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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.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following on the anniversary of September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks:
“Thirteen years ago, thousands of innocent Americans became sudden victims of terror. Today, we remember and pay tribute to those who truly embodied perseverance, courage, and heroism not only on September 11, 2001, but also during the difficult days of recovery and rebuilding. We hold first responders, victims and their families in our hearts. Their strength stands as a testament to American resiliency. Today, we reflect on how our nation has come together in the past 13 years to overcome one of the darkest days of our history. We remember and honor those who gave and make tremendous sacrifices for us all.”
Christie Signs Trio of Bucco Bills to Improve Public Safety, Allow Land Preservation or Development, Reform Alimony Laws
Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a trio of bills sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to enhance public safety, spark new economic growth or land preservation and reform the state’s alimony laws.
Gov. Christie signed Senator Bucco’s S-1560 into law to enhance the New Jersey State Police with military veterans.
“On this day that we remember one of our nation’s darkest tragedies and honor all of those who defend our freedom, it is fitting for the state to lead by example and hire our heroes and heroines,” Bucco said.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer reforming New Jersey’s alimony laws to eliminate lifetime awards and establish guidelines for the amount and duration of awards has been signed into law by Governor Christie.
“These needed reforms will make sure a spouse who has faithfully met their financial obligation isn’t unfairly forced to work through retirement in order to continue making payments, while still making sure a dependent spouse is treated fairly after a divorce,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “The state’s alimony laws were out of touch with today’s society where both partners in a marriage often have careers and unfairly overburdened spouses with crippling lifetime awards. Under these reforms, the courts will no longer be operating with an assumption that either spouse will be dependent on the other for the rest of their lives after a divorce.”