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Senator Kristin Corrado

District 40 Lawmakers Fight to Change Mail-in-ballot Laws to Prevent Fraud on Election Day

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In light of new reports that State law enforcement officials are investigating a number of vote-by-mail ballots cast after polls closed in Tuesday’s Cedar Grove municipal election, District 40 lawmakers Senator Kristin Corrado and Assemblymen Kevin Rooney and Christopher DePhillips today announced that they will introduce new legislation to upgrade penalties and bar anyone from filing official and completed absentee ballots after polls close on Election Day.

The legislation, which will be formally introduced in both houses shortly, would correct action taken by Governor Murphy in 2018 that drastically changed the mail-in-ballot process in New Jersey. The new District 40 bill would apply to both primary and general elections statewide.

Following reports that vote-by-mail ballots were cast after polls closed in Tuesday’s Cedar Grove municipal election, District 40 lawmakers will introduce new legislation to upgrade penalties and bar anyone from filing official and completed absentee ballots after polls close on Election Day. (©iStock)

“Anyone who has the audacity to bang on doors at 10:30 p.m. to round up extra votes has no business serving in government. That’s an egregious violation of public trust,” Senator Corrado said. “Until we take corrective action to limit the overreach of these new mail-in-ballot laws, people like Harry Kumburis will continue to exploit the system – and they won’t always be caught on tape. There is no greater threat to our local democracy than a candidate who is so consumed by power that they will do anything to win. Let’s fix this law now, before another election is put in jeopardy.”

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Senator Chris Brown

Brown Bill to Help Lower the Cost of College Now Law

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Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill sponsored by State Senator Chris Brown to achieve savings for middle-class families by requiring New Jersey’s colleges and universities to offer open license and freely available textbooks to students.

Sen. Chris Brown’s legislation to make college more affordable for middle-class families through the use of open source and freely available textbooks has been signed into law. (SenateNJ.com)

“Paying for college is a never ending experience in sticker shock for middle class families,” Brown said. “While the conversation to make college more affordable starts with tuition, we have to include the outrageous cost of textbooks.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer’s Bill to Provide Job Protection for NJ’s National Guard Members Advances

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Senator Bob Singer’s (R-30) legislation to ensure New Jersey National Guard members retain their civilian jobs throughout and after a State emergency has passed the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs committee.

Sen. Bob Singer’s legislation to ensure New Jersey National Guard members retain their civilian jobs throughout and after a State emergency unanimously has passed the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs committee. (WikiMedia)

“No employer, especially the State of New Jersey, should discriminate against an employee if they are called to serve during a State emergency,” Singer said. “Our National Guard members should never have to choose between serving their country, and maintaining their civilian career. These heroes should come home to their job, and we should be proud and thankful for their sacrifices.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Seeks to Elevate Conversation with New Medical Cannabis Bill

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) released details of his “wish list” medical marijuana program expansion legislation.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon released details of his “wish list” medical marijuana program expansion legislation. (Pixabay)

“I’ve worked with stakeholders over the last several months on this legislation. I included things I’d love to see in our final bill but realize, now that there is general agreement that we will quickly be moving something forward, that I won’t get everything I want. If this bill does nothing but spur conversation I’m fine with that,” said O’Scanlon “While I do support S-10, this is my wish list for the medical program revision. There are numerous policy changes in my legislation that we should consider now that we have several years of data on our existing program’s strengths and challenges.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Statement on Princeton Dinky Line Reopening

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Senator Kip Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset) released the following statement on the reopening of NJ Transit’s Dinky Line in Princeton.

Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery at a May 14 ceremony marking the reopening of the line.

Sen. Kip Bateman joins fellow local leaders to mark the May 14th reopening of the Dinky Line in Princeton. (SenateNJ.com)

 Hello and thank you for having me. I am so glad to see the Princeton Dinky Line reopen today.

NJ Transit’s three month hiatus should never have turned into an eight month halt. It was incredibly unfair to the people who utilize the Dinky on a daily basis. There is no doubt that this has been a very frustrating time for commuters and travelers in our area.

