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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean, Jr. Mourns the Passing of Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement mourning the death of his friend and colleague, Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce:

The New Jersey Legislature lost one of its own today, and with him, a great leader and public servant.

Assemblyman Alex DeCroce passed away while serving the people of New Jersey shortly after adjournment of the 2010-2011 legislative session.

Alex was a true leader for the Republican caucus in the Assembly, and was loved and respected by legislators of both chambers, on both sides of the aisle.  He worked tirelessly for his constituents, for our party, and to make sure this institution never lost sight of who it was supposed to serve- the people of New Jersey.

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District 9

9th District Delegation Urges Governor to Veto Controversial EMS Legislation

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove today wrote to Governor Christie asking that the Governor veto A-2095/S-818 which would revise requirements for emergency medical services delivery in New Jersey.

In their letter, the 9th District Legislative Delegation outlined their deep concerns regarding A-2095/S-818, specifically the costs involved in implementing the bill’s provisions and its negative impact on volunteer emergency service personnel.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Applauds Judiciary Committee’s Approval of Chiesa as Attorney General

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Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) praised the Senate Judiciary Committee for approving the nomination of Jeff Chiesa to be New Jersey’s Attorney General. Bateman, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said that Chiesa has the character and experience to serve in the state’s top law enforcement post.

“Governor Christie was known as a corruption buster in his service as U.S. Attorney, so it’s no surprise he would appoint someone like Jeff who shares his dedication and work ethic to take on that challenge as our state’s Attorney General,” said Bateman. “As Attorney General, I have no doubt in my mind that Jeff Chiesa will be persistent, effective and fair, and he’ll do much to make New Jersey a safer place to live.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean: “Decade of Democrat Tax Hikes Is Coming Home to Roost”

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New Jersey Is Number 1…In Chasing Residents Away

With United Van Line’s annual study of state by state population shifts showing New Jersey tied with Illinois for the highest proportion of residents migrating out of state, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. today suggested a strong correlation between New Jersey’s increased tax burden over the last decade and the loss of population to other states.

“I agree with the Senate President that the high cost of living in New Jersey is the driving force behind so many people leaving the state,” said Kean (R- Union). “So it defies logic that the $8 billion in higher taxes imposed upon the people of this state by an unchecked Democratic legislature have had no impact on that cost of living.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Republicans Release Sick Leave Reform Calculator

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Reminder That Democrats Have Yet to End an Indefensible Perk Costing Taxpayers Millions

New Jersey taxpayers can now view the cost to their individual communities of accumulated unused sick leave by public workers on the Senate Republicans’ website. The “Sick Leave Reform Calculator” demonstrates the financial liabilities incurred by local governments to date as a result of a special perk that has yet to be banned by lawmakers.

With no action scheduled by the Majority on legislation ending these payments prior to the close of the current legislative session, Trenton Democrats have all but ensured that an indefensible practice yielding no public benefit will continue for the foreseeable future.

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District 9

9th District Delegation’s Coastal Evacuation Preparation Measure Passes Assembly

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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 was passed with strong support by the Assembly.

The measure (S-264/A-3224), sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove, would implement recommendations made by the Coastal New Jersey Evacuation Task Force in its final report.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean/Allen Sponsored “Caylee’s Law” Approved by Senate, Assembly

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) and Diane Allen (R- Burlington) upgrading penalties for failing to report the disappearance or death of a child passed both houses of the legislature today and heads to Governor Christie’s desk.

If signed, “Caylee’s Law” the bill upgrades the charge for failing to report the death of a person to the proper authorities. It would now be a fourth degree crime. A new crime of failing to report the disappearance of a child within 24 hours is also created under the legislation, carrying fourth degree penalties as well.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Kyrillos, Bateman, O’Toole: “Given a Chance to Save Taxpayers Money, Majority Takes a Pass”

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Senators Joe Kyrillos, Kip Bateman, and Kevin O’Toole today attempted to provide tax relief to New Jersey residents by forcing votes on long-stalled legislation eliminating payments for unused sick leave for public employees, providing voters the opportunity to opt their community out of civil service rules, and implement accountability in the state’s numerous independent authorities and commissions.

Rebuffed by their colleagues, the Senators issued the following statements condemning the Majority’s reluctance to consider legislation that would save taxpayer dollars:

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill to Reinstate Death Penalty for Child Killers, Cop Killers & Terrorists Blocked by Trenton Dems

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Senator Robert Singer issued the following statement regarding the parliamentary tactic used by the Trenton Democrats to block the consideration of legislation that would reinstate the death penalty in New Jersey for those who murder a child, kill a police officer in the line of duty or commit a terrorist attack that results in fatalities:

“I do not support the death penalty out of a need for revenge or due to malice in my heart. Neither do the many individuals I have met who have suffered from heinous crimes, ” Singer stated. “I support the death penalty because sometimes it is the only way to achieve justice for the victims and families affected by horrible crimes.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer/Allen Bill Increasing Penalties for Illegally Passing School Bus Approved by Committee

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Legislation that would increase the penalty for illegally passing a school bus has been approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. The measure, S-400, is sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-30) and Senator Diane Allen (R-7).

“We know from school bus drivers that people routinely ignore the flashing red lights that are meant to protect children when they are crossing to and from their buses,” said Singer. “It’s clear that the current monetary penalties, as low as $100, are simply not enough to discourage drivers from breaking the law and putting children at risk. This legislation is an important step that will help stop preventable tragedies from occurring.”

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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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