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Committee Advances Connors, Rumpf & Gove Bill to Protect Tuition Program Established for Emergency Volunteer Personnel

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The Senate Education Committee today advanced legislation (S-1057) sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would clarify the original intent of the Legislature by closing a loophole used by certain county colleges to deny volunteer emergency personnel tuition assistance under the state’s volunteer tuition credit program.

The volunteer tuition credit program provides a tuition credit benefit of up to $2,400 over four years to active members of a volunteer fire company, volunteer first aid or rescue squad or association and the dependent children and spouse of such members.

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco: Trenton Democrats Vow to Raise Taxes Again

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Like Snake Oil, Promised Benefits Will Never Be Realized

Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco issued the following comment regarding the Democratic legislative leaders’ promise to increase taxes on the long suffering people of New Jersey:

“This is the 116th tax increase that the Trenton Democrats have proposed over the past eight years. 115 of those taxes have passed. This is nothing more than another example of their addiction to taxes. Like every tax increase this is always the last one. Nonsense, this is a return to the status quo of higher taxes and hyper-inflated spending. It is simply not a solution.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Disappointed Unemployment Insurance Reform Delayed Another Year

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Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Labor Committee, issued the following remarks regarding the watered down Unemployment Fund Reform bill released by the Senate Labor Committee today:

“I am disappointed that the Senate Labor Committee did not choose to release my bill, S-1854, that would have provided for the long-term structural reform of the state’s bankrupt UI fund. To date, New Jersey has borrowed more than $1.4 billion from the federal government just to meet current obligations.

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District 9

9th District Delegation Praises DEP Commissioner for Quick Action on Tritium Release at Oyster Creek

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9th District Legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove today commended Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin and his staff for their quick action in issuing a Spill Act Directive requiring Exelon to take all necessary measures to prevent the radioactive substance from reaching drinking water supplies.

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale: Poritz Is Best Example of an Activist Judge

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Chief Justice Poritz’s Opinions Cost NJ Taxpayers Billions

Senator Gerald Cardinale, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following comments in response to former New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Deborah Poritz’s defense of judicial activism. Senator Cardinale is a long-time critic of judicial activism.

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District 9

Common Interest Community Legislative Update

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The Assembly Housing and Local Government Committeeon will receive testimony from invited guests and the public regarding issues concerning homeowners’ associations on Thursday, May 6, 2010.

The hearing is set to begin at 2:00 pm, at the State House Annex, in Committee Room 16.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Praises Supreme Court Pick, Looks Forward to Hearings

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Senator Kip Bateman (R-16), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, praised Governor Christie’s selection of Anne Patterson to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court.

“The Governor’s nomination of Anne Patterson to the Supreme Court shows that he is serious about putting the most qualified individuals on the bench. Ms. Patterson has a rock-solid reputation as one of the brightest legal minds in our state. Governor Christie could not have picked a more qualified individual to serve on the Supreme Court.

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean: Anne Patterson a Well Qualified Candidate for Supreme Court

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Senator Kean Calls for Timely Up or Down Vote on Nominee

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean responded to today’s announcement by Governor Christie that he has nominated Anne Patterson to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court:

“I fully support the nomination of Anne Patterson to the New Jersey Supreme Court. She is an extraordinary person who is eminently qualified to serve on our state’s highest court.

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale Supports Gov. Christie’s Decision to Change Supreme Court

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Governor Will Not Reappoint Associate Justice John Wallace

Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39), the ranking Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced his support for Governor Chris Christie’s decision to not reappoint Associate Justice John Wallace to the New Jersey Supreme Court. Cardinale stated:

“I would like to express my support for Governor Christie’s efforts to reform the New Jersey Supreme Court. The people of our state elected Governor Christie to change New Jersey, and that change cannot succeed without making changes in the Supreme Court.

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District 9

9th District Delegation, LBI Mayors Meet with DEP Commissioner to Discuss Local and State Issues

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove joined with each of the six mayors from Long Beach Island at Surf City Borough Hall in a meeting with Commissioner Bob Martin of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), within the Christie Administration’s cabinet.

The meeting’s purpose was to discuss local and State issues of importance that included, but were not limited to, beach replenishment, Barnegat Bay and tideland resources.

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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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