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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Compelling Need Remains for Controlling Size, Cost & Scope of State Bureaucracy

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Following Governor Chris Christie’s final State of the State Address, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove cautioned on the pressing need in the coming years to continue controlling the cost, size, and scope of the state bureaucracy.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove cautioned on the pressing need in the coming years to continue controlling the cost, size, and scope of the state bureaucracy. (SenateNJ.com)

The 9th District Delegation’s remarks were offered in response to the Governor’s comments in the Address that the state workforce had been reduced by more than 10,000 employees during his Administration.

Connors, Rumpf and Gove issued the following statement following the Governor’s address:

“To bring about the fiscal reform demanded by beleaguered taxpayers, our delegation supported the sustained and very necessary effort to reduce a costly and overbearing state bureaucracy. Too many taxpayers felt the bureaucracy worked against their interests by fixating on imposing suffocating regulations as opposed to providing essential services to the public. Consequently, the costs of paying bureaucrats to write and enforce unwanted and unnecessary government regulations crowded other state budget priorities.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Calls on Democrats in Congress to Support Making Individual Tax Reforms Permanent

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Says Sitting on the Sidelines Hurts Middle-Class Families

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) called on Democrats in Congress to work with Republicans to address some of the limitations in recently enacted federal tax reforms that resulted from their unwillingness to participate in the legislative process.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio called on Democrats in Congress to support an effort to make permanent recently enacted federal tax reforms for individuals. (SenateNJ.com)

“The tax reforms that Congress passed and the President signed were a step in the right direction, but there’s still room for improvement,” said Pennacchio. “If not for limitations that were the result of Democrats sitting on the sidelines, there wouldn’t have been a need for the individual tax cuts to sunset. If Democrats are willing to step up, we can make the tax cuts permanent and look at restoring the full SALT deduction that New Jersey homeowners depend upon.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Calls for Bipartisan Effort to Increase Affordability, Opportunity in Reorganization Remarks

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At today’s reorganization of the New Jersey Senate, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean called for a bipartisan effort to transform the Garden State into a place where affordability and opportunity abound. Below are his remarks, as prepared for delivery:

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean speaking at the reorganization of the New Jersey Senate at the State House on January 9, 2018. (SenateNJ.com)

I’d like to start by welcoming colleagues old and new, and all of our families and guests, who have joined us today for this reorganization of the New Jersey Senate.

Voters across the state and in each of our particular districts have made their voices heard and sent the 40 of us to this chamber to do an important job.

We all worked hard to get to this exact point.

It is important that we remember why we all made the choice to engage in public service; we care deeply about New Jersey, and about the future that our friends, families, and neighbors have in the Garden State.

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Senator Chris Brown

Chris Brown Sworn in as Atlantic County’s Newest State Senator

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Surrounded by his wife Christine, and his children Matt, Danny, and Mallory, lifelong Atlantic County resident Chris Brown took his oath office for the New Jersey State Senate today, becoming the eighth State Senator from Atlantic County under the 1947 State Constitution.

Senator Chris Brown was sworn in as Atlantic County’s State Senator, Legislative District Two (SenateNJ.com)

“I am humbled and blessed to have the confidence and trust of working families and retirees throughout Atlantic County and I will work hard to honor their trust, confidence, and faith in me,” said Brown.

Brown enters the Senate after a six-year tenure in the General Assembly characterized by his independent voting record and his unrelenting opposition and ultimately successful battle against North Jersey casinos and his sponsorship of legislation to diversify Atlantic County’s economy through the aviation industry.

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Steve Oroho

Bucco/Oroho/Pennacchio ‘Lake Hopatcong Fund’ Heads to Governor’s Desk

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Legislation sponsored by Sens. Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio to establish the “Lake Hopatcong Fund” has been approved by the New Jersey legislature and heads to the Governor’s desk.

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 Fund)

The measure, S-2389, dedicates $500,000 annually to the “Lake Hopatcong 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.

“Now, by securing long-term funding, Lake Hopatcong will receive the protection and conservation it needs,” said Senator Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset.) “I am glad the fund’s approval heads to the Governor’s desk. With its signing, the ‘Lake Hopatcong Fund’ will provide stability for the local families and small businesses that surround the lake.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill Protects Survivor Benefits After Loss of First Responders Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) requires medical professionals certifying death to perform any testing necessary for families to claim State and federal survivor benefits has received final legislative approval.