I commend the “Save the Dinky” group for their advocacy and determination to have the line restored as soon as possible. Please give yourselves a round of applause! My colleagues and I also worked together on a bipartisan basis, alongside your amazing local leaders, to support your efforts to end the shut down and get this train back on track – but we couldn’t have done it without you.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Applauds Sweeney’s Action on Medical Marijuana

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today praised action by Senate President Steve Sweeney to move forward with legislation expanding the State’s medical marijuana program. Sweeney’s announcement comes after O’Scanlon held a press conference yesterday calling for this action.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon applauded Senate President Sweeney’s announcement that he will move forward with legislation to expand New Jersey’s medical marijuana program. (Pixabay)

“I want to applaud the Senate President on his announcement to move forward with expanding our medical marijuana program,” said O’Scanlon. “This was not me forcing the issue – it was all of us coming together to make the right move for patients. That’s who this is ultimately about – people suffering who we have the power to help.”

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Senator Bob Singer

New Singer Bill Creates Penalties for Road Rage Crimes Committed Against School Buses

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Senator Takes Action Following Report of Man Who Shattered School Bus Window While Kids Were on Board

In response to a disturbing report of road rage in Howell, Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) has introduced legislation to create a new criminal mischief charge applicable to cases of road rage where a person damages a school bus in the presence of a child under the age of 16-years-old.

Following a disturbing report in Howell, Sen. Singer has introduced S-3703 to create a new criminal mischief charge applicable to cases of road rage where a person damages a school bus in the presence of a child under the age of 16. (SenateNJ.com)

“Even in a high-traffic state like New Jersey, it is hard to believe that any driver could get so angry that they would put innocent children in harm’s way,” Senator Singer said. “There is no excuse for attacking a school bus filled with kids. What happened in Howell is every parent’s worst nightmare. We need to take action now, so that drivers know that this type of reckless behavior is completely unacceptable.”

Senator Singer chose to take action after reading a May 1 New Jersey 101.5 report detailing the trauma children in Howell endured when a man shattered the window of their school bus during an April 16 road rage incident. See the video here.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer’s “New Jersey Economic Development Day” Signed Into Law

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Legislation Inspired by Local Orthodox Jewish Chamber Of Commerce

Senator Robert Singer’s resolution to name the second Monday of May as “New Jersey Economic Development Day” was signed into law.

Senator Robert Singer’s resolution to name the second Monday of May as “New Jersey Economic Development Day” was signed into law. (SenateNJ.com)

“The designation of a statewide ‘Economic Development Day’ honors and inspires our youth to create, build, and dream of a better New Jersey,” Senator Singer (R-30) said. “The Garden State is blessed with a well-educated workforce, an ideal location, easy-to-access public transportation, and the best schools in the nation. That is why our economy will continue to grow and thrive.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Approves Sweeney/Kean Resolution Establishing Special Committee for Economic Growth

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The Senate today approved a Senate resolution sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean establishing the “Senate Select Committee on Economic Growth Strategies” to identify the best strategies, policies and practices to create jobs, attract investments and generate long-term economic opportunities throughout the state.

The Senate approved a Sweeney/Kean resolution establishing the Senate Select Committee on Economic Growth Strategies to identify the best strategies, policies and practices to create jobs, attract investments and generate long-term economic opportunities throughout the state.  (Pixabay)

The Senate Resolution, SR-139, creates a bipartisan, seven-member committee to evaluate the state’s economic development programs to ensure their continued effectiveness. The Senate President will appoint the committee members from the Senate, comprised of four Democrats and three Republicans.

“With a highly educated workforce and favorable location, there is no reason that New Jersey should struggle with economic development,” said Senator Kean. “Unfortunately, we’ve seen too many headlines of employers large and small leaving the Garden State for other places. It’s clear that we need to understand what the problems are if we are to offer effective and long-term fixes.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

MEDIA ADVISORY (TOMORROW): O’Scanlon Press Conference on Marijuana

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) will hold a press conference to discuss marijuana legislation on Tuesday, May 14th in Committee Room 6 of the State House Annex at approximately 12:15 p.m.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon will hold a press conference to discuss marijuana legislation on Tuesday, May 14th in Committee Room 6 of the State House Annex at approximately 12:15 p.m. (Pixabay)

WHO: Senator Declan O’Scanlon

WHAT: Press conference to discuss marijuana legislation.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 14 at 12:15 p.m. (time will coincide with break in Budget Committee)

WHERE: Committee Room 6, State House Annex

Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Steven Oroho

District 24

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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