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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Oppose Common Interest Community Bill; Express Concerns About Impact on Age-Restricted Communities

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As legislators with a longstanding track record of supporting the rights of age-restricted community residents, Senator Chris Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove (all R-9) said that they will continue to oppose legislation (S-2425) that would consolidate laws concerning common interest communities, including the taxation of common property, applicability of local ordinances, the effects of eminent domain, and other statutes.

As legislators with a longstanding track record of supporting the rights of age-restricted communities, the 9th District delegation will oppose legislation that would consolidate laws concerning common interest communities. (©iStock)

Senator Connors voted against the legislation in committee and on the floor of the Senate when S-2425 was presented on the Senate floor for a full chamber vote on June 10 of this year.

The members of the 9th District delegation emphasized that this legislation is especially alarming, because it would allow Trenton to interfere in the operations of age-restricted communities in cases in which it deems that a community’s bylaws do not speak to a specific issue. This means that Trenton, in turn, would act as the community’s de facto governing body.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: We Warned You that the IRS Wouldn’t Fall for Your SALT Workaround Scheme

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In response to yesterday’s news that the IRS has denied attempts by New Jersey and New York to circumvent the federal cap on SALT deductions, Senator Joe Pennacchio chastised Democrats for wasting taxpayer time and resources on a workaround that never had any chance of succeeding.

In response to news that the IRS has denied attempts by NJ and NY to circumvent the federal cap on SALT deductions, Sen. Joe Pennacchio chastised Democrats for wasting taxpayer time and resources on a workaround that never had any chance of succeeding. (SenateNJ.com)

On Tuesday, the IRS issued final regulations prohibiting governments from doling out tax credits in exchange for charitable contributions – effectively negating the legislation advanced in the spring of 2018, despite the objections of legislators such as Senator Pennacchio, who warned that the IRS would take action.

“Democrats need to stop making promises they can’t keep,” Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) said. “There is a reason why we didn’t see scores of municipalities jump at the chance to take advantage of this scheme to get around the removal of the SALT cap. It was clear from the beginning that the IRS wouldn’t allow it, which is why I spoke out in opposition.

“If we really want to cut property taxes, then we need to pass the fiscal reforms necessary to get our State budget back on track – and stop trying to circumvent the federal government.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill to Protect New and Expectant Moms Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) to improve maternal healthcare in New Jersey has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to improve maternal healthcare has passed the New Jersey Senate. (Flickr)

“Mothers and babies are dying at alarming rates from preventable complications nationwide – and in New Jersey, the rates are especially shocking, particularly among women of color,” Kean said. “We need to take a proactive approach to improving the care and support we provide for women throughout pregnancy, as well as during childbirth and the postpartum period. By expanding access to quality group prenatal care, we can ensure that every baby born in New Jersey gets a healthy start.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean’s Legislative Efforts to Aid NJ Transit Commuters Pass Senate

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The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to help NJ Transit customers. The pro-commuter efforts, SR-144 and S-3574, both aim to improve the safety and reliability of New Jersey’s public rail lines.

NJ Senate passes Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation to help NJ Transit commuters by improving the safety and reliability of public rail lines. (SenateNJ.com)

The first piece of legislation, SR-144, respectfully urges Congress to permanently extend the federal tax credit for railroad track maintenance.

“NJ Transit commuters have suffered through years of unnecessary delays that have negatively-impacted their quality of life, their jobs, and in some cases – even their safety,” Senator Kean (R-21) said. “Urging Congress to permanently extend a tax credit for track maintenance is a critical component of our multifaceted plan to shore up the reliability of our rail infrastructure for years to come. We need to work with the Federal Government on this issue. I hope they heed our call for action. The safety and security of millions of commuters depends on our cooperative efforts.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill Protecting Civilian Jobs for NJ’s National Guard Members Passes Senate

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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 New Jersey Senate.

Senator Bob Singer’s legislation to ensure NJ National Guard members retain their civilian jobs throughout and after a State emergency has passed the Senate. (WikiMedia)

“New Jersey’s National Guard defends our state and our country, both at home and abroad,” Singer said. “Whether they are deployed overseas, or serving their own community during a domestic disaster, these brave people should never have to worry about losing their job when they return home. As a proud veteran, I will continue to fight to ensure no employer, especially the State of New Jersey, discriminates against an employee if they are called to serve during an emergency.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Bill to Outline Property Tax Savings to Homeowners Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) that would allow towns to outline any municipal cost savings though shared services on homeowner’s property tax bills passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s legislation that would allow towns to outline any municipal cost savings though shared services on homeowner’s property tax bills has passed the Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“Many New Jersey municipalities are making bold moves to cut the cost of government by sharing services,” Bucco said. “We know this is a great way to reduce redundancy and lower property taxes, without sacrificing quality public services. We should shine a light on communities that are making an effort to save taxpayers money.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean, Weinberg, Diegnan Introduce Legislation Establishing Agency to Oversee Gateway Project

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Bill mirrors measure approved by NY Assembly committee; goal is to enact critical legislation this month in both states

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, and Senate Transportation Committee Chair Patrick Diegnan have introduced legislation to establish a Gateway Development Commission to oversee planning, funding and construction of new rail tunnels and other projects that will double trans-Hudson rail capacity and provide one-seat rides to Manhattan on all NJ Transit lines.

