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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Democrats – “Me Think You Protest Too Much”

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The following statement was released by State Senator Joseph Pennacchio (R-Morris Passaic) a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee:

“For eight years, Democrats under McGreevey and Corzine taxed, borrowed and spent our state almost into fiscal oblivion. The last Republican budget, under Governor DiFrancesco, had a $1 billion surplus. Under Democrat control – total control, spending has doubled, debt tripled and taxes have been raised over 113 times by $7 billion a year. With all the taxing, borrowing and spending, New Jersey still found itself with an $11 billion budget hole for Fiscal Year 2011.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Offers Legislation to Rescue Unemployment Insurance Fund

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The following is an editorial by Senator Joe Pennacchio of New Jersey’s 26th legislative district:

Since I entered the State Legislature in 2001, I have consistently voted against raiding our state’s Unemployment Insurance Fund. I argued that those raids would cause deficiencies in the fund during periods of recession when they would be needed the most. Unfortunately, I was right.

New Jersey has had to borrow money from the Federal Government just to meet current benefit obligations. We currently owe $1.4 billion. Some would say that the answer to our current deficit is to borrow more and increase taxes. This approach is irresponsible and would just postpone and prolong the problem leading to a debt of more than $4 billion in just one year, and would postpone the fund’s solvency until 2019.

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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 Jennifer Beck

12th District Legislators Call for Investigation of Possible Consumer Fraud in Case of Bridal Shop Closure

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The 12th District Legislators call upon New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow and Acting Director of Consumer Affairs Sharon M. Joyce to investigate the possibility of consumer fraud against the owner of Enzo’s Bridal, Manalapan, which suddenly closed last week while still processing orders.

Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande were shocked to learn that Enzo’s Bridal, located on Route 9, left so many brides-to-be in the lurch, many apparently without any notice.

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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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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Diane Allen

District 7

Kip Bateman

District 16

Jennifer Beck

District 11

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Joe Kyrillos

District 13

Steven Oroho

District 24

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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