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Senator Bob Singer

Singer to Be Honored as ‘Legislator of the Year’ by NJ Chamber of Commerce

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Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) has been named a “Legislator of the Year” by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce. Singer was chosen for the biannual award based on his successful efforts to empower small businesses and advance tax reforms that will benefit residents and entrepreneurs statewide.

The N.J. Chamber of Commerce will present Sen. Robert Singer with a “Legislator of the Year” award on Oct. 11, 2017 at a reception in Pennington. (SenateNJ.com)

“I am extremely honored and grateful to the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce for this prestigious award,” Senator Singer said. “We cannot keep our promise to make New Jersey a better, more affordable place to live, work and retire without making a solid investment in our small business owners and budding entrepreneurs. They are truly the backbone of our economy and they deserve our unwavering support.”

The Chamber lauded Senator Singer for sponsoring several pro-business bills, and for his support of a landmark tax reform package that eliminated the regressive estate tax while replenishing the Transportation Trust Fund.

“The State Chamber applauds and congratulates the strong advocacy of Senator Singer during the 217th Legislative Session in helping us with our priorities in improving the economy, retaining and creating jobs and enhancing the overall business climate of New Jersey,” Tom Bracken, President of the NJ State Chamber of Commerce said. “We especially recognize and appreciate Senator Singer’s support for the replenishment of the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund and the passage of the comprehensive tax reform package that will go a long way in achieving those priorities.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio to Republicans and Democrats in Congress: Time to Work Together to Fix DACA

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) released this statement following President Donald Trump’s decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

Sen. Joe Pennacchio released this statement following President Donald Trump’s decision on the DACA program. (SenateNJ.com)

“I believe that President Trump made the tough, but necessary decision to end the DACA program and send the issue of immigration reform back to Congress. Sadly, Democrats speaking out against this high-profile decision are just using it as a chance to grandstand and further obstruct the administration’s policies.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho and Space Laud Overdose Awareness Day for Promoting Prevention and Treatment of Addiction

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Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space (both R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) issued the following joint statement supporting Overdose Awareness Day:

August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day. (International Overdose Awareness Day)

“The opioid crisis is rampant across New Jersey, and the entire nation. The insidious disease of addiction claims more than 50,000 lives each year in America, and deaths continue to skyrocket in counties across our state.

“To effectively fight this epidemic, we must eliminate the social stigma that forces many addicts and their families to suffer in silence. It is important to shine a light on the severity of this threat, and to encourage victims to seek help and treatment they so desperately need to have a second chance at life.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Commends AG’s Sandy Fraud Lawsuits Against Egregious, Predatory Contractors

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Says there is still more work to be done

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) commended New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino and the Division of Consumer Affairs for taking legal action against two contractors accused of fraud against Sandy-impacted homeowners.

Sen. Jennifer Beck’s “Superstorm Sandy Homeowners Protection Act” has awaited action by the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee since June 16, 2016. (U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

“I applaud Attorney General Porrino and his team for taking legal action against two more fraudulent Sandy contractors. I have met with the Attorney General and Director of Consumer Affairs as well as Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Chuck Richman several times regarding CRA and TMB Services,” Beck said. “These predatory contractors must be held accountable for the crimes they have committed against vulnerable homeowners looking to get their lives back.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Hosts 11th Annual Dinner Honoring Rape Crisis Advocates

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Senator Jennifer Beck, a former rape crisis advocate and longtime advocate for survivors of sexual assault hosted her 11th Annual Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate Appreciation Dinner on August 23, 2017, to honor the advocates who serve at 180 Turning Lives Around.

Sen. Jennifer Beck on Aug. 23 hosted her 11th Annual Dinner honoring rape crisis advocates at 180 Turning Lives Around, a Hazlet, N.J. nonprofit that has served more than 600,000 survivors and their families over the last 37 years. (SenateNJ.com)

“These advocates are some of the most selfless, compassionate and courageous people you will ever meet. After all these years, I am still in awe of their unwavering commitment to ending domestic violence and sexual assault in our community,” Senator Beck said. “Counseling survivors is incredibly heartbreaking work. It’s a job very few people are able to do. I am so grateful that those struggling with trauma in Monmouth County have somewhere to turn. 180 Turning Lives Around is truly a beacon of hope in our community. I will continue to do everything I can to show my support.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Celebrates NJ’s History As Wage Equality Leader

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement today regarding Women’s Equality Day:

