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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Statement on Amtrak’s Penn Station Repairs & Long-Term Rail Delays

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Highlights Importance of Gateway Project to Replace Century-Old Rail Tunnels

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said that Penn Station track repairs announced by Amtrak that will result in more than a year of potential rail delays show the great cost of delaying critical infrastructure work. The projects follow on the heels of several recent service disruptions that caused massive delays for NJ Transit commuters into Manhattan.

Sen. Tom Kean said that expected long-term delays from Penn Station track repairs announced by Amtrak show the great cost of deferring critical infrastructure work. (Amtrak)

“New Jersey commuters will once again pay the price for Amtrak’s failure to properly maintain its rails,” said Kean. “Recent derailments and service disruptions have demonstrated the risk of deferring maintenance on Amtrak’s aging rail infrastructure. It seems likely that work that may have caused a minor inconvenience at an earlier date will now result in major long-term delays. Amtrak should do everything possible to minimize the impact on commuters.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman: DEP Ruling Proves PennEast Can’t Build Pipeline Unless We Let Them

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Following the NJ DEP’s decision to reject a permit application submitted by PennEast that is necessary for construction to begin, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman urged homeowners to stand strong in opposition to the pipeline.

Sen. Kip Bateman lauded the NJ DEP’s ruling to reject PennEast’s water permit application and urged property owners to continue to block PennEast from surveying their land. (SenateNJ.com)

“The DEP made the right call. It is astounding that PennEast would even attempt to file an application, when 70 percent of property owners refused to let the company survey their land,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “I strongly urge every homeowner to remember that PennEast has no legal right to trespass on your property. Don’t back down now. We could be 30 days away from winning this fight. The DEP’s ruling proves that PennEast can’t build this pipeline unless we let them.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Applauds Federal Court for Declaring Unconstitutional NJ’s Ban on Ownership of Stun Guns

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) applauded a settlement to a federal legal challenge of state law brought by the New Jersey Second Amendment Society (NJ2AS) that would bring to an end the state’s outright ban on the civilian ownership of stun guns.

Sen. Anthony Bucco applauded a federal court settlement that would bring to an end New Jersey’s outright ban on the civilian ownership of stun guns. (Wikimedia Commons)

“This is a victory for the law-abiding people of New Jersey who want the non-lethal capability to protect themselves with a stun gun,” said Bucco. “This federal court order sends the message that the State of New Jersey has gone too far in interfering with the Second Amendment rights of New Jerseyans to protect themselves and their families.”

The consent order issued by the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey declared unconstitutional the state’s outright ban in N.J.S.2C:39-3(h), the section of state law stating that “any person who knowingly has in his possession any stun gun is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Voices Opposition to Central Jersey Natural Gas Compressor Project

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Middlesex, Mercer, Hunterdon, Somerset) voiced his opposition to a portion of the Williams Transco Northeast Supply Enhancement project that would put a massive natural gas compressor in central New Jersey, joining the Middlesex and Somerset county freeholder boards who came out against the proposed project this week.

Sen. Kip Bateman joined the growing opposition to a natural gas transmission project that includes a massive new compressor in central New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“The people of Middlesex and Somerset counties don’t want this project,” Senator Bateman said. “It could have a negative effect on property values, and it could be invasive on our communities. Residents are worried it might even be dangerous.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Following Yet Another Six-Figure Leave Payout, Beck Again Urges Action

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) is once again calling for immediate action on sick and vacation leave reform, following reports that Asbury Park taxpayers will pay $127,000 to cover the cost of a retiring Acting Police Chief’s buyback of unused leave time.

Sen. Jennifer Beck is once again calling for sick leave reforms following reports that Asbury Park taxpayers will have to pay $127,000 to cover the cost of the retiring Acting Police Chief’s buyback of unused leave time. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Acting Police Chief Salerno is a dedicated law enforcement officer who committed himself to the Asbury Park community,” Beck said. “That being said, the outdated practice of sick and vacation leave payouts has left struggling property taxpayers across New Jersey with rising tax bills they can’t afford. Think of the more productive services that Asbury Park could fund with that $127,000. By enacting reform, we can address the $2 billion sick leave liability for property taxpayers statewide.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Joined by Superintendents, Parents of 10 Underfunded & Overlooked School Districts to Push for Fair Funding

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) was joined at a press conference today by superintendents and parents representing ten school districts that are among the most underfunded in the state to push for fair funding for their children’s education. The press conference was held outside the Assembly Budget Committee’s hearing with the Department of Education on their portion of the FY18 state budget.

