The Official Site of the

New Jersey Senate Republicans

District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Propose State Contract Set-Aside Program for Veteran-owned Businesses

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove announced today they will introduce legislation requiring the state’s contracting agencies to set aside at least three percent of their contracts for veteran-owned businesses.

Under the 9th District Delegation’s initiative, a “veteran business” would be defined as a business which has its principle place of business in New Jersey, is independently owned and operated and at least 51 percent of which is owned and controlled by persons who are veterans.

Continue Reading…

Senator Joe Pennacchio

Senator Pennacchio Looks for Efficiency in Rail Lines

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

State Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris, Passaic), a member of the Senate Budget and appropriations Committee, has asked the non-partisan Office of Legislative Services (OLS) to investigate how national efforts of regionalizing rail services could apply to New Jersey and New York rail lines. In light of a recent article in The Record which describes a potential $5 billion cost over run on the Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) rail tunnel, the Senator wants to make sure that New Jersey utilizes every avenue of efficiency and cost savings prior to building the ARC Tunnel. Recently, Governor Christie has put a 30 day moratorium on the project to study the cost overruns.

“AMTRAK has recently announced the construction of an additional rail tunnel under the Hudson,” Pennacchio stated. “Who is coordinating the rail transportation efforts? It makes no sense to have two redundant tunnels one built by ARC and another built by AMTRAK. It is quite possible, even probable that turf battles with different bureaucracies running the rail lines, AMTRAK, LIRR, PATH and New Jersey Transit contribute to inefficiencies and redundant services ramping up the high cost of rail transportation.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Federal Audit Exposes Fiscal Flaws in Trans-Hudson Tunnel

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Senator Mike Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding a Federal audit that uncovered serious lapses in oversight on the new trans-Hudson tunnel. Last week Governor Christie ordered a 30 day suspension on additional work on the tunnel project.

“Published reports today indicated that fiscal safeguards and oversight on the ARC rail tunnel are either non-existent or seriously ineffectual. The flaws in the system were exposed by an audit done by the Federal government.

“The audit also estimated that cost overruns on the project could top more than $5 billion. New Jersey taxpayers and toll payers are already on the hook for $2.7 billion with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Federal government funding the balance.

Continue Reading…

Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Tunnel Project Delay Is Fiscally Prudent

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

30-Day Suspension Could Possibly Save Taxpayers Billions

Senator Mike Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding Governor Christie’s month-long postponement on work on the new trans-Hudson rail tunnel:

“Governor Christie is exactly right, we must delay any work on the tunnel to determine the best options for New Jersey taxpayers. On a more basic level we quite simply can’t spend money that we don’t have. The toll payers of the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway should not be forced to subsidize an $ 8.7 billion train tunnel to nowhere.

Continue Reading…

Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean: Study Demonstrates Need to Move Christie’s Reform Agenda

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement regarding a new study that reveals New Jersey’s outmigration rate is among the highest in the nation:

“Another study on the emigration of people from New Jersey is emphasizing the need for immediate, corrective measure to strengthen New Jersey’s economic position and policies. The time for fixing the blame is past. Now it is time to fix the problem.

Continue Reading…

Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale Bill Mandates DUI Tests Be Given in English

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Legislation Also Requires Drivers License Tests Be Given in English Only

Senator Gerald Cardinale, the ranking Republican Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced legislation this week that would require the Motor Vehicle Commission to conduct driver’s license examinations only in English. The bill would also require that DUI breath test warnings and explanations be given in English only.

“It is indisputable that the common language of the road in New Jersey is English.” Cardinale began. “It is only common sense that drivers licensed to operate vehicles by the State of New Jersey are able to understand the common language that regulates traffic throughout the state.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean Statement on Governor Christie’s Pension Reform Agenda

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

“Over the last two years, there has been a history of bipartisan progress that cannot be ignored. Whether it is ending borrowing without voter approval, controlling property taxes or beginning to restore solvency to the pension system, elected representatives of both parties have found common ground.

Continue Reading…

Senator Tom Kean

GOP Leaders Request Immediate Action on Governor’s Toolkit

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Package of Bills Would Help Towns Rein in Property Taxes

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce sent a letter today to Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver asking them to post Governor Chris Christie’s toolkit measures for a vote. The toolkit measures will help towns rein in property taxes through a number of comprehensive measures including binding arbitration reform and civil service reform.

“Giving municipalities the tools they need to lower property taxes, while still maintaining essential government services, should be a top priority for the Legislature, ” Kean stated. “We passed a historic two percent property tax cap over the summer and now we need to follow it up by passing substantive government spending restraints.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Clean Water Protection Bill Signed Into Law

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Legislation, S-2003, sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman that would fund clean water projects throughout the state was signed into law by the governor today. Senator Bateman is the senior Republican member of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

“New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the union,” Bateman stated. “It is very important, because of this density, that the state take all possible measures to ensure that our drinking water is safe.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Lautenberg & Menendez MIA in “Race to the Top” Question

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the silence of New Jersey’s two United States Senators and yesterday’s “Race to the Top” announcement:

“New Jersey already receives far less money from the federal government than it sends to Washington in taxes, less than any other state in the Union. So I guess the finger pointing by Senator Lautenberg is not surprising. He should want to obfuscate his abysmal record. I would hope in the future, New Jersey’s two U.S. Senators would concentrate more on making their home state more affordable than toeing the party line in Washington D.C.

Continue Reading…

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

Senate Republican Office

Contact Us

We Want to Hear from You!

Directions

Getting to the State House

Email Updates

Sign Up for Our Daily Update

Legislative Activity

Committees, Bills & Votes

Social Media

Easily Follow Our Accounts

- Proudly Serving the People of New Jersey -