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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Pension System Sinks Into Greater Insolvency Due to Inaction

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Doing Nothing Is the Worst Possible Option

Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and sponsor of S-2705, issued the following statement regarding the delay in adopting pension and health benefits reform:

“Everyone agrees that reforming the public employee’s pension and health benefits allowances is critically necessary to returning New Jersey to fiscal health. The reforms that are ultimately adopted must address current budget shortfalls as well as projected shortfalls over the next several decades.

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District 9

Gove Will Join Connors on Veterans’ Hospital Task Force

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In a recent announcement, Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove has been appointed to join Senator Christopher J. Connors on the “New Jersey Veterans’ Hospital Task Force,” which will be charged with studying and evaluating, and developing recommendations relating to the construction and operation of a veterans’ health care facility in southern New Jersey.

Senator Connors was a prime sponsor of the legislation, which was also cosponsored by Assemblywoman Gove and fellow 9th District Legislator Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf.

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean Asks For April 28th Votes on Tax Relief, Early Release Repeal

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Calling the Senate’s April agenda a “moment of truth for the Majority’s commitment to reform,” Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) has requested Senate action on four pieces of property tax relief and public safety legislation.

“The Senate President is to be commended for holding an unusual April session,” said Kean, “but that session needs to get something accomplished for the taxpayers of this state rather than allow legislators to look busy. We’re up against the clock to provide property tax relief to the most highly taxed people in America, and to repeal a misguided early release program that has resulted in tragedy for two families.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman: Early Release Program is Threat to Public Safety

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Calls For An Immediate Senate Vote On Repeal Measure

Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset/Morris), a member of both the Senate’s Judiciary and Law and Public Safety committees, has endorsed legislation ending New Jersey’s early release program which makes some prisoners who have passed their parole date and have less than six months on their sentences¬†eligible to be released and called for a floor vote on legislation repealing the law at the next Senate Voting Session on April 28th.

Governor Corzine signed the law allowing early release in the final hours of his term as Governor.

“I voted against this law last year and I support its immediate repeal today. The program does crippling damage in the public’s faith that government is doing all it can to protect them from violent offenders,” Bateman stated.

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean, Jr. Mourns the Passing of John Adler

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. issued the following statement mourning the passing of John Adler, a former New Jersey Senator and U.S. Representative:

“I want to extend my deepest condolences to John’s wife, Shelley, their four boys, and the entire Adler family. John was smart, passionate, energetic, and dedicated throughout his long career in public service. He was a friend to all of us in the Senate and a living reminder that it is possible to disagree with one another without being disagreeable. New Jersey is a better place having been served by John Adler. He will be missed.”

Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Mike Doherty
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Members of Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee Praise Administration for Fiscal Discipline

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee agreed with State Treasurer Sidamon-Eristoff that continued fiscal discipline is required to continued New Jersey’s recovery from the most severe recession in more than 70 years. The Republican members of the Committee are: Senators Bucco, Oroho, Pennacchio, O’Toole and Doherty.

“The testimony presented by the State Treasurer clearly shows that, while we have a long way to go on the road to recovery, the Administration’s commitment to fiscal discipline is working. The state revenue picture is better, and more stable, today than it was just one year ago in the midst of the worst recession our state has seen in 70 years.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Calls for Vote on Bills to End Double Dipping by Elected Officials

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Calling them crucial to restoring public trust in government, state Senator Steve Oroho (R- Sussex/Hunterdon/Morris) called on Senate leadership to move two bills that would end double dipping by elected officials. Senate bills 346 and 1875 would repeal provisions in current law that allows elected officials to retire in the state’s pension system while continuing to hold office:

“There are few more egregious examples of self dealing than an elected official retiring from the public pension system while continuing to hold, and be compensated for serving in, elected office,” said Oroho.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Sen. Oroho Supports Gubernatorial Veto Authority Over Independent Agencies that Use Public Funds

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Says Greater Oversight of Taxpayer Money Welcome

Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) said he strongly supports a proposal put forth by Governor Christie that would extend gubernatorial veto authority over all of the state’s independent authorities, boards and commissions to the Governor’s Office and State Comptroller.

“For far too long many of these agencies have acted independently of oversight and as a result we have uncontrolled spending, salaries, and perks paid for by taxpayers and ratepayers, ” Oroho stated. “Placing greater accountability will lower the costs for the families and businesses that utilize the very necessary services that these agencies provide.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: What’s Going On Here? SBA Hearings Cancelled Again

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Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee (SBA),¬† issued the following statement regarding the cancellation of Wednesday’s Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. The Senator questioned the approach to the scheduling of the SBA meetings being applied. The Department of Community Affairs and the Department of Environmental Protection were scheduled to testify tomorrow on their budgetary priorities.

“It is unfortunate that tomorrow’s hearings before the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee have been canceled. The two departments scheduled to appear before the committee are closely involved in many of New Jersey’s most significant issues including, COAH, municipal aid and land use questions.

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio

Bucco and Pennacchio Disappointed Treasurer’s Testimony Canceled

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Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco and Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, expressed their disappointment that the testimony of State Treasurer Sidamon-Eristoff was canceled today:

“It is unprecedented that the testimony of the State Treasurer would be canceled on the opening day of the state budget season. This morning’s testimony by David Rosen, the OLS Legislative Budget and Finance Officer, was instructive on the improving health of New Jersey’s budget,” Bucco said.

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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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