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District 10

10th District Legislators Support Cardiac Surgery at Community Medical Center in Ocean County

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and Dave Wolfe of the 10th Legislative District are calling on the State of New Jersey to approve cardiac surgery services at Community Medical Center in Toms River.

“The State of New Jersey has an obligation to swiftly approve cardiac surgery at Community Medical Center to meet the need of Ocean County residents,” said Senator Holzapfel. “The elderly in our community are being jeopardized by unnecessary delays and risks associated with traveling far from home to an out of county hospital. These patients could be treated safely and sooner right here at Community Medical Center.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty/Turner to Oppose Replacement & Tolling of Scudder Falls I-95 Bridge

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) and Senator Shirley Turner (D-15) will hold a State House press conference on Thursday, May 17 to express their opposition to the replacement and tolling of the Scudder Falls bridge, which carries Interstate 95 traffic over the Delaware River between New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Who: Senator Michael Doherty (R-23); Senator Shirley Turner (D-15); Jeff Tittel – Director, New Jersey Sierra Club; Steve Lonegan – State Director, Americans for Prosperity – New Jersey; Ed Smith – Commissioner, Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission

What: Press conference to oppose construction of new Scudder Falls bridge and introduction of tolling at the currently free crossing.

Where: New Jersey State House, Room 103

When: Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 1 PM

District 9

9th District Delegation Meets With Turnpike Authority on Proposed Little Egg Harbor Commuter Lot

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9th District legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove met with Executive Director Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim and other officials of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority as part of the ongoing discussions on the prospect of building a commuter lot off of Garden State Parkway Exit 58.

Ocean County Freeholder Jack Kelly, Little Egg Harbor Mayor John Kehm, Jr. and Deputy Mayor Ray Gormley, as well as a representative of the Governor’s Office also participated in the meeting.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Launches Online Petition to Support Red Light Camera Ban

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23), the sponsor of legislation that would result in the elimination of red light camera ticketing systems in New Jersey, has launched an online petition in support of the effort. The petition can be signed by visiting https://www.senatenj.com/cameras.

“In the few days since my legislation banning red light cameras was introduced, the amount of support I’ve received has been overwhelming,” said Doherty. “People really dislike the cameras, but aren’t sure what to do about it. That’s why I launched our online petition to ensure that people can have their voices heard and be counted in their support of this legislation to prohibit red light cameras and automated ticketing systems.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Media Advisory: Doherty to Oppose Replacement & Tolling of Scudder Falls I-95 Bridge

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) will hold a State House press conference on Thursday, May 17 to express his opposition to the replacement and tolling of the Scudder Falls bridge, which carries Interstate 95 traffic over the Delaware River between New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Who: Senator Michael Doherty (R-23); Jeff Tittel – Director, New Jersey Sierra Club; Steve Lonegan – State Director, Americans for Prosperity – New Jersey; Ed Smith – Commissioner, Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission

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District 10

Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin Introduce Bill to Give Tax Credits to E-ZPass Commuters

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin, representing New Jersey’s 10th District, have introduced a bill which would provide an income tax credit for tolls paid on state roads via E-ZPass. Under the bill, a taxpayer whose toll expenses exceed $1,000 per year would be eligible for a $1000 credit on their New Jersey income taxes.

“With this bill we are trying to put money back into the wallets of commuters who have seen relentless toll increases,” said Senator Holzapfel. “By providing commuters with a means to offset a portion of their commuting costs, our bill recognizes that these taxpayers are paying more than their fair share for transportation and economic development projects, while encouraging commuters to use E-Zpass.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Introduces Legislation to Ban Red Light Camera Ticketing Systems

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) has introduced legislation that would ban municipalities from using camera systems which detect violations of traffic control signals and automate the process of issuing tickets to drivers.

“Although red light cameras were sold to the public as a way to make dangerous intersections safer, it’s become clear that municipalities are primarily interested in the revenues generated by the cameras through tickets and fines,” said Doherty. “There is little if any evidence that the use of red light cameras in New Jersey has reduced the number or severity of accidents at the intersections where they are used. When combined with serious questions regarding personal privacy and the process and constitutionality of being ticketed by a machine, I believe it’s time that we put this ill-conceived red light camera experiment to rest.”

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District 9

9th District Delegation Urges Turnpike Authority to Address Residents’ Concerns on Jimmie Leeds Rd. Access

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove, representing the 9th Legislative District, issued a letter to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) on the tremendous concern among Galloway residents regarding access from Jimmie Leeds Road in Galloway Township to the commuter service area located at Garden State Parkway Interchange 41.

The 9th District Legislators recently met with residents of the Four Seasons Community in Smithville during which several objections were raised about access from Jimmie Leeds Road. At their “meet your legislators” event held at the Galloway municipal building in late February of this year, the Delegation spoke with residents about the pressing need for South Jersey to have a stronger voice on the Turnpike Authority Board after similar complaints were raised on how this interchange project will negatively impact the access from Jimmie Leeds Road.

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Senator Tom Kean

Senator Kean Named “Distinguished Arts Advocate”

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) is honored to have been named a Distinguished Arts Advocate by ArtPride NJ at the group’s annual conference in Trenton.

Senator Tom Kean speaking to ArtPride NJ after being honored as a “Distinguished Arts Advocate” at the Trenton War Memorial on Thursday, May 10, 2012.

ArtPride NJ works to increase awareness and promote the arts in schools and communities as a means of improving educational achievement, economic development, and the overall quality of life in New Jersey.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Lauds DEP’s Continued Transformation

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During today’s Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee hearing on the DEP, Senator Steve Oroho, R-Sussex, Warren, Morris, also a member of the Senate Economic Growth Committee, commended the DEP’s continuing transformation and issued the following statement:

“Over the last two years, the DEP has undergone a significant change in working to become a more responsive, efficient and effective agency. I’m hopeful the agency’s continued improvement will distance us from the past, during which the DEP impeded progress in our state with costly and lengthy permitting processes, and exceedingly burdensome regulations.

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Michael Doherty

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Jim Holzapfel

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Steven Oroho

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Declan O'Scanlon

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Joe Pennacchio

District 26

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Samuel Thompson

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