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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio to Introduce Governor’s Accidental Disability Pension Fix

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Governor Christie Proposed Fix Early Last Year

Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding legislation that he will introduce to stem the abuses of the accidental disability pension system.

“In 2007, the state Supreme Court dramatically lowered the standards required to collect a tax-free, accidental disability pension. In fact, since the decision the increase of accidental disability pensions issued is more than 35 percent. In order to stem these abuses of the system allowed by the Court I will reintroduce legislation, originally proposed by Governor Christie last year as part of his original pension reform proposal, on Monday. Many aspects of the reforms will affect all of the state pension systems.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Announces Senator O’Toole Joins “Fair School Funding Plan” As a Sponsor

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, announced today that Senator Kevin O’Toole will join him as a co-sponsor of SCR-162, “The Fair School Funding Act.” Doherty said:

“I am pleased that Senator O’Toole agreed to join me in seeking a more equitable school funding formula by co-sponsoring the ‘Fair School Funding Plan.’ With Senator O’Toole’s sponsorship, the resolution enjoys unanimous support among the Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Statement from Senator Michael Doherty on the Passing of Assemblyman Peter Biondi

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Senator Michael J. Doherty (R – Warren) today issued the following statement regarding the death of Assemblyman Peter Biondi:

“I extend my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Assemblyman Peter Biondi. Pete Biondi was a highly respected legislator who always looked out for the interests of his constituents. More importantly, he was an outstanding family man and friend, and was loved by all who knew him. The Garden State has lost one of its finest. He will be sorely missed.”

Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Bateman Mourns the Passing of Asm. Peter Biondi

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R- 16) today issued the following statement regarding the passing of Assemblyman Peter Biondi:

“It is hard to imagine serving the people of the 16th District without Peter Biondi by my side.  Pete was more than a great legislator, he was a good friend.  He always put service to our constituents ahead of politics and partisanship, and constantly reminded us that legislators could disagree in the State House while maintaining respect for one another.  His presence will be sorely missed in all of our lives, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the Biondi family.”

Senator Tom Kean

Senator Tom Kean, Jr. Statement on the Passing of Assemblyman Peter Biondi

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Senate Republican leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) today issued the following statement mourning the death of Assemblyman Peter Biondi:

“Rhonda and I extend our deepest condolences to the Biondi family.  Pete was an effective legislator and a warm, gregarious man who reminded us all not to let our political differences stand in the way of working together for the people of New Jersey.  He will be missed by all of us in the State House.”

Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Ridgewood on “Fair School Funding” Plan

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Senator Michael Doherty, A members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, announced today that he will hold a town hall meeting on the “fair school funding” plan. The town hall meeting will be held Monday, November 14, at 7:00 p.m. in The Stable 259 North Maple Avenue Ridgewood

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Republicans Elect Leadership for 2012-2013 Session

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The Senate Republican Caucus today met to elect its leadership team for the 2012-2013 legislative session. Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R- 21), will serve as Republican Leader, with Senator Diane Allen (R- 7) serving as Deputy Republican Leader.

Rounding out the caucus’s leadership team is Senator Kevin O’Toole (R- 40), Republican Whip, Senator Robert Singer (R- 30), Conference Chairman, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R- 16), Deputy Conference Chairman, and Senator Anthony Bucco (R- 25), the caucus’s Budget Officer. All leaders were elected unanimously.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Highest Vote-Getters in State Legislative Elections

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With final elections tallies in, 9th District Legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove received the highest vote totals of any State Legislative candidate in either House for this year’s General Election.

According to election results provided by the New Jersey Division of Elections, Senator Connors received 31,601 votes while Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove received 30,494 and 29,493 votes, respectively.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman: JCP&L Will Have to Answer for Inadequate Storm Response

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Nearly a Week After Snow Storm, Many Residents Remain Without Power

Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) has called for hearings to investigate why thousands of JCP&L customers remain without power nearly a week after service was disrupted by the October 29 snow storm that hit New Jersey. According to information released by JCP&L on Friday, nearly 15,000 of its customers remain in the dark six days after the storm passed.

“Following the lengthy outages that plagued thousands of state residents as a result of Hurricane Irene in August, New Jersey utilities had pledged to develop better response plans for future storms,” said Bateman. “With thousands of JCP&L customers still in the dark nearly a week after the season’s first snow storm, it appears that at least one utility has failed to respond as customers were promised. I intend to make sure that we find out why.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Senator Doherty: JCP&L Needs to Seek Additional Help to Restore Power Faster

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations committee, issued the following comments regarding the slow restoration of power in North Western New Jersey:

“The late October record snowfall and high winds caused significant damage to homes, businesses and the power distribution grid in New Jersey. People are suffering, particularly the old or infirm.

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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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