and imprisoned felons vote in elections and qualify to receive tuition assistance at taxpayer expense.

Connors, Rumpf, and Gove questioned how the NJ Legislature could consider bills that would allow prisoners and convicted felons to influence public policy and provide benefits at the expense of taxpayers who follow the rules. (Pixabay)

Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove issued a joint statement following the Democrats’ introduction of two legislative proposals which would direct more taxpayer dollars to convicted felons, at the expense of other needs and services.

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Senate & Assembly Republicans

MEDIA ADVISORY (3/12): Senate & Assembly Republican Leaders to Hold Pre-Budget Message Press Conference

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The Senate and Assembly Republican leaders and budget officers will hold a press conference on Monday, March 12th at 11 a.m. to discuss issues related to the FY 2019 New Jersey budget.

Republican leaders will hold a budget related press conference on Monday, March 12th. (

WHO: Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, Senate Republican Deputy Leader Bob Singer, Assembly Republican Budget Officer John DiMaio. (note: due to a scheduling conflict, Sen. Bucco will not be able to attend)

WHAT: Pre-Budget Message press conference.

WHEN: Monday, March 12th at 11 a.m.

WHERE: New Jersey State House Room LB-20 (conference room within the Office of the Senate Republican Leader across from the elevator on Floor B).

Senator Tom Kean

Editorial: Republicans Can Be Guard Dogs Against Overreach in Trenton

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The following editorial by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean on the role of Republicans in an era of single-party government in Trenton controlled by Democrats was published by The Record on March 9, 2018:

Although Democrats now control both the Governor’s Office and the New Jersey Legislature, Senate Republicans are committed to being more than just a voice of opposition.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean speaking at a joint State House press conference with Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick on March 12, 2018. (Facebook/Tom Kean)

In fact, we believe Republican leadership will help guide the public debate to produce real solutions. We’re working to be the difference makers in Trenton.

Our caucus is made up of dentists, chemists, lawyers, financial experts, and small business owners. We have a motivated, talented group of people who are united behind one simple goal: we want to make New Jersey worth the investment that our residents are making in it.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Statement in Support of President Trump’s Executive Orders on Steel & Aluminum Tariffs

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) issued the following statement of support regarding executive orders signed yesterday by President Donald Trump to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum:

Sen. Joe Pennacchio expressed support for executive orders signed by President Trump to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. (Wikimedia Commons)

“I would like to lend my voice in support of President Trump’s placement of tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum. In doing so he is once again following up on a campaign promise. We as a country should no longer sit on the sidelines under the guise of ‘free trade,’ and watch our industries, our jobs, and our communities wither away. Free trade works when there is an honest and level playing field.

“With President Trump’s executive order America now begins to practice trade which is fair, reciprocal, and no longer encourages the de-industrialization of America.

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Senator Dawn Addiego

Senator Addiego to Co-Host All-Girl Google Coding Event at Rowan College at Burlington County

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Join your local representatives at Rowan College at Burlington County for Google’s “Made with Code” party on Saturday, March 17.

The event is the perfect opportunity for any girl, ages 10-16, who is curious about finding a future in the world of coding. No prior coding experience is needed to attend. Click here to register online for the event.

Rowan College at Burlington County will host a Google “Made with Code” party for girls ages 10-16 on Saturday, March 17. (Rowan College at Burlington County)

The “Made with Code” party is sponsored by the college along with New Jersey State Senator Dawn Marie Addiego and Burlington County Freeholders Kate Gibbs and Linda Hughes. The three local leaders will be on hand for the event, which takes place from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Laurel Hall Room 320 on the Mount Laurel Campus.

Click here for a printable flyer for the event.

“Coding and computer technology are job industries growing as fast as any industry in the country, but these well-paying jobs are too often dominated by men. It’s time for girls to get in the game and become the future of coding,” said Senator Addiego.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Praises Monmouth County Reliability Project Decision

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement with regard to an administrative law judge decision on the Monmouth County Reliability Project:

“Judge Cookson’s decision highlights all of the points that residents have been making since the beginning. This project seemed to lack justification out of the gate. After one of the most comprehensive and exhaustive grassroots efforts I’ve ever seen, the fact that the project couldn’t be justified was made clinically obvious. I am very happy we received the objective examination we were hoping for from Judge Cookson.”

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) issued a statement with regard to an administrative law judge’s decision on the Monmouth County Reliability Project. (Flickr)

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Says New Sweeney Business Tax Backtracks on Efforts to Make NJ Competitive, Affordable

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said a new tax on New Jersey employers proposed by Senate President Stephen Sweeney today backtracks on a commitment to reforming the state’s tax and fiscal policies to make the Garden State more affordable and competitive with neighboring states.

Sen. Tom Kean said the Senate President’s proposed $657 million business tax increase will make the state less competitive, drive employers to other states, and hurt middle-class families. (Wikipedia)

“It is unfortunate that Senate President Sweeney has pulled back from his anti-tax talk, which echoed the arguments Republicans have been making for years about New Jersey’s crisis of affordability,” said Kean.  “Just when we seemed to be on the right track, Democrats have reverted to their old ways of demonizing employers and chasing jobs from New Jersey.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Reintroduces Legislation to Create State Tax Deduction for Contributions to New Jersey Charities

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean has reintroduced legislation to boost charitable giving to New Jersey non-profits that are on the front lines serving millions of children and families.

Sen. Tom Kean has reintroduced legislation to create a state income tax deduction to support New Jersey’s charitable non-profit organizations. (

The legislation will establish a charitable deduction for state income tax filers on the money and gifts they provide to charities operating in New Jersey.

“New Jersey’s non-profit charitable organizations provide critical services to children, families, and seniors in need,” said Kean. “Those educational, cultural, and civic organizations make our communities stronger and safer, but they often struggle for resources. Creating a new tax deduction for charitable giving will give New Jersey’s charities a boost while providing residents a new opportunity for tax relief.”

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Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

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Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

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Steven Oroho

District 24

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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