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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridge Project is the Remarkable Engineering Achievement that Ocean County Deserves

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Manahawkin: Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove today joined in a celebration of the successful completion of the reconstruction of the Old Causeway Bridge and the rehabilitation of Hilliards Thorofare Bridge – part of the Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridges project, by marking the historic occasion with a ribbon cutting ceremony led by NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti.

District 9 lawmakers celebrate the completion of the reconstruction of the Old Causeway Bridge and the rehabilitation of Hilliards Thorofare Bridge – part of the Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridges project, at a ribbon cutting ceremony led by NJDOT Commissioner Gutierrez-Scaccetti. (SenateNJ.com)

Connors, Rumpf and Gove made the following remarks regarding the significant announcement:

“This project is a long time coming for many Ocean County residents and tourists, especially those living on Long Beach Island for whom the Causeway is the only means of egress and ingress to and from the mainland.

“More than a decade ago, our Delegation introduced legislation, at the request of a former NJDOT Commissioner, to appropriate $150 million to get the Route 72 Causeway Bridges Project moving. The catastrophic damage caused by Superstorm Sandy underscored, in graphic detail, how the Causeway is a critical infrastructure lifeline, especially in the event that a coastal evacuation order is issued.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

TOMORROW 5/23: Senator Pennacchio to Hold a Fusion Energy Symposium

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Sen. Joe Pennacchio will hold a symposium on fusion energy with leaders from academia and industry TOMORROW, Thursday, May 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the State House Annex, Committee Room 6.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio will hold a symposium on fusion energy with leaders from academia and industry at the State House Annex TOMORROW, May 23. (SenateNJ.com)

Pennacchio is a long-time advocate of the development of fusion as an energy source and has sponsored legislation in the New Jersey State Senate encouraging the support and development of fusion power.

Achieving commercial development of fusion energy would revolutionize the world economy. It would signal a new era of economic and scientific development worldwide. July 20th is the anniversary of the American achievement of landing men on the moon. What better time to assess the needs and funding for a new great achievement – by the United States, and now with other countries around the world?

Who: Senator Joe Pennacchio; experts from national laboratories, businesses, and researchers in the field who will present their work, and share their knowledge of what is being undertaken, and what lies ahead.

What: Fusion Energy Symposium – Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) will sponsor a hearing on the topic: “What are the Prospects and Requirements for the Early Development of Fusion Energy, and what are the Implications for the U.S., New Jersey, and the World?”

Where: State House Annex, Committee Room 6

When: TOMORROW, Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Pharmaceuticals are poisoning NJ’s water supply, putting families at risk. We must act now.

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In response to reports demonstrating that the water supply is awash with pharmaceutical pollutants, Senator Michael Doherty (R-Warren, Hunterdon, Somerset) is renewing his call for action on legislation he has long-sponsored to protect families statewide from the harmful effects of consuming contaminated water.

The United States EPA, in a conjunction with Riverkeeper and Cornell University, have confirmed that the Hudson River is heavily-polluted by commonly-prescribed pharmaceuticals such as anti-depressants, blood pressure, and cholesterol medications.

Pharmaceutical pollution is severely impacting all manner of water ecosystems and resources, according to a May 2019 report by The Atlantic. The resulting contamination of marine life also poses a threat to the commercial fishing industry.

Sen. Mike Doherty is calling for action on legislation he has sponsored for more than a decade to combat pharmaceutical water contamination, in response to mounting reports of polluted waterways. (Pixabay)

“Everyone, regardless of where they live, should have the right to clean water,” Senator Doherty (R-23) said. “I’ve sponsored a bill for at least 10 years to study and combat pharmaceutical pollution, and although it passed out of committee last year, it has never reached the Senate floor.

“It is incredibly disappointing that so few environmental groups have joined the effort to remove pharmaceutical pollutants from our water. The consequences for further delays are dire.

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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 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 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 Anthony Bucco

Bucco Bill to Require Diaper Changing Stations in Men’s Restrooms Advances

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Senator Anthony Bucco’s (R-25) legislation to require baby changing stations in public restrooms, including men’s bathrooms, passed the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s legislation to require baby changing stations in public restrooms, including men’s bathrooms, passed the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. (Pixnio)

“Fathers shouldn’t be forced to change their baby’s diaper in unsanitary conditions,” said Bucco. “Diapers often need to be changed at inconvenient times and places. It would make all the difference to parents if all of our bathrooms were family-friendly. Installing changing stations in men’s public restrooms will give New Jersey’s fathers a safe and hygienic place to change diapers.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Bill to Expand Genetic Testing & Improve Patient Care Passes Assembly Committee

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Creates Pharmacogenomics Commission to Examine Benefits of Increasing Drug-Gene Testing in NJ

The Assembly Health & Senior Services Committee has advanced legislation sponsored Senator Joe Pennacchio creating a commission to explore how expanding pharmacogenomics, also known as “drug-gene testing,” could lead to better care and health outcomes for patients in New Jersey.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s legislation to explore how expanding pharmacogenomics, also known as ‘drug-gene testing,’ could lead to better care and health outcomes for patients in New Jersey has advanced in the Assembly. (©iStock)

Pharmacogenomics is the study of how a person’s genetic makeup influences the effectiveness or toxicity of medications.

“Genetic testing is already a common standard of care in cancer treatment, as genetic mutations play a role in 5 to 10 percent of all cancers. In fact, certain treatments can be tailored to match a specific mutation found in a patient’s tumor,” Senator Pennacchio (R-26) explained. “Medical professionals can also use genetic testing to treat and identify a wide variety of conditions – and prevent potentially dangerous adverse reactions or side effects to certain prescriptions.”

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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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