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Senator Dawn Addiego

Editorial: Yearly ‘Cookie Drive’ Shows the Best in Local Community

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The following editorial by Sen. Dawn Addiego (R-8) on her district office’s cookie drive to benefit members of the military serving overseas was published on Dec. 12, 2018, in The Burlington County Times.

Sen. Dawn Addiego’s editorial on her office’s cookie drive to benefit military overseas was published on Dec. 12, 2018 in The Burlington County Times. (Flickr)

This is about the time of year when the weather goes from brisk to the type of cold that smacks your face as soon as you step outside. Families put the cover over the grill, swapping dinners outdoors for the indoor warmth of the oven. While the calendar on the wall above the dinner table plans out your meals for the week, the weekend is circled for a special activity that the kids participate in.

Baking holiday cookies with the family is a time-honored tradition. Parents will always have the memories of bringing recipes to life with their children. The kids roll the dough or mix the batter in a bowl without any fear of making a mess on the table, while the sweet smell of the last batch permeates through the kitchen.

Little moments like this are often ones we take for granted that plenty of people in our country don’t get to experience. That includes certain members of our military. Our men and women serving overseas made the decision to trade in the tastes and smells of the holiday for a full time job protecting our freedom.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Testifies in Opposition to “Undemocratic” Constitutional Amendment

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean testified in opposition to a proposed amendment to the New Jersey Constitution, SCR-43/SCR-152/ACR-205, at a public hearing today in the Senate State Government Committee.

Included below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:

Testimony for Public Hearing on SCR-43/SCR-152/ACR-205
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean
December 13, 2018

Mr. Chairman, members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to speak.

I am here to express my strong opposition to SCR-43, SCR-152, and ACR-205.

The constitutional amendment that’s before us today is undemocratic. It’s a shameless stunt and a power grab that is designed to give Democrats in the Legislature a permanent majority.

Those aren’t my words. Rather, they’re the dire warnings expressed by a host of independent election experts, newspapers, civil rights leaders, and academics from across the political spectrum.

In fact, not a single person, not a single expert, not a single organization…left, right, or center…has come out in support of this proposal.

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New Jersey Senate Republicans

ALERT: Opposition to Dems’ Redistricting Scheme to Rig Elections Holds Strong

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TOMORROW, Thursday, Dec. 13, New Jersey Democrats will hold public hearings on a constitutional amendment that would disenfranchise millions of voters. The legislation, SCR-43, would make cataclysmic changes to New Jersey’s legislative redistricting process. 

The Assembly and State Senate hearings will both be held at 11 a.m. in Committee Room 11 and Committee Room 4, respectively, in the Statehouse Annex, making it cumbersome for the many who are opposed to testify on the record.


Not a single expert witness or group testified in favor of SCR-43 during a Nov. 26, 2018 committee hearing on the constitutional amendment. In the weeks that have followed, dozens of nonpartisan election experts, editorial writers, and advocates from across the political spectrum have joined the chorus of opposition to this effort to disenfranchise our democracy.

Here’s what else they’re saying…. 

“This has been a classic throw something out in the proverbial backrooms. It’s completely unacceptable,”Governor Phil Murphy (Insider NJ, Nov. 27, 2018)

“It’s the most undemocratic solution possible,” he said. “It’s bizarre. You have supporters of the bill being incredibly disingenuous about giving voters greater choice.” – Patrick Murray Monmouth University Polling Institute (NJ Spotlight, Dec. 12, 2018)

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Steve Oroho

Sarlo, Oroho, Bucco, Singleton Bill Would Help Small Businesses & Partnerships Preserve Tax Deductibility

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Plan is ‘IRS-proof’ because it returns tax law to entity-level payment system

Legislation authored by Senators Paul Sarlo, Steven Oroho , Anthony Bucco, and Troy Singleton that will preserve the federal deductibility of an estimated $23 billion in state income taxes for small businesses and partnerships was approved by a Senate committee today.

Sens. Paul Sarlo, Steven Oroho, Anthony Bucco, and Troy Singleton’s bill will preserve the federal deductibility of an estimated $23 billion in state income taxes for small businesses and partnerships. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation, S-3246, will amend New Jersey’s state tax code to the system that was in place prior to 1993 under which S corporations, Limited Liability Corporations (LLC’s) and other business partnerships directly paid the state income tax liability of their owners and partners. Entitled the “Pass-Through Business Alternative Income Tax Act,” the bill would establish an elective entity-level tax to be paid by pass-through businesses and would provide an offsetting credit to taxpayers who receive income from a pass-through business.

“This legislation will save hundreds of millions of dollars for the many New Jersey small businesses that are registered as S Corporations and pay their corporate taxes through the state income tax, as well as all of the law firms, medical groups, accounting practices and other partnerships that were created as LLCs,” said Senator Oroho, who is a Certified Financial Planner. “This plan works because the federal tax plan allows businesses to continue to deduct all of their taxes.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Works to Stop Fare Hikes & Find New Ways to Fund NJ Transit

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In an effort to prevent NJ Transit customers from being forced to cope with fare hikes, Senator Robert Singer has sponsored legislation to find alternative ways to fund climbing expenses at the troubled agency.

