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A resolution sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck calling on New York, New Jersey and federal officials to reject the proposed Liberty Natural Gas (LNG) Port Ambrose Project was advanced today by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.
LNG has applied to federal authorities for permission to build a port in the ocean 17 miles off the coast of Jones Beach on Long Island and 24 miles off Long Branch, New Jersey. The proposal requires approval from the U.S. Maritime Administration, the Coast Guard and the governors of New York and New Jersey. Governor Chris Christie rejected a similar proposal in 2011.
“The Governor was right to deny this potentially catastrophic project once and we can’t afford to let it move forward now either,” said Beck (R-Monmouth). “The environmental and ecological impacts this port could have on the shore and accompanying tourism, shipping and fishing industries are far too great to ignore. Besides the inherent risk, there’s no evidence of a shortage of natural gas that would necessitate having this import facility in the first place.”
Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen) offered a glimpse of some New Jersey Senate Democrat false promises and fantasies about the federal Affordable Care Act for #ThrowBackThursday.
“No doubt, Senate Democrats held today’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the federal Affordable Care Act as a political stunt to take shots at the Christie Administration,” said Commerce Committee member Cardinale. “Try as they might, Democrats can’t hide from how their once-beloved Obamacare is causing devastating hardships on the people of New Jersey and America. Our President has established himself as a habitual liar and no number of committee hearings or task forces can change that reality.”
Senator Joe Pennacchio announced today that $6.2 million in state funding has been approved to support $15.5 million in school construction projects across the 26th District. The funding approved by the Christie Administration will go to support projects in 10 school districts throughout the 26th District.
“This funding will be put to good use making schools across the district a safer and better place for students and teachers alike,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris, Passaic and Essex). “I thank the Governor for this investment in our students and communities. These projects will add jobs and go a long way in helping districts meet the needs of all students.”
Senator Diane Allen announced today that $46.7 million in state funding has been approved to support $103 million in school construction projects across Burlington County. The funding approved by the Christie Administration will go to support 67 projects in 20 school districts throughout the county, including multiple projects in the 7th District.
“This significant investment from the state will make it much easier for local districts to provide a topnotch education to all students,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “A child’s environment greatly impacts their ability to learn. Assuring our classrooms and schools are safe, modern facilities equipped with necessary resources will go a long ways in helping students achieve their fullest potential.”
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) announced that the Christie administration has approved $37.8 million in grants to support 171 projects in 26 school districts in Monmouth County.
“On behalf of Monmouth County families, the Christie administration and I believe in this investment in our students and educators,” Kyrillos said. “State tax dollars are used best when they are in the right hands. Monmouth County’s schools perform among the best in the North East, but some are in dire need of structural and safety upgrades. We can trust that Monmouth schools will best capitalize on these grants to improve classrooms, labs and create healthy, state-of-the-art learning environments.”
Senator Gerald Cardinale today urged action on legislation ending lucrative sick leave payouts following news that Hackensack taxpayers are on the hook for $15 million to fund the unused sick and vacation time of city employees.
“For far too long taxpayers have been on the losing end of this ludicrous practice of awarding publicly funded jackpots to retiring local public employees who amassed unused sick days thanks to the blessing of good health,” said Cardinale (R-Bergen). “It’s time for Senate Democrats to pay attention to what’s best for all people by supporting measures to end these bloated checks that carry a $1 billion liability for New Jersey’s overburdened property taxpayers.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. announced today that Christine Shipley will serve as Executive Director of the Senate Republican Office.
“On behalf of our caucus, I thank Christine for stepping up to this vital leadership role in New Jersey’s Legislature,” said Kean (R-Union, Morris, Somerset). “Senate Republicans and our staff members appreciate her diligence, loyalty and how the people will continue to benefit from her diverse experiences in public service. There is not a more professional and upstanding individual to head the Senate Republican Office as we pursue the people’s priorities.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. stated the following about Gov. Chris Christie naming Regina Egea as the Governor’s Chief of Staff:
“I’ve known Regina for nearly a decade, as both the director of the authorities unit and as a local councilwoman. I have total confidence that she will excel in this new position and that she will serve Gov. Christie and the people of New Jersey well during the governor’s second term. I look forward to working with her and wish her the best of luck.”
Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) issued the following statement regarding Governor Chris Christie’s nomination of Kevin O’Dowd to serve as New Jersey’s next Attorney General:
“Kevin O’Dowd has an exemplary record of federal and state public service in both the United States Attorney’s Office and in the Governor’s Office. I have no doubt that he is the right person to serve as the next Attorney General of New Jersey.
“Personally, I have always found Kevin to be extremely knowledgeable, capable, and fair, a critique that I have heard repeated by legislators on both sides of the aisle.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. stated the following regarding Gov. Chris Christie’s nomination of Kevin O’Dowd as New Jersey Attorney General:
“I’ve known Mr. O’Dowd to be one of the most dedicated and devoted servants to the people of New Jersey, in his leadership position in this administration and his tenure in the U.S. Attorney’s office. Kevin is abundantly qualified to lead the state Department of Law and Public Safety for the next four years.