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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Re-Elected Senate Republican Leader

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The New Jersey Senate Republican caucus has unanimously re-elected Senator Tom Kean (R-Union, Morris, Somerset) as its leader for the upcoming 2018-2019 legislative session.

The New Jersey Senate Republican caucus has re-elected Sen. Tom Kean as its leader for the upcoming 2018-2019 legislative session. (SenateNJ.com)

Following his selection, Kean issued the following remarks:

“It’s an honor to have been given the opportunity by my colleagues to continue serving as Senate Republican Leader.

“The coming years will present some difficult challenges for New Jersey, but they are challenges we can overcome if reasonable people from across the political spectrum are willing to work together.

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District 8

Addiego & Howarth Honor Burlington County’s WWI Veterans at Monument Unveiling

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On the 100th anniversary of the United States entering World War I, the Burlington County WWI Memorial Committee unveiled a beautiful new memorial at Freedom Park in Medford. The monument honors the men and women who served in the war and the 89 county residents who died during the war.

Senator Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblyman Joe Howarth of the 8th Legislative District were pleased to be able to attend the event and thanked the Memorial Committee and the Medford Township Council with proclamations that acknowledged the time and effort put into erecting the monument that will keep the memories of our veterans alive.

The day featured essays and poems written by local students that contextualized the war and a keynote speaker, Colonel James Martin, the Deputy Commander of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

Senator Joe Pennacchio

On Behalf of NJ’s Children, Pennacchio & Webber Thank and Appreciate Advocates for Their Support of Child-Protection Legislation

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Legislation (S-2917/A-4442) sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio and Assemblyman Jay Webber has earned the support and advocacy of Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey and the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

A bill sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Asm. Jay Webber to protect school children from chronic abusers has earned the support and advocacy of Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey and the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault. (©iStock)

The legislation would tighten-up reporting and disclosure requirements between and among education employers so that chronic child abuses will not escape detection or get recycled through the system to prey again on other children at different schools. The legislation would remedy the problem of insidious silence that has permitted the migration of child predators between and among schools and our children.

Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey and the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault have joined forces to push for sponsorship and passage of this child-protective legislation, according to their joint statement in support of S2917/A4442.

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District 8

More Than 150 Lbs of Supplies Gathered in 8th Legislative District’s Hurricane Maria Collection Drive

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Hundreds of pounds of canned goods, toiletries, blankets and more were collected as part of a 16-day effort by multiple New Jersey entities to help Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico.

Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego, Asm. Joe Howarth and the 8th District Legislative Office helped collect more than 150 pounds of supplies to be shipped to Puerto Rico as part of a 16-day Hurricane Maria Collection Drive. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, Assemblyman Joe Howarth and the 8th District Legislative Office collected more than 150 pounds of supplies that will soon be shipped to Puerto Rico, following the Hurricane Relief Collection Drive that lasted from Oct. 12 to Oct. 27.

“Response to the collection drive was simply fantastic. The generosity of our local community will help countless people in Puerto Rico who are still struggling to get by in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Thank you all for your help,” said Senator Addiego.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Helps Cut the Ribbon on New Monmouth County One-Stop Career Center

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) joined with local leaders to celebrate the opening of the new One-Stop Career Center in Eatontown.

Sen. Jennifer Beck helped open the new One-Stop Career Center in Eatontown. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Searching for a job in today’s economy can be a daunting and stressful task,” Senator Beck said. “This fantastic facility has everything a job seeker might need.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Will Help Lakewood Student-Athletes Get a Look at College Life at NCAA Basketball Game

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Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean, Monmouth) is leading an effort to inform Lakewood athletes about the importance of balancing studies and sports by taking them on a trip to see the Monmouth University Hawks take on the Seton Hall Pirates in a men’s basketball game next month.

Sen. Robert Singer helped arrange for 200 Lakewood High School student-athletes to attend an NCAA basketball game. (SenateNJ.com)

“These kids have a passion for sports, and some might even want to continue playing after high school,” Senator Singer said. “We wanted to give them a chance to get a taste of what it takes to succeed at the highest level of NCAA basketball.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Heroin Dealers Chief Culprits in Elevating Opioid Addiction to Nation Public Health Emergency

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In response to President Trump’s declaration of the opioid crisis as a national public health emergency, the 9th District legislative delegation renewed its call for New Jersey to correct a defect in State law that allows heroin dealers to receive lesser sentences as compared to other drug charges.

A bill sponsored by Connors, Rumpf and Gove would increase penalties for heroin dealers. (©iStock)

Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have introduced companion legislation (S-272 and A-1175) which would empower prosecutors to charge drug dealers based on the dosage units rather than the weight of the drug.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Helps Launch Monmouth Center to Help Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) joined with members of 180 Turning Lives Around and other advocates to cut the ribbon on the new Monmouth County Family Justice Center in Freehold. Senator Beck helped secure the location for the new center.

Sen. Beck helped launch new Monmouth County center that will help support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. (SenateNJ.com)

“I’m proud to have worked closely with 180 Turning Lives Around to help create Monmouth County’s first ever Family Justice Center,” Senator Beck said. “As a former rape crisis advocate, I know the work that 180 does is critically important for our communities. I’m glad we were able to help them secure this location and help them provide a service that Monmouth County desperately needs.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Praises Navy Decision to Not Rent NWS Earle Housing to Civilians

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Housing Plan Scuttled Following Beck’s Meetings with Navy, Outreach to Officials Over Security Concerns

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) praised the United States Navy for its decision to not allow members of the general public to rent housing on Naval Weapons Station Earle in response to security concerns that she other officials expressed.

Sen. Jennifer Beck praised the U.S. Navy for its decision to not allow members of the general public to rent housing on Naval Weapons Station Earle in response to security concerns that she other officials expressed. (Google Maps)

“We used every tool in our toolkit to express our concerns that allowing civilians to rent housing on NWS Earle, an active ammunition depot, would create unnecessary security risks for our community,” said Beck. “We met with the Assistant Secretary of the Navy and engaged a host of state and federal officials to achieve this outcome. We’re elated that the Navy was responsive to our concerns about maintaining the safety of the Colts Neck, Tinton Falls, and Monmouth County communities.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman to Consider Residential Notification Requirements Following Accidental Hunting Death of Family’s Dog

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Contrary to Reports, Bateman Will Not Co-Sponsor Legislation Increasing Buffer Zones

Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) said he would consider legislation to increase notification requirements by hunters when hunting near residences after a family’s dog, Tonka, was shot and killed with a crossbow after being mistaken for a coyote.

Sen. Kip Bateman said he would consider notification requirements for hunters near homes, and clarified that he has not agreed to co-sponsor legislation increasing buffer zones. (SenateNJ.com)

“As someone who loves animals, it’s hard to discount the anguish felt by Tonka’s family over his loss,” said Bateman. “I want to examine if requiring hunters to notify residents of hunting activities near their homes is a workable solution that can prevent accidents like these from happening in the future.”

Bateman also responded to stories that mistakenly reported that he had agreed to co-sponsor legislation with Sen. Ray Lesniak to increase buffer zones for hunters.

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Republican Senators

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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