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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.
Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) stated the following on Gov. Chris Christie’s nomination of Kevin O’Dowd as Attorney General:
“I have had the pleasure of knowing and working closely with Kevin for some time, and Governor Christie could not have nominated a superior individual to be our Chief Law Enforcement Officer. Kevin’s tenure in the Governor’s office and in the U.S. Attorney’s Office has been marked by tremendous successes highlighted Kevin’s deliberative nature and innate intelligence. I fully expect Kevin to bring these same skills to the Attorney General’s Office. I look forward to a swift confirmation process.”
Home-Baked and Store-Bought Treats Can Be Donated on Dec. 7 at 8th District Office on Rt. 70 in Medford
Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, Assemblyman Scott Rudder and Assemblyman Chris Brown will open their 8th District Legislative Office to collect donated home-baked cookies and sweet treats for shipment to U.S. military men and women deployed in Afghanistan and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
The office, located at 176 Route 70 East, just behind the Dunkin Donuts, will accept goodies on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“The cookie drive is a great opportunity to recognize the contributions of our military men and women, and a chance to share the spirit of the season with our soldiers who will not be able to spend the holidays with their loved ones,” said Senator Addiego. “We are hopeful families planning to do some holiday baking will remember our troops, and bake an extra batch to share with them.”
Bipartisan-supported legislation introduced by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove to strengthen current State law in a comprehensive effort to combat the growing heroin epidemic was advanced today by the Assembly Judiciary Committee. The delegation’s initiative was developed as part of a collaborative effort with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.
By targeting large scale drug dealers, the intent of the 9th District delegation’s anti-drug initiative would be to give prosecutors the option to grade the seriousness of a drug distribution offense by the number of dosage units involved rather than the actual weight of the drugs.
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) is pleased to announce that Burlington City has been awarded $600,000 to help rehabilitate low income homes and to make Memorial Hall, home of American Legion Post 79, better accessible to those with disabilities. The funding is being awarded through the state Department of Community Affairs Division of Housing and Community Resources Small Cities Community Development Block Grant program.
Of the funds, $200,000 will be used to rehabilitate up to 10 single family, low income owner-occupied homes in Burlington City. The remainder will be used to correct ADA-deficiencies at Memorial Hall, located at 540 High Street, and to install or reconstruct ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps.
O’Toole Blasts Assembly Dems for Discriminatory Hearing on Lane Closures; Raises Concerns about Sweetheart Deal for Fort Lee
Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) blasted Democrats for conducting today’s discriminatory Assembly Transportation Committee hearing about early September lane closures that affected the Fort Lee commuters without addressing why rest of New Jerseyeans must endure Fort Lee induced traffic every day.
“Today’s hearing is an example of the type of government waste that happens when out-of-touch Democrats try to score political points against an ever-popular governor,” O’Toole said. “What could possibly be the reason to hold a hearing specifically for Fort Lee commuters, to the determent of commuters from elsewhere?”