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Senator Tom Kean

Senator Tom Kean Notes Federal Government’s Actions on Student Loans

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President Also Needs to End Debt Collectors’ Robo Calls to Cell Phones

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean released the following statement regarding a proposal by President Obama that would allow students to consolidate their loans at lower interest rates:

“The very difficult economic environment that has persisted during President Obama’s tenure demands that extraordinary measures be taken to ease the burden of students unable to find employment. The President’s proposal to permit students to consolidate loans from the federal government, at lower interest rates is worthy of consideration in these difficult economic times and could provide some relief to struggling graduates.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Lauds Reported Proposal to Extend No. 7 Subway Line to NJ

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Says Plan Makes More Sense than Cancelled ARC Tunnel, Billions Cheaper for NJ Taxpayers

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) said that a proposal that reportedly is being considered to extend New York City’s Number 7 subway line to the Secaucus Junction rail station would provide mass transit in the region with a much needed boost in capacity, provide commuters with increased flexibility and save New Jersey taxpayers billions of dollars relative to the cancelled ARC tunnel project.

“Unlike the ARC tunnel project, which Governor Christie rightly cancelled last year, the extension of the Number 7 subway line to Secaucus Junction makes sense for New Jersey,” said Pennacchio. “While the ARC tunnel would have sent riders to a new station deep under Macy’s basement that connected to nothing else, train riders connecting to the Number 7 line at Secaucus Junction would immediately be tied into the whole New York City subway system. This makes practical sense for New Jersey commuters in a way that the ARC tunnel never did.”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale Supports Governor Christie’s Call for Constitutional Amendment

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Common-Sense Solution to Nonsensical Court Decision

Senator Gerald Cardinale, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement supporting Governor Christie’s call for a constitutional amendment to clarify that the Judiciary must pay more for their pension and health benefits:

“I support the Governor’s call for an amendment to address the recent court decision that found that the Judiciary is exempt from the higher contribution requirements in the recently passed pension and health benefits reforms.     This is fundamentally an issue of fairness, all public employees are making sacrifices, and judges should not be set apart as a special, privileged class of employee  – the Judiciary.

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean: Democrats’ Continued Inaction Hurts Financially Strapped Cities

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Failure to Allow Vote on Transitional Aid Bill Likely to Lead to Downgrade by Moody’s

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) said that by stalling on a transitional aid bill that would provide a much needed financial lifeline to several struggling New Jersey cities, legislative Democrats have increased the likelihood that credit rating downgrades will be issued for those cities making future borrowing more expensive.

“The failure of Democrats to move forward on approving a transitional aid bill that is waiting to be voted on will hurt the residents of New Jersey’s cities both now and in the future,” said Kean. “This aid would help our cities to fund critical services including police and fire departments in their current budgets, and would prevent likely credit downgrades that would make future budgets even more expensive for taxpayers.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill Makes Business Action Center Permanent

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Resource Helps Businesses that Want to Locate, Grow or Expand in New Jersey

Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) that would make the New Jersey Business Action Center a permanent component of the Department of State was passed by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today.

“The New Jersey Business Action Center is a concrete example of how the state can play a key role in helping grow, retain and attract businesses to New Jersey.” Oroho stated. “We need to make sure this worthwhile initiative stays in place and continues to serve as a resource for supporting businesses and creating jobs.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Proposes $2 Billion Bond to Remediate Passaic River Flooding

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Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, announced today that he is proposing a $2 billion bond issue to alleviate flooding along the Passaic River. The bond issue would have to be approved by voters.

“The Passaic River has been flooding severely for decades, and following Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee is it obvious that the Passaic River Basin needs a long-term permanent fix,” Pennacchio began. “I have had preliminary conversations with Treasury officials and the non-partisan Office of Legislative Services to continue working on the language of the proposal.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Named “Taxpayer Champion”

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Scores 100% Second Year in a Row

Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) was recently named a “Taxpayer Champion” by the New Jersey Taxpayer Alliance. The Alliance selected Senator Bateman after an analysis of voting records on bills deemed crucial to the taxpayer community.

“The New Jersey Taxpayers Alliance seeks to improve the quality of life in New Jersey by holding elected officials accountable for their actions when taxpayers’ money is at stake, ” Bateman stated. “I am grateful for the recognition of the Alliance for my work on behalf of all taxpayers and trying to make New Jersey more affordable and Trenton more accountable.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, McHose & Chiusano Recognized as “Taxpayer Champions”

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Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano, R-24, announced today, they were recognized as “Taxpayer Champions” by the New Jersey Taxpayer Alliance.

“Standing up for taxpayers in New Jersey is job number one for Alison, Gary and me,” said Oroho, who serves on the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. “We are continuing our mission to make New Jersey more competitive to bring in new businesses and private sector jobs and it starts with making sure our tax policies are attractive.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean: All 16 GOP Senators Named “Taxpayer Champions”

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“Tax Policy is Jobs Policy”

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement today after the New Jersey Taxpayer Alliance (NJTA) named all 16 Republican Senators as “Taxpayer Champions.” The Alliance honored the legislators after an analysis of voting records on bills deemed crucial to the taxpayer community.

“My Republican colleagues and I understand that tax policy is jobs policy. Our goal is to make New Jersey competitive again so that we can attract new businesses and private sector jobs for New Jersey workers. This starts with making sure our tax policies are reasonable and consistent.

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Blasts Obama’s Phone Proposal

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President’s Proposal Would Authorize Private Debt Collectors to Call Cell Phones of People Delinquent on Debts Owed to the Federal Government

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean released the following statement regarding a formal proposal, submitted by President Obama, that would authorize private debt collectors to call the cell phones of people delinquent on student loans and other debts owed the Federal Government. Debt collectors may currently make “robo” calls to landlines but not to cell phones:

“I am appalled President Obama has aligned himself with the private debt collection industry to expand their ability to make harassing ‘robo’ calls to people’s cell phones.

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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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