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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Calls for Same Sex Marriage to be Placed Before Voters in a Fair, Unbiased Manner

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset/Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today called for same sex marriage to be decided by the voters of New Jersey.

In addressing the Committee during its consideration of S-1, the “Marriage Equality and Religious Exemption Act”, Bateman said that he was willing to work with supporters and opponents alike to craft an unbiased and fair question on the issue in the form of either a Constitutional Amendment or statute enabled by referendum.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Sponsored “Janet’s Law” Approved in Committee

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Bill Requires All New Jersey Schools to Have AEDs on Hand for Sporting Events

Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert W. Singer (R- Ocean/Monmouth) seeking to prevent student-athlete deaths from cardiac arrest has been reported favorably from the Senate Education Committee.

“Janet’s Law”, S-157, would require that all public schools, non-public schools keep Automated External Defibrillators (AED) on school grounds, and that an individual trained in the use of the devices is present during student sporting events.

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean: “Harris, Kwon Nominations a Proud Moment for New Jersey”

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement in reaction to Governor Christie’s nomination of Phillip Kwon and Bruce Harris to the New Jersey Supreme Court:

“Governor Christie has picked two nominees with impeccable legal credentials to serve on our state’s highest court. Mr. Kwon has helped lead the fight on public corruption in New Jersey in the offices of the Attorney General and U.S. Attorney. Mr. Harris, a constituent with whom I had the pleasure of campaigning this past fall, comes from two of New Jersey’s most prestigious and influential law firms. The most important qualification for a nominee to the Supreme Court is his or her skill and knowledge as an attorney. The Governor has found in Phillip Kwon and Bruce Harris two extraordinarily qualified members of the Bar to serve the people of this state.”

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District 9

Committee Advances 9th District Delegation Supported “VETeach” Pilot Program Initiative

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Legislation that would establish a pilot teacher preparation program at Richard Stockton College for veterans who served in the armed forces on or after September 11, 2001 was advanced today by the Senate Education Committee. Senator Christopher J. Connors is a prime sponsor of S-1026 along with Senator James Whelan. Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove are co-sponsors of the identical companion measure (A-1294), which has been referred to the Assembly Education Committee.

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale Bill to Protect Bergen Taxpayers from Floods Signed Into Law

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen) announced today that Governor Christie has signed the “Rockland-Bergen Watershed Flood Prevention and Protection Act” into law. The bill is designed to create a cooperative commission to regulate the flow of overflow during rainstorms and snow melt.

“Governor Christie demonstrated extraordinary leadership last summer during Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee,” Cardinale began. “In the aftermath of these twin events it became apparent that bi-state cooperation was desperately needed to better control flood waters.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Legislation Aims to Promote Community Service in Public Schools

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R- Somerset/Hunterdon/Middlesex/Mercer) has resubmitted legislation intended to promote volunteer community service in New Jersey’s public high schools.

The bill, S-76, would require public schools to provide an annual, in-school community service opportunity for students in grades 9-12. The proposal is one Bateman first submitted to the legislature in 2007.

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District 9

Governor Signs 9th District Delegation’s Coastal Evacuation Preparation Initiative Into Law

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Legislation initiated by efforts undertaken by the 9th Legislative District Delegation more than five years ago to enhance New Jersey’s evacuation preparedness procedures has been signed into law. The measure (S-264/A-3224), sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove, will implement recommendations made by the Coastal New Jersey Evacuation Task Force in its final report.

The Coastal New Jersey Evacuation Task Force was established in 2007 under legislation sponsored by the Delegation and charged with examining and assessing current plans and proposals to evacuate the state’s seven coastal counties. Assemblyman Rumpf served as Vice Chairman of the Task Force and was instrumental in the development of the recommendations published in the Task Force’s final report issued to the Legislature in May 2008.

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean: “Republican Ideas Restoring Optimism, Getting Results for New Jersey”

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued this statement following Governor Christie’s 2012 State of the State Address:

“In government, we should do what is proven to work and learn from what has failed.

“New Jerseyans are more optimistic about the future of our state and her economy today than they have been in years because legislative Republicans and Governor Christie have taken our state in a different direction.

“What we’ve been doing is working, despite the doomsday, class warfare predictions of those who were happy to continue spending money we didn’t have and raising taxes to pay for it.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Applauds Christie’s Priorities

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Tax Cuts, Job Creation, School Funding and Education Reform Needed

Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) issued the following statement in response to Governor Christie’s State of the State address:

“Since taking office two years ago, Governor Christie has worked with the Legislature to advance an agenda that works for New Jersey and its residents. As a result of the new fiscal and tax discipline that we have brought to Trenton, 60,000 new private sector jobs have been created in the Garden State since Governor Christie took office, and skyrocketing property taxes are finally being brought under control.

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Senator Tom Kean

Video: Tom Kean Addresses the Senate at Start of New Legislative Session

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean addressed the New Jersey Senate at the start of the new legislative session on Tuesday, January, 17, 2012 to talk about priorities for the future of New Jersey.

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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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