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Senator Tom Kean

Kean, O’Toole & Bucco Pleased Pension and Benefits Reform Will Be a Top Priority

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco and Senator Kevin O’Toole issued the following comments regarding the announcement by Senate President Steve Sweeney that pension and benefits reform would be a top priority.

“My colleagues and I are all-too-aware that the pensions and benefits systems are unsustainable at the current time,” Kean stated “This effort will build on the bipartisan cooperation on pension reform that was successful in the last legislative session. It is vital that we complete the process of identifying and implementing necessary reforms to ensure that rank and file employees’ retirement funds are safeguarded.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove New Committee Assignments Will Allow Delegation to Effectively Represent District

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have been officially notified by the Legislative Leadership of their committee assignments for the 2010-2011 Legislative Session.

Senator Connors will be retaining his seat on the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee, which will have a new Chairman for the Legislative Session. Senator Connors will also be serving on the newly created Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, McHose & Chiusano Hail Sunset of Income Tax Hikes

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Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano, all R-Sussex, Morris, and Hunterdon, today hailed news from the Christie administration that certain income tax hikes enacted under former Governor Jon Corzine and the Democrat-controlled Legislature have sunset.

“The fact that these onerous tax increases on income have sunset is welcome news for a state whose population has been inundated with taxes for the past eight years,” said Oroho. “Reducing taxes and cutting spending will help make New Jersey competitive again in attracting new businesses and spurring job growth.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Governor Christie Hits the Mark with Executive Order Banning Unfunded Mandates

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding Governor Chris Christie’s Executive Order banning most unfunded state mandates.

Doherty stated, “Governor Christie took an important first step towards lowering New Jersey’s highest in the nation property taxes with an Executive Order banning unfunded state mandates. For far too long Trenton politicians and bureaucrats have ignored the clear intent of state statute and inundated local government with expensive and arbitrary unfunded mandates.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean Pleased by Governor’s Refreshing Decisiveness, Character

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said he is pleased by executive orders that Governor Chris Christie signed today to revive the state’s economy, help businesses create jobs, and bring refreshing openness and accountability to government.

“These steps show that New Jersey citizens have chosen well and voted in a man of character and decisiveness,” Senator Kean said.

“On his first day on the job, Governor Christie used his first executive orders to take absolutely critical steps to get New Jersey’s economy moving and create jobs,” Senator Kean said. “He showed we have a governor who will pay more than lip service to openness and accountability in government.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Tom Kean

Pennacchio & Kean Congratulate Governor Christie for Making Transparency in Government a Priority

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Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean congratulated Governor Christie for making the Transparency in Government Act among his first Executive Orders. The Executive Order, which has the force of law, will create a searchable, easy-to-use Web site that taxpayers can use to track government spending.

“It’s been more than a year since I introduced this vitally needed legislation, yet without a full court press from former Corzine Administration, it failed to pass during the last session,” Pennacchio stated. “Today with the stroke of his pen Governor Christie made transparency in government the order of the day.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean Bill Banning Discrimination Against the Autistic Becomes Law

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Autistic adults and children will be protected from discrimination because a bill championed by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean of Westfield was signed into law today. The bill amends the state’s law against discrimination so that autism disorders are recognized causes of disabilities.

“Autistic residents will now receive the same protections as other disabled citizens from discrimination in access to housing, employment and public accommodations such as theaters, stores and restaurants,” Senator Kean said.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Says Corzine ‘Transparency’ Site Very Weak, Even for a First Effort

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris/Passaic) said he is “beyond frustrated” that Governor Corzine’s ‘transparency’ website isn’t user friendly for taxpayers.

“The site provides only the vaguest information on how government money is spent, and nothing on who gets the taxes and fees collected from state residents,” Pennacchio said. “It also does nothing to help taxpayers track how billions of dollars of federal aid are spent by state and local governments, who gets billions of dollars in aid to schools and municipalities, or how hundreds of millions of dollars in tolls and fees collected by sports, highway, port and bridge authorities are doled out.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Wonders What’s the Rush to Spend Money We Don’t Have

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Senator Steve Oroho, a member of the state Budget and Appropriations Committee, said he was outraged but not surprised by the decision of the Local Finance Board to rush through $121 million in ‘Special’ Municipal Aid grants.

“In past years, the board awarded these grants in April or May,” Oroho said. “Clearly, the Corzine administration is afraid that this process would not survive the scrutiny of a new governor who demands people play by the rules when handing out taxpayer money.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean Praises Martin, Schundler and Governor-Elect Christie

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean hailed Governor-elect Christie’s selection of Bob Martin as Environmental Protection Commissioner and former Jersey City Mayor Bret Schundler as Education Commissioner. These Cabinet-level positions are among the most important positions in the state, and Christie has chosen well, Senator Kean said.

“With these nominations, Governor Christie again has demonstrated his deep understanding of the most important needs of our state and his willingness to wholeheartedly embrace the change we need in Trenton,” Senator Kean said.

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Chris Brown

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Michael Doherty

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Jim Holzapfel

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Steven Oroho

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Declan O'Scanlon

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Joe Pennacchio

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Robert Singer

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Samuel Thompson

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