Sen. Oroho’s bill to protect the survivor benefits for families after the loss of a first responder, while in the line of duty (Flickr.)

In 2016, Scott Danielson, a Sussex County first responder, died of a heart attack while in the line of duty. When his family requested the required toxicology test for federal death benefits, they were initially denied due to hospital costs. After involvement from Sen. Oroho and local officials, the hospital ultimately administered the required test.

“Families of first responders have access to important survivor benefits after the loss of their loved one,” stated Oroho. “We should remove any hurdles families might face during that difficult time which may prevent them from receiving the benefits they deserve and may depend upon.”

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Senator Dawn Addiego
Senator Steve Oroho

Addiego/Oroho Bill to Promote Local Agriculture Passes Senate

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Allows Counties to Create Marketing Labels to Promote Local Products

The Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senators Dawn Addiego (R- Burlington, Camden, Atlantic) and Steven Oroho (R-Morris, Sussex, Warren) that allows counties to create labels to help promote local agricultural products.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Addiego and Sen. Oroho allows counties to adopt individualized “Jersey Fresh” labels to promote locally grown produce (Wikimedia Commons.)

Based on the success of the “Jersey Fresh” marketing program, S-2444 would authorize New Jersey counties to create, adopt, and issue their own promotional labels to market agricultural products that are grown, processed, or produced in a specific county.

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Senator Sam Thompson

Amazon HQ2 Bill Approved by Senate

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Lesniak-Thompson Legislation Designed To Bring Jobs & Economic Growth To NJ Also Approved By The Assembly

A plan to attract Amazon’s new corporate headquarters to New Jersey was approved by the Senate today, presenting the company with incentives to locate a facility that could create up to 50,000 jobs with an investment of $5 billion. The legislative plan, S-3631, sponsored by Senator Raymond Lesniak and Senator Sam Thompson, was also approved by the Assembly.

A plan by Senators Raymond Lesniak and Sam Thompson to attract Amazon’s new corporate headquarters to New Jersey was approved by the Senate. (©iStock)

“New Jersey has the features that would make us a great location for Amazon’s second world headquarters,” said Senator Lesniak. “We have a skilled workforce, the best colleges and universities and a strategic location with access to highways, airports and shipping ports. This plan could help to attract good jobs and economic activity for years to come.”

“There’s bipartisan consensus that New Jersey should compete for Amazon’s HQ2 and other transformative projects that have the potential to yield massive benefits to the state’s economy,” said Senator Thompson. “When a company like Amazon is looking to invest billions and create tens of thousands of jobs, we simply cannot afford to be overlooked. This legislation sends the message that New Jersey is a serious contender.”

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Senator Dawn Addiego

Addiego ‘Eileen’s Law’ Heads to Governor’s Desk

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Legislation giving prosecutors discretion to hand out harsher penalties to drivers who fail to maintain a traffic lane was approved by the Senate on Monday and will head to the governor’s office for final approval.

The family of Eileen Marmino joined Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego for the passage of Eileen’s Law in the New Jersey Senate on January 8, 2018. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill (S-2342/A4062) amends the law so drivers who cause fatal accidents because they failed to maintain their lane can be charged with vehicular homicide. It was sponsored by the 8th District delegation of Senator Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblyman Joe Howarth.

“I’m extremely pleased Eileen’s Law passed through the Senate, today. It’s going to help make our roads safer by holding drivers more accountable,” Addiego said

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Votes ‘NO’ on Amazon Tax Break Legislation

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Says Broad-Based Tax Cuts Would Be Better Choice for New Jersey

Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) voted against legislation (A-5340/S-3631) that would give Amazon special tax incentives at the expense of other New Jersey businesses.

Sen. Mike Doherty voted against legislation that would give Amazon special tax incentives at the expense of other New Jersey businesses. (Flickr)

“New Jersey shouldn’t be in the business of picking winners and losers, nor should we give special tax breaks to a company that’s driving our mom and pop shops out of business,” said Doherty. “Everyone’s talking about hypothetical jobs that Amazon might create in New Jersey if we give them billions of dollars, but they’re not talking about the thousands of retailers on our Main Streets that will go out of business as a result of this sweetheart deal.”

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

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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