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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Opposes Bill Eliminating Superintendent Salary Caps

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Education Committee Passes Bill on Partisan Lines

Senator Mike Doherty (R-23), a member of the Senate Education Committee, opposed the committee’s approval of legislation (S-692) that would hurt property taxpayers by prohibiting the New Jersey Department of Education from regulating the maximum salaries for school district superintendents.

Doherty: No Shortage of Candidates for Superintendent Positions with Salary Cap

Superintendents are among the most highly compensated individuals anywhere in the state of New Jersey, and whenever these positions open up with this salary cap in place, you get dozens, if not hundreds of applicants. Removing the salary cap is unnecessary, and will lead to unnecessary property tax increases.

Posted by Mike Doherty on Friday, January 26, 2018

“The superintendent salary caps imposed in 2011 were part of the successful effort to slow the out-of-control property tax growth that occurred during the McGreevey and Corzine administrations,” said Doherty. “It’s concerning that one of our first actions with Phil Murphy as Governor is an effort to undo an effective policy that worked to control property taxes. We shouldn’t remove this important protection for taxpayers.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio

ADVANCED: Pennacchio/Bucco Bill to Protect Students from Chronic Child Abusers

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Will Stop Schools from “Passing the Trash” to Other Districts

Legislation by Senators Joe Pennacchio (R-26) and Anthony Bucco (R-25) to stop teachers who have abused children from being allowed to move unnoticed from school to school was approved by the Senate Education Committee.

“Pass the Trash” legislation by Senators Pennacchio and Bucco passes the Senate Education Committee (©iStock)

The legislation, S-414, targets the problem of “passing the trash” in New Jersey school systems by requiring school districts, charter schools, and contract service providers to review all employment history of potential employees.

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District 10

Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin Oppose Offshore Drilling

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10th District Legislators Warn of Potential Environmental and Economic Harm to the Jersey Shore

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin of the 10th Legislative District announced their opposition to President Trump’s plan to allow for oil and natural gas drilling off the Jersey Shore.

Crews battle a roaring fire after the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil drilling rig exploded in 2010. An estimated 5 million barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. (Wikipedia)

Executive Order No. 13795, which seeks to encourage oil and natural gas production along the Atlantic coastline, was signed by the President last year.

“For many years we have opposed any sort of offshore drilling in State waters,” stated Senator Holzapfel. “Our economy relies heavily on the fishing and shipping industries as well as the billions of dollars generated each year from tourism. The impact of a single oil spill would permanently damage the ocean’s ecosystem and cause economic harm to all states that border the Atlantic Ocean.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Launches Online Petition to Stop the PennEast Pipeline

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Calls on Impacted Residents to Help Convince NJDEP to Block Proposal

Senator Kip Bateman launched an online petition to give residents who will be impacted by the proposed PennEast Pipeline the opportunity to influence the approval process.

Sen. Kip Bateman launched an online petition to stop the PennEast Pipeline. (

“As a legislator who represents families that will be impacted by PennEast, I want to demonstrate to the NJDEP the massive opposition that exists to building the pipeline,” said Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset). “I’m asking everyone who’s opposed to PennEast to sign my online petition. This is your chance to ensure that your voice is heard.”

Bateman’s petition to stop the PennEast Pipeline can be signed at

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Editorial: Ensuring Justice for Victims of Domestic Violence

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The following editorial by Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) on protecting victims of domestic violence was published by The Record on January 22, 2018:

As the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I’ve interviewed thousands of judges, prosecutors, and others involved in New Jersey’s criminal justice system, and heard countless hours of testimony.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale writes about why we must help women to escape from abusive relationships, ensure that abuse can be identified and reported by law enforcement, and prevent overzealous prosecutors from blaming and imprisoning victims of domestic violence. (Wikimedia Commons)

I’ve listened to citizens who have come before us to raise concerns about our legal process, and worked with other legislators, judges, attorneys, and advocates to ensure that anyone who touches our court system in any way gets a fair shake.

Despite our best efforts, many victims of domestic violence continue to face an uphill battle in getting the justice they deserve.

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Bill Warning Commuters of Pending Road Work Passes Committee

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Says Notification System Can Prevent Road Congestion for Commuters

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-40) to alert commuters of traffic that might result from planned road work was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Legislation by Sen. Kristin Corrado requires bi-state transportation agencies to alert commuters of planned road work that might impact traffic. (Pixabay)

“Our hard working families depend on accessible transportation to and from work. Without notification, city workers can lose out on valuable employment,” said Corrado. “Providing accurate communication to commuters allows people to properly plan according to detours and traffic.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman’s “Socks for the Homeless Day” Resolution Passed by Committee

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman designating February 14 of each year as “Socks for the Homeless Day” has been approved by the Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee.

“Most of us take for granted having clean socks to wear every day,” said Bateman. “Homeless people don’t have that luxury. They know that clean, dry socks are critical in protecting their health, comfort, and overall well-being. I’m glad to help raise awareness of the importance of socks for the homeless.”

The joint resolution, SJR-17, has been championed by Tom Costello Jr., founder and Chief Sock Person at The Joy of Sox, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides socks for the homeless.

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District 9

Committee Advances Connors-Rumpf-Gove-Supported Bill Requiring Turnpike Meetings in South Jersey

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The Senate Transportation Committee passed legislation (S-246) prime-sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors and co-sponsored by Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would require that at least two regular meetings each year of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority be held on a rotating basis in Ocean County, Atlantic County, and Cape May County.

A bill sponsored by Connors, Rumpf & Gove requires at least two meetings each year of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to be held on a rotating basis in Ocean, Atlantic, and Cape May counties. (

The legislation also proposes that one regular meeting of the Authority be held in Bergen County and at least one meeting be held in Salem, Gloucester, and Camden counties on a rotating basis. Currently, regular meetings of the authority are held on a monthly basis in the Authority’s Administration Offices located in Woodbridge.

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Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson Applauds Amazon’s Selection of Newark as HQ2 Finalist

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Senator Sam Thomson (R-Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean) applauded Amazon’s decision to highlight Newark as one of the finalist locations that might host a new United States headquarters. Known as HQ2, Amazon proposes to invest $5 billion and to create up to 50,000 high-paying jobs at the new facility.

Sen. Sam Thomson applauded Amazon’s decision to highlight Newark as one of the finalist locations that might host a new headquarters. (©iStock)

“We’ve shown that when New Jersey positions itself to be competitive, we can be a serious contender for opportunities like HQ2 that can lead to serious investment and job growth,” said Thompson. “I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Newark made it into the list of finalists for HQ2 just days after our pro-economic growth legislation was enacted.”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale Commends Senate Confirmation of Attorney General Gurbir Grewal

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) praised the New Jersey Senate’s confirmation of Gurbir Grewal to be New Jersey’s 61st Attorney General.

Sen. Gerald Cardinale praised the New Jersey Senate’s confirmation of Gurbir Grewal to be New Jersey’s 61st Attorney General. (©iStock)

Grewal, the former Bergen County Prosecutor, was approved unanimously the Senate.

Cardinale made the following remarks on the Senate floor prior to the vote:

“Gurbir is a very exceptional human being. He was appointed to be prosecutor in Bergen County. There was a lot of resistance because he was not part of the good old boys network.

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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

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