Sens. Tom Kean, Loretta Weinberg, and Patrick Diegnan have introduced legislation to establish a Gateway Development Commission to oversee planning, funding and construction of new rail tunnels and other projects that will double trans-Hudson rail capacity and provide one-seat rides to Manhattan on all NJ Transit lines. (SenateNJ.com)

The bipartisan bill, S-3918, is identical to legislation introduced in New York by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, chair of the New York State Assembly Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions. Assemblywoman Paulin’s bill was approved by her committee this morning by a 19-6 vote.

“We have been working cooperatively for years on a bipartisan basis to advance the Gateway project,” said Senator Kean (R-Union). “We are in a race against time to build new tunnels before the century-old tunnels ravaged by Sandy are forced to close for repairs, which would cut NJ Transit trans-Hudson rail capacity by 75 percent and cripple our region’s economy. But just as important is the long-term increase in capacity that new tunnels would create, which will finally provide a one-seat ride to Manhattan for all New Jersey rail riders, including those on the Raritan Valley Line.”

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Senator Bob Singer
Senator Tom Kean

Singer/Kean Bill to Change Code Blue to Better Protect NJ’s Homeless Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to expand Code Blue protections to help local officials better care for the homeless during winter weather events has cleared the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

Sens. Robert Singer and Tom Kean’s bill would expand Code Blue to help local officials better care for the homeless during winter weather events. (©iStock)

Currently, a Code Blue is triggered when temperatures drop to 32 degrees with precipitation, or 25 degrees with no precipitation. The bill advanced by the committee today, S-3422, would eliminate the 25 degree standard, so that a Code Blue would be triggered as soon as the temperature falls to 32 degrees, regardless of whether or not there is precipitation at the time.

S-3422 was introduced in January in response to concerns raised by local officials in Ocean County, who expressed that the current Code Blue standard has limited their ability to protect the homeless during dangerously cold weather.

“I was devastated to hear that some of the most vulnerable people in our community were turned away from warming shelters in Ocean County this winter, due to limitations in a law that was designed to protect them,” Senator Singer (R-30) said. “Snow or no snow, when the temperature reaches 32 degrees, it’s time to get inside. I cannot even begin to imagine the terror someone must feel when it’s freezing and you have nowhere to go. I have no doubt that our commonsense efforts to strengthen Code Blue will save lives.”

More than a dozen people who spent the night in a Toms River warming Center on Christmas Eve were unable to access shelter the next day because the temperature had risen to 27 degrees, which given the lack of precipitation, exceeded the current Code Blue standard, according to an Asbury Park Press report.

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New Jersey Senate Republicans

Senate Republicans Say Work of Legislative Select Oversight Committee Remains Unfinished

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Corrado & Oroho Issue Minority Statement Calling for LSOC to Continue Investigating the Many “Persons with Questionable Backgrounds” in the Murphy Administration

The Senate Republican members of the New Jersey Legislative Select Oversight Committee abstained on a vote of the committee to issue a final report today.

Sen. Kristin Corrado and Sen. Steven Oroho issued a Minority Statement calling for the Legislative Select Oversight Committee to continue investigating the many ‘persons with questionable backgrounds’ in the Murphy Administration. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40), vice-chair of the committee, and Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) instead issued a minority statement saying the committee has “not fulfilled the mission with which is was charged” of investigating the employment of “persons with questionable backgrounds” in the Murphy Administration.

The minority statement highlights the committee’s narrow focus on Mr. Albert Alvarez, the numerous “persons with questionable backgrounds” who pervade the Murphy Administration, and Governor Murphy’s apathy and dismissiveness to these matters.

View a PDF of the full minority statement at https://www.senatenj.com/lsoc.

Senator Tom Kean

Kean Continues Fight for One-Seat Rides on the Raritan Valley Line

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NJ Transit would be required to study the feasibility of offering Raritan Valley Line commuters one-seat rides to New York Penn Station, under legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and today advanced by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Raritan Valley Line’s single ride service into Manhattan was suspended in 2018 to free up engineers to install Positive Train Control on NJ Transit trains statewide. There is still no established timeline for restoring one-seat rides on the Raritan Valley Line.

Sen. Tom Kean is fighting to secure one-seat rides to NY Penn for Raritan Valley Line commuters. (SenateNJ.com)

“Raritan Valley Line commuters deserve one-seat rides to New York Penn. The commuters in my district have been very vocal about how the recent service interruptions have negatively impacted their lives. They deserve answers – not more delays,” Sen. Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris) said. “Full time one-seat rides would shorten commutes and raise property values. It’s time for us to take action and get the Raritan Valley Line back on the right track.”

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Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

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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

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