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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Slam CRDA’s Funding of Poetry Readings

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Calling it the height of absurdity, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove slammed the reported intention of the Casino Reinvestment and Development Authority (CRDA) to earmark an unspecified amount of funding for summer poetry reading in Atlantic City.

The CRDA’s intentions to fund poetry readings were reported by the Press of Atlantic City in an April 28, 2015 article.

Connors, Rumpf and Gove issued the following joint statement regarding the Press of Atlantic City report on the CRDA’s reported proposed expenditure:

“As the saying goes, Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Only in the case of Atlantic City, poetry will be read in midst of a different kind of crisis – a fiscal and economic crisis.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean, Whelan Bill to Expand ‘Project Medicine Drop’ Signed Into Law

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Part of Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Package

Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Jim Whelan to assist the public in safely disposing of unused or expired prescription medications has been signed into law.

Sen. Tom Kean watches as Gov. Chris Christie speaks after signing into law his bill strengthening the Project Medicine Drop program at the New Brunswick Counseling Center in New Brunswick on April 29, 2015. (SenateNJ.com)

The law, S-2369, codifies in state statute and expands the “Project Medicine Drop” program which provides for secure collection and safe disposal of unused and expired prescription drugs and household medications.

“The expansion of anonymous drug drops to any law enforcement agency in the state can prevent drug abuse, addiction and serious health effects, especially among teenagers,” said Senator Kean (R-Union, Morris, Somerset). “We are doing everything possible to raise prevention awareness and limit the chances that people, especially our most vulnerable youths, are exposed to or have easy access to dangerous substances.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck & Weinberg on NFL Decision to End Tax-Exempt Status

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Senators Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) stated the following on the reported decision by the National Football League to give up its long-held tax-exempt status:

Sens. Jennifer Beck and Loretta Weinberg said the NFL decision to go private does not mean less scrutiny of how the NFL deals with – or fails to deal with – domestic violence. (©iStock.com/33ft)

“Last September, in the aftermath of the highly-publicized Ray Rice domestic violence case, we stood with our women legislative colleagues and called for the elimination of the NFL’s tax exempt status. In response to pressure from state legislators, members of Congress and the public, it appears the NFL has decided on its own to give up its tax exemption.

“The NFL for too long has been given special treatment. This league, which brings in billions of dollars a year, and is followed by millions of people of all ages, has operated on too many occasions as if it is above the law – including turning a blind eye to domestic violence. While it has taken some action to amend internal policies, there’s still a lot more to be done.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Call on State to Rescind $3 Tices Shoal Walk-In Fee

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“A money-grab by the state,” is what Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove are calling the newly established $3 walk-in fee accessed on those who enter Island Beach State Park through the Fisherman’s Walkway adjacent to Tices Shoal.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove oppose the new $3 walk-in fee assessed on those who enter Island Beach State Park through the Fisherman’s Walkway adjacent to Tices Shoal. (NJDEP)

The 9th District delegation, whose legislative district includes Island Beach State Park, has written to New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin calling for the state to rescind the fee which Connors, Rumpf and Gove all stated targets boaters. The delegation’s April 16, 2015 letter to Commissioner Martin reads as follows:

Dear Commissioner Martin:

This outreach concerns the newly established $3 walk-in fee assessed on those who enter Island Beach State Park through the Fisherman’s Walkway adjacent to Tices Shoal.

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Senate Republican Leadership Team Culminates Rollout of NJ Job Creation & Economic Growth Package

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The Senate Republican leadership team held a State House press conference to culminate their statewide rollout of a 36-bill job creation and economic growth package that will not cost taxpayers extra money.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean speaking at the jobs package press conference at the New Jersey State House in Trenton on April 23, 2015, with Sen. Diane Allen. (SenateNJ.com)

“In an age when officials in Trenton like to talk a lot about jobs, Senate Republicans have been actually bringing job-creating and economic growth solutions to stakeholders, employers, entrepreneurs, educators and innovators in all corners of the state and from diverse backgrounds,” said Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean. “We’re excited that many of the cost-neutral jobs solutions we’ve unveiled over the past several months have already garnered bipartisan sponsorship and votes, as well as the support of various representatives of the business and higher education community. We’re now trying to accelerate this momentum to finish the job for New Jersey families and people in the workforce.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Trenton Democrats’ Efforts Would Be Better Spent Supporting Legislation to Strengthen Pension System

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris) urged Democrat legislative leaders to put politics aside and join two of the states largest public sector unions in supporting legislation to support both the pension system and the revitalization of Atlantic City.