Sen. Jennifer Beck honored the late Millicent Fenwick for her work advancing women’s equality during the Senate session on March 13. The board behind Beck contains news articles from 1970 on the law sponsored by Fenwick prohibiting gender-based wage discrimination in New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“As a woman who has fought my way in the professional and political world, I am celebrating Women’s Equality Day today by proudly honoring the life and work of Congresswoman Millicent Fenwick,” Beck said. “Then-Assemblywoman Fenwick’s very first piece of legislation in the State Assembly was to outlaw wage discrimination in New Jersey. Since her legislation was signed on June 2nd 1970, New Jersey has been viewed as having one of the most aggressive wage equality laws in the nation.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck & Rice Deem ‘Renter Hell’ Inspection Results ‘Unconscionable’

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Legislators Call For Immediate Action To Pass “Safe Sanitary Subsidized Rental Housing Bill of Rights”

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Senator Ron Rice (D-Essex) today called for immediate action following information showing that Garden Spires, a Newark property featured in the APP series “Renter Hell”, had inconceivably passed an inspection by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Sens. Jennifer Beck and Ron Rice are calling for immediate action on their “Safe Sanitary Subsidized Rental Housing Bill of Rights” to protect tenants and hold negligent landlords accountable. (SenateNJ.com)

“The fact that Garden Spires passed a HUD inspection is unconscionable. Our State inspectors at the Department of Community Affairs have issued more than 2,300 violations for this property,” Beck said. “There were more than 500 fire safety violations noted by DCA; that alone should result in a failing HUD score. In the HUD inspection, the actual units in Garden Spires failed, but the exterior passed. Resulting in a REAC (Real Estate Assessment Center) score of 66, which means the building passes.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Statement on the Passing of Sen. Jim Whelan

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement regarding the passing of Senator Jim Whelan:

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean mourned the sudden passing of Sen. Jim Whelan. (SenateNJ.com)

“Senator Whelan gave his all to serve both his constituents and his students in Atlantic City, Atlantic County, and the 2nd Legislative District. I’m extremely saddened to learn of his sudden passing. My prayers are with his wife, Kathy, and his family. New Jersey lost a good man today.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Tom Kean

Pennacchio Elevated to Republican Whip

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean announced today that Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris, Essex, Passaic) has been elevated to the position of Whip within the Senate Republican caucus leadership.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean announced on Aug. 21, 2017 that Sen. Joe Pennacchio has been elevated to the position of Republican Whip. (SenateNJ.com)

“Senator Pennacchio has been a tried-and-true leader in our caucus for many years now. The elevation to Republican Whip is well-deserved,” Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said. “Joe has consistently demonstrated a keen understanding of our legislative priorities. He has been a passionate advocate for school funding reform, protecting the innocent, and expanding our community outreach efforts. I have no doubt that as Republican Whip, he will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that every taxpayer has a voice in Trenton.”

Pennacchio previously served as Assistant Republican Leader from 2014 to 2017. He is taking over the role of Whip following the departure of former Senate Republican Whip, Kevin O’Toole.

“Kevin was a tenacious and dedicated public servant. He left big shoes to fill,” Senator Pennacchio (R-26) said. “I am incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to serve as the next Republican Whip. We have come a long way, but there is still much more we can do to cut taxes, create opportunities, and make New Jersey a better, more affordable place for everyone. I look forward to working with my colleagues to swiftly advance Republican solutions to achieve those goals.”

Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Urges Opposition to Dangerous Move to Drill Oil Off the Jersey Shore

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Beck stresses concerns from thousands in coastal communities regarding offshore drilling

Following reports that the federal government is moving forward with a new program to explore oil and gas drilling along the Atlantic coast, Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) urged New Jersey residents to join her and Clean Ocean Action in opposing any such efforts that could put the Jersey Shore at risk.

Sen. Jennifer Beck is urging residents to stand together and oppose oil and gas drilling off of the Jersey Shore. (Wikimedia Commons)

“New Jersey’s $44 billion tourism industry is heavily reliant on revenue from the Jersey Shore,” Senator Beck said. “Local business communities up and down the coast have spent years trying to rebuild in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. An oil spill anywhere in the Mid-Atlantic region would undue all of the progress we have made and more.

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District 21 - Republican Leader

Diane Allen

District 7

Kip Bateman

District 16

Jennifer Beck

District 11

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

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Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

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Joe Kyrillos

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Steven Oroho

District 24

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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