Sen. Jennifer Beck was joined by superintendents and parents representing ten school districts that are among the most underfunded in the state to push for fair funding for their children’s education at a State House press conference on April 24, 2017. (SenateNJ.com)

“We’re fighting for funds in this budget cycle for underfunded districts. Reworking the school funding formula is a complex undertaking and no legislator will want to move funds if it makes the property tax crisis in their towns worse. That said, the underfunded districts cannot wait for another state budget cycle or another school year passing without getting relief,” said Beck. “At the very least, I’m asking my colleagues on the Senate and Assembly budget committees to provide our most underfunded and overlooked school districts with additional resources in the upcoming FY18 state budget. As for more comprehensive reform, I welcome a substantive discussion.”

Joining Beck today at the press conference and Assembly Budget Committee hearing were representatives from Freehold Borough, Red Bank, Monroe Twp., Kingsway Regional, Chesterfield, Robbinsville, Delran, Paulsboro, Rahway, and Swedesboro-Woolwich.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

MEDIA ADVISORY (4/24): Beck to Hold Press Conference with Underfunded School Districts at Assembly Budget Hearing

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) will hold a press conference with representatives from ten school districts that are among the most underfunded in New Jersey to push for additional state funding.

Sen. Jennifer Beck with parents from Freehold Borough and Red Bank who joined her at a Senate Budget committee hearing last year to highlight the state’s underfunding of their schools. (SenateNJ.com)

Representatives of the following school district will be in attendance:

Freehold Borough – orange shirts
Red Bank – red shirts
Monroe Twp. – purple shirts
Kingsway Regional – black shirts
Chesterfield – blue shirts
Robbinsville – dark green shirts
Delran – brown shirts
Paulsboro – red shirts
Rahway – red and black shirts
Swedesboro-Woolwich – blue shirts

The press conference will be held prior to the start of the Assembly Budget Committee’s hearing with the Department of Education on their portion of the FY18 state budget.

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale Responds to Proposal by Chief Justice Rabner to Block ICE Agents from NJ Courthouses

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Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39), a long-serving member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on the proposal by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner to stop Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from enforcing the law in New Jersey courthouses.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale expressed his concerns regarding Chief Justice Rabner’s proposal to preclude ICE agents from enforcing the law. (©iStock)

“Chief Justice Rabner’s proposal to preclude ICE agents from enforcing the law in our courthouses is wrong-headed and misses the mark. What should be obvious is that making our courts a sanctuary for illegals of any sort undermines the rule of law.

“In this case, the chief justice is not merely suggesting that witnesses that may be undocumented have sanctuary in our courthouses. He also suggests sanctuary for those who have committed serious crimes, in addition to being in this country illegally.

“Does being an illegal immigrant make one immune from our laws?

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck: Any Unneeded Horizon Surplus Should Be Returned to Subscribers

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Senator Jennifer Beck issued the following statement after today’s Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee hearing that examined the portions of the proposed FY18 state budget related to the departments of Health and Banking and Insurance:

Sen. Jennifer Beck said that any unneeded portion of Horizon’s surplus should be returned to subscribers. (©iStock.com)

“If there is ever a surplus that is in excess of what is appropriate to cover claims and ensure Horizon’s solvency, it should be returned to the subscribers who paid the premiums. That’s the only fair thing to do.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Joins Bipartisan Group of State Leaders to Urge Federal Government Support for Gateway Tunnel Project

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean joined a bipartisan group of state leaders who called on the federal government to continue support for the Gateway Tunnel trans-Hudson rail project:

Sen. Tom Kean joined a bipartisan group of state leaders to urge the federal government to recommit to the Gateway Tunnel project. (SenateNJ.com)

“Advancing the Gateway Tunnel project is critical to protecting New Jersey commuters and the region’s economy. Recent serious disruptions to rail traffic have highlighted the need for immediate action. It is imperative that the federal government reaffirms its commitment to Gateway, which will allow us to continue planning for this important project.”

Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Diane Allen

District 7

Kip Bateman

District 16

Jennifer Beck

District 11

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Joe Kyrillos

District 13

Kevin O'Toole

District 40

Steven Oroho

District 24

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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