Senator Pennacchio’s proposed constitutional amendment, SCR-134, would allow video slot wagering at New Jersey’s horse racing facilities. Revenues would support the state’s pension system and Atlantic City revitalization. (Pcb21/Wikimedia Commons)

“Rather then political pandering, Trenton Democrats should be focusing their attention on practical long term solutions to this problem,” said Pennacchio. “The legislation I introduced last summer could generate hundreds of millions of dollars to support the pension system and to revitalize Atlantic City without raising taxes or cutting services for families.”

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Senate Republican Leadership Team to Culminate Rollout of NJ Job Creation & Economic Growth Package

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The Senate Republican Leadership team will hold a State House press conference on Thursday, April 23 to culminate their statewide rollout of a 36-bill job creation and economic growth package.

Senate Republicans have rolled out segments of the package at events around New Jersey. (©iStock.com/courtneyk)

When: Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Room 319 (Senate Republican Caucus Room) of the New Jersey State House, 125 West State Street, Trenton, NJ

Who: Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean; Deputy Republican Leader Diane Allen; Conference Leader Robert Singer; Deputy Conference Leader Jennifer Beck

Availability: Full, open

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean on the Passing of Bennie Rice, Sr.

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following on the passing of Bennie Rice, Sr., the father of Senator Ronald L. Rice:

Bennie Rice, Sr., the father of Senator Ron Rice, passed away at the age of 89.

“The Senate Republican caucus and I extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Bennie Rice, Sr. As a colleague of Senator Rice and former classmate of Ron Rice Jr., I have come to know this incredible family quite well over the years.

“Bennie Rice, Sr. led by example, leaving a legacy of hardworking and dedicated children and grandchildren who continue to fight for the people of New Jersey.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Extradition of Cop-Killer Chesimard Must Be Priority in Upcoming Talks with Cuba

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Senator Joe Pennacchio released the following statement in response to news that the United States Department of State and Cuba are expected to begin talks about the extradition of Joanne Chesimard:

Joanne Chesimard is wanted for escaping from prison in Clinton, New Jersey, while serving a life sentence for murdering a New Jersey State Trooper. She relocated to Cuba in 1984, where she is thought to still be living. (FBI)

“As a long time advocate for her extradition, I’m encouraged to see this opportunity to finally return Joanne Chesimard to U.S. law enforcement where she can face the penalties she deserves for her heinous crime,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris). “Chesimard has been allowed to escape justice for more than 30 years. I can’t imagine the pain that the family of Trooper Werner Foerster has endured all these years knowing that his killer has been allowed to go free while they continue to mourn his death. The President must seize on the opportunity of these upcoming talks with Cuba to restore justice for the Foerster family, New Jersey and all of America by demanding the extradition of Chesimard.”

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Kyrillos Announces Hazlet Beautification Project for Routes 35 and 36

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In an effort to improve Routes 35 and 36 in the Hazlet corridor, Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) has announced a beautification project which includes the planting of nearly 85 Okame Cherry, Red Maple, Willow Oak and American Holly trees throughout 11 jughandles, expected to begin as early as next week.

Hazlet, NJ (Google Maps)

“Improvements to jughandles along Routes 35 and 36 will not only provide a nicer quality of life for the residents of Hazlet but also the thousands of commuters that travel those corridors every day en route to Holmdel, Middletown, Red Bank, Sandy Hook, the shore points and beyond,” said Senator Kyrillos.

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