In an effort to prevent NJ Transit customers from being forced to cope with fare hikes, Sen. Robert Singer has sponsored legislation to find alternative ways to fund climbing expenses at the troubled agency. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation, which would establish the “New Jersey Transit Alternative Revenue Task Force” was today advanced by the Senate Transportation Committee.

“Commuters have sacrificed enough. They shouldn’t have to pay more,” Senator Singer (R-30) said. “Fare hikes are not the answer. We know that there are other ways to save money and get NJ Transit back on track. This legislation will pave the way for cost-saving solutions at the agency, such as better advertising or selling off real estate holdings.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Kristin Corrado

Advanced: Bucco/Corrado Bill Package to Create American Legion License Plates

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Bills Inspired by Local Member Aim to Promote Patriotism & Raise Funds for Vets

Two pieces of legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Anthony Bucco and Kristin Corrado that would authorize the creation of two separate special American Legion Auxiliary license plates have been approved by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sens. Anthony Bucco and Kristin Corrado authorizing American Legion Auxiliary license plates has been approved by the Senate Transportation Committee. (©iStock)

The bills would authorize the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (NJ MVC) to issue “American Legion Auxiliary” and “Sons of the American Legion” license plates.

“American Legion members honorably answer the call of ‘Service Not Self.’ These proud men and women have been instrumental in our efforts to advocate for policies that protect and uplift our nation’s heroes,” Sen. Anthony Bucco said. “These license plate designations are a great way to honor the Legion’s strong traditions, and support their efforts to serve, educate, and give back to local veterans.”

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New Jersey Senate Republicans

SIGN THE PETITION: Stop the Amendment that Rigs Future NJ Elections

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Click Here to Sign the Petition to Protect Your Vote

A proposed amendment to the New Jersey Constitution that would diminish the power of your vote is being fast-tracked by Democrats in the Legislature.

In fact, legislative action on the proposal is just days away.

The proposed amendment would constitutionally mandate that future legislative districts be drawn in a way that is mathematically guaranteed to cement and even grow the Democratic Party’s large legislative majorities.

Quite simply, it’s a blatant attempt to rig the electoral process in New Jersey forever. It’s partisan gerrymandering to the extreme. It’s the antithesis of democracy.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Blasts Conagra for ‘Gutless’ Christmas Layoffs Announcement

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Company Announces Hundreds of Layoffs in Parsippany & Cherry Hill, NJ

Senator Joe Pennacchio today blasted Conagra for announcing, two weeks before Christmas, that they will eliminate more than 500 jobs in New Jersey, including more than 300 positions in Parsippany, a town in the senator’s district.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio blasted Conagra for announcing, two weeks before Christmas, that they will eliminate more than 500 jobs in New Jersey, including more than 300 positions in Parsippany, a town in the senator’s district. (Wikimedia Commons)

“I have one thing to say to Conagra – shame on you,” Sen. Pennacchio said. “Announcing layoffs two weeks before Christmas is a gutless and soulless thing to do.”

Conagra announced that it will eliminate 308 jobs at Pinnacle Food’s former headquarters in Parsippany, and 196 jobs at the Woodcrest Road offices in Cherry Hill, according to a Dec. 7, 2018 Courier Post report.

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Senate Committees Advance Bucco and Lagana Bills to Increase School Security

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Joseph Lagana to provide New Jersey law enforcement with the resources they need to protect local schools has passed the Senate Education Committee.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Joseph Lagana to provide New Jersey law enforcement with resources to protect local schools has passed the Senate Education Committee. (Flickr)

The Bucco/Lagana bill, S-2676, would require school boards to provide law enforcement with copies of blue prints and maps of schools and school grounds.

“Local police officers must have access to school blueprints to ensure they are never blind before entering the building during a crisis,” Bucco said. “In a true emergency, a 30-second delay could be the difference between a child making it out of the building alive, or dying inside. We have to make sure law enforcement officials have all of the information they need to protect students and teachers from harm. Giving them a map of the school is a commonsense way to do that. ”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Editorial: Start Making NJ More Affordable — Now

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The following editorial by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) on the need to advance the reforms proposed by the bipartisan Economic Fiscal Policy Workgroup was published on Dec. 6, 2018 in Gannett publications, including MyCentralJersey.com.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s editorial on the need to advance bipartisan fiscal reforms was published on Dec. 6, 2018 in Gannett publications, including MyCentralJersey.com. (Wikimedia Commons)

The most common concern I hear from my constituents is that our state has simply become too expensive. Young adults can’t afford to raise a family here. Their parents can’t afford to retire here, so they can help raise their grandkids. Far too many of our residents, from recent grads to seniors, are picking up their lives, and heading out of state.

As leaders of this state, we have two options: we can make fiscally responsible decisions to save New Jersey now, or force our kids to deal with a legacy of economic turmoil. Without immediate action, I fear they will face the latter.

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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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