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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Supreme Court Thumbs Its Nose at Taxpayers

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Senator Stresses N.J. Already Spends the Most Per Pupil in the Country

Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, disagreed with the state Supreme Court’s decision today that it is not necessary to consider the state’s fiscal crisis in deciding the legality of education spending cuts made by the Christie administration last spring. In January, the state Supreme Court appointed a “special master” to gather additional information and issue a report on the effect of state funding reductions on school districts by March 31.

“With this ruling, the state Supreme Court has essentially said that the vast majority of taxpayers in New Jersey do not matter and deserve no consideration,” stated Oroho. “The Court has declined to consider the plight of our friends and neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet or find a job. As much as they would like to believe that money is no object, we all know it is.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Planned Parenthood’s Endorsement of Child Trafficking in Undercover Video Must Be Investigated

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Senator Michael Doherty today called on state and federal law enforcement officials to investigate an undercover video purporting to show an employee of Planned Parenthood in Perth Amboy offering advice to a pimp about how to cover-up his involvement in human trafficking and sexual slavery.

The Senator sent a letter to Attorney General Paula Dow asking her to investigate the undercover video. Click here for PDF.

The video from YouTube appears below:

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“This conduct is abhorrent,” Doherty began. “That this agency and its employees would implicitly endorse the trafficking and exploitation of underage sex slaves is beyond my comprehension.”

“It is more repulsive that this same agency has repeatedly asked the state and federal governments to fund its activities with taxpayer dollars,” Doherty continued. “I believe that the taxpayers of this state will want a full and thorough investigation of this organization and its activities.”

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District 9

Gold Star Veteran Measure Co-Sponsored by 9th District Delegation Signed into Law by Governor

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Legislation that authorizes special Gold Star Family motor vehicle license plates for family members of military personnel who died while on active duty has been signed into law by Governor Christie. Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove were cosponsors of the legislation (S-2192) that passed the Legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Under the new law, those family members who would be eligible include a spouse, parent, brother, sister, child, legal guardian or other legal custodian, whether of whole or half blood or by adoption. Application to the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) must be accompanied by satisfactory proof that the applicant is a family member of a member of the armed services who died while on active duty.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer: Tougher Penalties for Aiding Criminals

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Second Bill Introduced That Would Strengthen NJ’s Crime Laws

Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean) introduced legislation today that would increase the penalty for individuals interfering with the apprehension, prosecution, or conviction of a person following the commission of a crime. This legislation comes on the heels of a bill introduced last week by Senator Singer that would reinstitute the death penalty for individuals who murder a child, kill a police officer in the line of duty or commit a terrorist attack that results in fatalities.

“Anyone who assists an individual after the commission of a crime is just as guilty as the original perpetrator and the punishment received should reflect that fact, ” Singer stated. “Tough enforcement today is crime prevention tomorrow.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, McHose & Chiusano Support Governor on Need for School Funding Reform

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Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano (R-24 – Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) were pleased with recent comments made by Governor Christie to re-work the state’s school funding formula and stand ready to assist him in making the funding allocation fairer for the benefit of schools in their legislative district.

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Tom Kean

Republican Senators Call For Hearings on Anti-Gang Legislation

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On the heels of a report by the New Jersey State Police showing 45% of municipalities have reported some gang activity in the past year, Republican Senators Tom Kean, Jr., Sean Kean, and Tony Bucco called for swift consideration of a package of anti-gang bills pending before the Senate:

S-420 (Kean, T.): Enhances penalties for gang criminality and promoting organized street crime.

S-222 (Kean, S.): Makes participation in a criminal street gang a fourth degree offense (18 months in prison and/or $10,000 fine).

S-1729 (Bucco): Requires membership in a gang to be considered by the court(s) when determining a defendant’s bail.

The State Police’s report showed that gang activity has been reported in all 21 New Jersey counties, with 1,575 gang units operating throughout the state.

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean: “Proposal to Cut Corporate Tax Rate Means Broad Based Job Creation”

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Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) said today that all legislators concerned about job creation should support a broad based reduction in the corporate tax rate as recently proposed by Governor Christie. Kean stated that New Jersey’s large corporate tax burden is the chief impediment to sustainable, permanent job creation:

“A corporate tax rate of 9% practically shows the door to employers and the jobs they sustain and create,” said Senator Kean. “One need only look to the closing of Sony’s Pitman plant to understand the consequences our state faces should we fail to act. 300 people in South Jersey employed by that facility are set to lose their livelihoods because it is cheaper to do the work in Indiana. A fact of life in this challenging economy is that job creators will move to the lowest cost environment. If New Jersey chooses not to compete, we will continue to lose jobs and talented citizens to other states.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean Lauds Governor Christie for Firing Passaic Valley Sewerage Commissioners

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State Senator Tom Kean, Jr. issued the following statement in support of Governor Christie’s decision to remove six members of the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission. The Governor has initiated termination for cause proceedings against the Commissioners due to reports of nepotism and abusive contracting practices:

“New Jersey finally has a Governor who is willing to enforce high ethical standards at every level of government. The PVSC Commissioners in question seem to have no remorse for, or desire to fix, the blatantly unethical hiring and contracting practices that occurred on their watches.

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District 9

Major Development on EMS Legislation Affecting Local Volunteer Squads

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Legislation aimed at making wholesale changes to New Jersey’s emergency services system was amended to remove a provision opposed by the 9th District Delegation that would have required two EMTs to staff an ambulance operated by a basic life support first aid, rescue, or ambulance squad. The legislation, A-2095, which is the companion measure of S-818, was recently considered by the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee.

In response to serious concerns raised by local volunteer EMS squads, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove urged in testimony submitted to the Committee that the provision be removed. Local squads feared that the two-EMTs-per-ambulance requirement would force volunteer squads to disband.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Introduces Bill to Reinstate Death Penalty in New Jersey

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10 Police Officers Killed by Gunfire Already in 2011 Shows Need For Revamped Law

Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean) introduced legislation today 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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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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