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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Stockton College a Stabilizing Presence in a Region Shaken by Casino Closures
As plans for Atlantic City’s economic transition and recovery continue to be deliberated, it is important that we recognize Richard Stockton College of New Jersey for what has proudly become – a stabilizing institution for the area.
Recently, Stockton College of New Jersey is again in the top tier of Best Regional Colleges and Universities of the North, rated at 60 out of 139 public and private Northern schools in the U.S. News and World Report’s annual edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” Added to this, the College has been ranked as one of the top 15 public schools in the North, at No. 14 by U.S. News. For six consecutive years now, Stockton has placed in the first tier.
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) provided school supplies to more than 175 preschool and kindergarten students in Palmyra and Beverly City in partnership with the National Foundation for Women Legislators and Office Depot Inc.
Sackpacks filled with pencil cases and supplies donated by Office Depot Inc. were given to students at Palmyra Charles Street School and Beverly City School. NFWL has a longstanding partnership with the office supply store chain to provide students across the country with needed supplies.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) introduced legislation to allow free New Jersey fishing licenses for people with disabilities.
“People with disabilities should have every opportunity to try and to enjoy the experiences and resources that we can sometimes take for granted,” Beck said. “This particular initiative is inspired by constituents who wish to enjoy New Jersey’s beautiful parks and bodies of waters but otherwise may not have the financial means to do so.”
Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) calls on the Passaic Valley Water Commission to immediately halt its planned $135 million Garret Mountain reservoir project that stands to impact people’s drinking water, property values, utility rates and the environment.
“Given the overwhelming opposition and concerns by the surrounding community, I’m calling on the water commission to stop all work on this project immediately,” O’Toole said. “It is unacceptable for a major project that impacts so many people’s lives in various ways to be schemed behind closed doors, without public input.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to facilitate charitable contributions for county and municipal libraries has been signed into law by Governor Christie.
Senator Allen’s bipartisan legislation, S1803, gives taxpayers the option on their tax return to contribute a portion of their tax refund to support county and municipal libraries. The option to donate to the “Local Library Support Fund” will be added to 2015 state income tax returns.
New Jersey Senators Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Dawn Addiego (R-Burlington) issued the following statement urging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to resign or be fired by league ownership:
“Roger Goodell downplayed domestic violence and assault for nothing but selfish reasons, ignoring his responsibility to be a role model and a leader of men in a sport that is played or watched by people of all ages in virtually every American community, school and household.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) joined with fellow legislators and the New Jersey State Association of Jewish Federations at a press conference at the state house to support legislation, AR154, showing solidarity with the State of Israel and the Jewish community. An identical version of the resolution was introduced in the Senate today.
“New Jersey has long had a strong tie to Israel and it’s more important now than ever that we take a stand to support Israel’s right to defend itself against unprovoked attacks from Hamas. The needless bloodshed wrought by Hamas is terrorism at its worst. I’m proud to support this resolution and urge continued congressional support of Israel and its ability to protect its people and ensure a future free of violence.”
Singer Speaks About His Daughter, Sarri, Injured in a 2003 Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem
Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) joined with a bipartisan group of legislators and the New Jersey State Association of Jewish Federations at a press conference at the New Jersey State House to announce legislation showing solidarity with the State of Israel and the Jewish community.
Senator Singer is a sponsor of a bipartisan resolution, AR-154, introduced today expressing support for Israel as it defends itself against unprovoked rocket attacks from Hamas terrorist organization. The resolution urges congress to take additional action to support the funding of the Iron Dome and calls for the demilitarization of Hamas in any peace negotiations.
Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Parker Space, R-Sussex, Warren, Morris, issued the following statement after joining business organizations and concerned citizens in a State House rally in support of legislation they sponsor to repeal the state’s death tax, or estate tax.
The District 24 legislators were joined by fellow lawmakers, Americans For Prosperity, the 60 Plus Association, Commerce and Industry Association, CPA Society of New Jersey and the National Federation of Independent Businesses.
Senator Jennifer Beck and Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande announced $2.3 million in state Schools Development Authority (SDA) grants for Freehold Regional High School and Freehold Township school improvement projects.
“We commend this vast and profound commitment to our students and educators, by continuing record funding levels in this program to ensure children and teachers work in the safest and most secure learning environments,” Beck said. “This is one of the few initiatives where we see residents’ hard-earned state tax dollars and property tax dollars directly infused into the classroom to foster our next generation of leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs.”