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Senator Jim Holzapfel

Ciesla, Wolfe & Holzapfel Call on Federal Government to Award Ocean County Disaster Aid

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Senator Andy Ciesla and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Jim Holzapfel (all R-10) were dismayed to learn that residents of Ocean County do not qualify for federal assistance to relieve any damages obtained during the March 12, 2010 storm that severely hit the coastal areas of New Jersey.

FEMA announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of New Jersey to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the severe storms and flooding.

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Senator Tom Kean

Today is National Census Day

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Tom Kean Encourages New Jersey Residents to Be Counted and Help Their Communities

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) encouraged New Jersey residents who have not yet completed and returned their census forms to do so in recognition of National Census Day. The 2010 United States Census is designed to take a snapshot of the country’s population as of April 1, 2010, which has been designated National Census Day.

“The results of the 2010 United States Census will help the federal government to make better decisions on how to allocate more than $400 billion of funding that is distributed annually to serve the public,” said Kean. “The census helps all levels of government to better plan and prioritize important projects, like building roads, hospitals and senior centers.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

FDU Public Mind Poll Validates Senator Mike Doherty’s Position on Misguided Revel Bailout

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Senator Mike Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following comments regarding the release of a Fairleigh Dickenson University/Public Mind poll quantifying the widespread public opposition to the $300 million tax break being offered to the Morgan Stanley Revel hotel project.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty to Introduce Legislation Barring Any State Employee’s Pay from Exceeding the Governor’s Salary

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Senator Mike Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, announced that he is drafting new legislation that would prohibit any state employee from making more than the governor.

“It is simply ridiculous that an employee of the state would qualify for a higher salary than the governor,” Doherty began. “The Governor of the State of New Jersey has by far the hardest job in the state and the most responsibility. The state payroll should reflect that fact.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Video: Tom Kean Talks About Creating Jobs and Economic Growth in New Jersey

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean appeared on Comcast Local Edition on March 11, 2010 to discuss current efforts to create jobs and address New Jersey’s high rate of unemployment, and to talk about ways that we can make the state a competitive destination for new and relocating businesses.

He noted the joint efforts of the Legislature and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, through the newly established Red Tape Review Commission, to identify burdensome and unnecessary state regulations that could quickly be eliminated.

Senator Kean also discussed the importance of lowering New Jersey’s highest in the nation tax burden to make us competitive with other states, and efforts to consolidate the state’s fragmented business support programs to make them easier to locate, navigate, and take advatage of.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Proposal to Reward Schools that Freeze Pay Is a Good, Common-Sense Idea

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following comments regarding Governor Christie’s plan to reward schools that freeze teacher pay with additional state funding:

“I whole-heartedly support Governor Christie’s proposal to reward those school systems that are working with the employees and the taxpayers to forge a reasonable budget in these difficult fiscal times. This is a common-sense reasonable response to those who are facing this fiscal crisis with a determination to fix the problem rather than the blame.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty & McHose Ask Dow to Join Anti-Obamacare Lawsuit

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Conservative leaders Call on Attorney General to Make NJ the 15th State; Receive Praise from Congressman Garrett

Senator Mike Doherty and Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose today called on New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow to join Attorneys General in 14 other states in a lawsuit that holds that the $940 billion federal health care package signed into law this week is unconstitutional. No Republican in either house of Congress supported the bill.

Attorneys General in Florida, Virginia, South Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Alabama, Louisiana, Colorado, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Washington, Idaho, South Dakota have already filed suit.

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Tom Kean

Kean & Bucco Urge Parties to Negotiate

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Find Common Ground to Prevent Teacher Layoffs or Instructional Cuts

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco issued the following statements encouraging school boards and employees’ unions to enter into talks to dodge mass layoffs:

“In several New Jersey communities, teachers and parents are coming together to find a balanced approach to protect the quality of classroom education for our children,” Kean stated. “With shared sacrifice, we can find the innovative solutions to keep teachers in the classroom with the tools they need to provide a quality education.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Call on NJ Transit to Hold Hearing in Ocean County on Fare and Service Proposal

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove are calling on NJ Transit to include Ocean County among the areas of the state in which it will hold a public hearing on fare and service proposals.  No hearing has been scheduled in Ocean County, while two hearings have been scheduled in Monmouth County.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Pension Reforms Signed into Law

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Senator Michael Doherty, a Republican member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following comment regarding his pension reform bill that was signed into law by Governor Christie. The bill would limit and require employees’ to contribute to their health benefits plans.

“This package of pension reforms has been nearly five years in the making. The Murphy Report commissioned in 2005, recommended many of the reforms that were signed into law yesterday. Included in the recommendations was my provision that public employees be required to contribute to their health benefits plans.

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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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