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Bateman, Ciattarelli & Simon Congratulate Hillsborough, Again Named One of Top Small Towns in United States
Sen. Kip Bateman, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon, all R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex commended the residents, businesses and elected officials of Hillsborough after Money magazine tabbed the township as one of the best places to live in the country. Hillsborough, ranked No. 30, is the only New Jersey town in Money’s newly released Top 50 list. This is the fourth time in recent years the town has been spotlighted by the publication.
“Being recognized again as one of the Best Small Towns in the country is an incredible achievement for Hillsborough and all those who work so hard to make it a wonderful place,” said Bateman. “From its first-rate schools to its parks to its thriving community life, Hillsborough is an example of the many unique qualities that make this state so great.”
Speaking as the legislative representatives of one of the hardest hit areas by Superstorm Sandy, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove praised the enactment of legislation that will provide assistance to Sandy victims still involved in the recovery and rebuilding process.
Under the recently enacted law, applicants of Sandy assistance programs will be provided with a personal timeline establishing a general estimation of when an applicant can expect to receive assistance. This would apply to the applicants seeking funding from the Low- and Moderate-Income Program (LMI), in addition to the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation Program (RREM) and Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program (TBRA), and the Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency.
Quarterly goals for distributing Superstorm Sandy aid will be established under the newly enacted law. In addition, the state is now required to develop and maintain an Internet website or webpage providing information concerning recovery and rebuilding programs.
Senator Tom Kean joined Garden State craft brewers on a tour of Cape May Brewing Company’s new facilities to promote his three now-bipartisan jobs bills that would help expand opportunities for New Jersey’s brewing, agriculture, tourism, restaurant, retail, and transportation industries.
“I’m proud to have the support of New Jersey’s brewpubs, microbreweries and farmers in pushing this timely legislation to help grow multiple sectors of New Jersey’s economy and create new employment and tourism opportunities,” Kean said. “These three bills will draw more people to our attractions and eliminate prohibitions on how breweries can open, develop and expand. They will double-up on the vast successes of my bipartisan brewing legislation that was enacted in 2012.”
Kean: Extraordinary Maroon 5 Attendance Proves A-List Legislation Would Establish AC as Premier Entertainment Destination
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said that extraordinary attendance at Maroon 5’s Atlantic City beach concert proves that his bipartisan jobs and economic growth legislation, S-2721, is needed to help establish Atlantic City as a premier entertainment destination.
“The extraordinary attendance and revenue figures from Sunday’s Maroon 5 concert proves that we should immediately pass S-2721 that would repeatedly and consistently draw A-List performers to New Jersey,” Kean said. “The more than 50,000 fans who paid to see A-List performer Maroon 5 give us a glimpse of how Atlantic City can transform into a premier entertainment destination, drawing tourists from the most-densely populated northeast corridor; two of America’s largest cities that are less than two hours away; and from around the world via nearby international airports. With S-2721, Sunday’s results wouldn’t be an exception. They would be the rule.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer protecting consumers who fall victim to identity theft from debt collection was passed by the full Senate.
“Victims of identity theft can be buried in thousands of dollars of debt from fraudulent purchases before they even realize they have been victimized,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “This legislation makes sure victims of identity theft have a means to restore their lives and avoid the financial ruin of wrongly being tied to debt caused by fraud and no fault of their own.”
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) introduced a bipartisan resolution urging the President and Congress to designate the 9/11 Memorial Museum as a “national memorial.”
“As the 14th anniversary of our nation’s darkest day approaches, we must ensure that as many people as possible have access to the 9/11 Memorial Museum that honors the thousands of our loved ones, friends and neighbors who tragically lost their lives and put their lives on the line for America during and after these terrorist attacks,” Kyrillos said. “As it is, the Memorial Museum is cost prohibitive for the average family, which is being charged more than $100 for a tour. This museum symbolizes our prevailing freedom, resilience against terrorism and gives hope for a brighter future. It is incumbent upon our federal government to designate this as a national memorial — and allow access that is on par with other national attractions in Washington — due to the far-reaching impact 9/11 has had on Americans, how it has united our nation, how it has revealed so many heroes and heroines to save and fight for our fellow citizens and country.”
The Senate adopted a bipartisan resolution by Senators Joe Kyrillos and Jennifer Beck (both R-Monmouth), commending Dennis Drazin and the entire Monmouth Park Racetrack Team for their efforts in executing a historic day, featuring Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, at the 48th William Hill Haskell Invitational on August 2.
“With this year’s record Haskell Invitational, featuring a Triple Crown winner, Monmouth Park once again showed its economic importance for the region and state by drawing more than 60,000 spectators, a worldwide television audience and creating tens of millions of dollars in economic impact,” Kyrillos said. “The equestrian industry has a long and storied history in the Garden State, producing goods and services in excess of $710 million and providing tens of thousands of jobs, as well as generating significant revenue through racing and recreation.”
“Congratulations and big thanks to Mr. Drazin and the entire team for one of the most successful sports-tourism events in our state’s history,” Beck said. “This is a shining example of just how important Monmouth Park is as a driver of economic activity and jobs for our state, and we will continue to make sure state government will be a great companion as the park expands and moves forward into the future.”
New Jersey State Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris, Essex, Passaic) introduced legislation that would close a loophole that has allowed organizations such as Planned Parenthood to be paid for aborted infant body parts.
The Senator’s bill would also prohibit fetal baby tissue from being used for the purpose of researching any cosmetic treatment. The bill closes a state and federal loophole by denying any payment for the removal, processing, disposal, preservation, quality control, storage, transplantation or implementation of fetal tissue.
Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Jim Beach, Senator Dawn Addiego, Assemblyman Herb Conaway, Assemblyman Troy Singleton, Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg, officials running the Vets4Warriors program at Rutgers and the Burlington County Military Affairs Committee met on Wednesday to highlight the use of $8 million in special funding added to the state budget for veterans’ services, including money that will keep the Vets4Warriors program operating.
The Legislature and the governor worked together to fund the suicide prevention program operated by Rutgers when federal government announced it was going to discontinue its support by Friday. The special funding provides the money needed to keep Vets4Warriors operating and for other veterans’ services, including health care.
“For veterans struggling with the return to civilian life, having a strong and accessible peer support network can be the difference between life and death,” said Senator Addiego. “The Vets4Warriors program ensures that our returning heroes are never alone in their times of need.”
Bucco Bill Easing Process to Receive Special Veteran Designation on Driver’s License Signed Into Law
Legislation co-sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco simplifying the process for veterans to receive a veteran designation on their driver’s license was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
“Having a license or county ID card proving veteran status is more than just a convenience – it is a special designation that recognizes the heroic sacrifices made by the thousands of brave service men and women across New Jersey,” Senator Bucco said.