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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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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: DEP Must Consider Economic Progress as a Partner to Environment Protection

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Senator Steve Oroho, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, commented today on the balance that must be struck between ensuring that our air, water and open spaces are protected and creating high paying quality jobs for the future.

“During my service on Governor Christie’s ‘Red Tape Review Commission’ we uncovered many examples of regulations that seemed designed to halt or at least delay necessary economic development projects. The core mission of the DEP is and should be ensuring that our environment is clean and protected.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Asks Senate President Sweeney to Post S-1854, UI Fund Reform Bill

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Legislation Will Prevent $1 Billion Tax Increase

Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, asked Senate President Sweeney to post legislation, S-1854, which would reform the state UI Fund to prevent a $ 1 billion tax increase that will take effect July 1, 2010. The bill and the letter are attached.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Urges Dems Not to Stifle Economic Recovery with Tax Increases

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Rutgers Economists Forecast Slow Economic Rebound

Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) called on the Democrat leadership of the Senate and Assembly to abandon plans for higher taxes in response to an economic forecast presented by Rutgers economists at a conference yesterday. At the conference, Nancy Mantell, director of the Rutgers Economic Advisory Service, stated, “New Jersey is starting to turn around, but job growth will be very slow.”

“Democrat leaders seem intent on pushing forward with tax increases on business that will stop the emerging recovery dead in its tracks, ” said Oroho. “Governor Corzine and Democrats were wise to at least sunset the destructive tax surcharges they established last year. Reestablishing them now will stifle a recovery that has just begun.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Comments on School Election Results

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Reopening Negotiations Will Save Tax Dollars, Programs & Jobs

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following comments regarding the results of yesterday’s school board elections:

“The electorate has clearly spoken by defeating 54 percent of school budgets across the state. Union locals should rethink their positions and reopen negotiations in those districts where the budgets failed.

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Mike Doherty
Senator Steve Oroho

Senate GOP: It’s Refreshing to Hear of Responsible Spending

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Department of Military & Veterans Affairs Does Job Efficiently

The five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee commended the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs today for operating efficiently.

It is refreshing to hear that this agency continues to be a responsible steward of public resources. It was made evident today that the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs not only proudly represents the men and women who faithfully served our country, but also operates in an open and cost-effective manner.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: BLS Numbers Demonstrate Businesses Are Choosing Other States

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Troubling Numbers Demonstrate Need for UI Reform Now

Senator Joseph Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding job growth numbers released this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Legislature Must Begin Work on UI Fund Reforms

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Bill Must Be Signed By the End of May to Avoid Huge Tax Increases

Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following comments on the quickly approaching deadline to finish reforming the Unemployment Insurance Fund:

“If we do nothing the UI fund trigger will trip an automatic $484 per employee tax on businesses, July 1, 2010. Total cost to business is nearly $1 billion according to the Acting Commissioner of Labor. This tax increase would have a devastating effect on the already fragile business climate in New Jersey.

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean: Residents of Federal Disaster Areas Have Until May 11 to File State and Federal Taxes

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Residents of 12 NJ Counties Affected by March Storm Benefit from Tax Filing Extension

As residents rush to complete and file their taxes by tonight’s midnight deadline, Senator Tom Kean (R-21) has issued a reminder that many New Jerseyans have received an automatic extension to May 11 to file their state and federal income taxes returns. The extension is the result of the declaration of Presidential Disaster Relief Areas for twelve New Jersey counties that suffered from severe storms, flooding, mudslides and landslides last month.

“Many areas of New Jersey were hit hard by the severe storms that swept through our state in March,” said Kean. “Twelve counties were declared federal disaster areas, which has resulted in the extension of the deadline for filing state and federal taxes to May 11 for the residents of those counties.”

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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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