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Super Bowl in NJ Gaining Momentum

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Kean’s Resolution to be Voted on in Key Committee as AZ Withdraws Bid to Host Biggest Game

The possibility that New Jersey will play host to Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014 gained traction over the weekend. On Friday, Arizona announced that they would no longer be applying to host the Super Bowl that year, leaving New Jersey, South Florida and Tampa as the remaining three finalists.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean: Governor Expands Unemployment Reforms

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean commented today on an initiative by Governor Christie that would adjust unemployment insurance fund benefits to ensure the stability of the fund. A constitutional amendment, sponsored by Senators Kean and Sweeney, banning future raids on the unemployment fund will be voted on by the voters in November.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Announces O’Toole’s Appointment to Senate Judiciary Committee

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean announced today that Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) will be appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee to replace Senator Bill Baroni. Senator O’Toole will replace Senator Baroni beginning with the March 1, 2010 meeting.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Pension Bill Estimated to Save Towns and Schools Nearly $1 Billion Over Three Years

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Senator Michael Doherty’s employee health care reform legislation, Senate Bill 3, is estimated to save taxpayers nearly $1 billion over the next three fiscal years. The bill, which passed the Senate by a vote of 36 to 0 on Monday, will require state, local and school employees to pay at least 1.5% of their base salaries toward their health benefits.

“Nearly every private sector and federal government employee pays a far larger share of the soaring cost of health care coverage than this bill requires,” Senator Doherty said. “Our state is on the brink bankruptcy in part because we haven’t made the common sense changes to state and local benefit plans that many employers adopted decades ago.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

12th District Legislators Request Update on Status of Fort Monmouth Revitalization Plan

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Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande have recently written to officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requesting an update on the status of the Fort Monmouth revitalization plan.

The plan was submitted on September 5, 2008, but no word of approval has come back from either HUD or the Department of Defense (DOD).

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Kyrillos Says Senate Must Act with Urgency on Cabinet Nominations

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Senator Joe Kyrillos, a senior Republican senator on the Judiciary Committee, said he hopes that there are no further delays of hearings and votes on the governor’s nominees. The Senate Judiciary Committee adjourned today before a vote on the education commissioner’s nomination or selection of a date when the hearing will be resumed.

“The governor needs to have his team in place if government is to function smoothly,” Kyrillos said. “Delays make it more difficult for nominees to assemble their own teams and begin working on behalf of taxpayers.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck, O’Scanlon & Casagrande “Diploma Mill” Bill Passes Senate by Vote of 38-0

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The 12th District Legislators are please to announce that S-826, known as the “Diploma Mill Bill” was passed today in the State Senate.

The bill requires that in order for a public school employee to receive tuition assistance for coursework or a completion of a degree that the college or university be fully accredited. This bill was created in response to school employees using on-line “diploma mill” programs to increase their salaries.

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District 9

Senate Passes Connors, Rumpf & Gove Bill Authorizing Towns to Offer Free Beach Badges to Military Personnel

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In an overwhelming display of support, the full Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would allow municipalities to provide free or reduced-fee beach badges to active military and New Jersey National Guard personnel, as well as their spouses and children over the age of 12.

The 9th District Lawmaker’s legislation (S-114) seeks to amend current law, which only authorized municipalities to provide free or reduced beach badges to persons 65 or older and certain disabled individuals. Existing law also provides that children under the age of 12 cannot be charged for beach badges.

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean Statement on Senator Bill Baroni

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean made the following statement today after it was announced that Senator Bill Baroni has been appointed to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey:

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean Pleased With Treasurer’s Grace, Competence Under Pressure

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement praising the Judiciary Committee’s approval of Andrew Eristoff’s nomination as New Jersey treasurer. The nomination now goes to the full Senate:

“Acting Treasurer Eristoff demonstrated astonishingly deep knowledge of state finances though he has been on the job for only a few weeks,” Senator Kean said. “He answered question after question from senators with graciousness and candor.

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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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