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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, McHose & Chiusano: Governor’s Decision to Pull Out of RGGI “A Good First Step”

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Governor Chris Christie’s decision to pull out of RGGI – New Jersey’s version of the Cap & Trade energy tax – was applauded today by the 24th District legislative team of Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano. RGGI was rushed through the lame duck Democrat-controlled Legislature and signed into law by then-Governor Jon Corzine in January 2008. Today’s action came after a year-long lobbying effort by grassroots conservatives.

“Governor Christie’s decision to repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, eliminates a large burden that will make New Jersey more friendly for businesses and affordable for consumers and homeowners,” said Senator Steve Oroho.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, McHose & Chiusano Applaud Court Ruling on E-Verify

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State Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano (R-24) praised a United States Supreme Court ruling today sustaining an Arizona law that penalizes businesses for hiring workers who are in the United States illegally. In its ruling, the Court rejected arguments that states have no role in immigration matters.

By a 5-3 vote, the Court said that federal immigration law gives states the power to impose sanctions on employers who hire illegal workers. The law in question was passed by Arizona’s legislature in 2007.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Governor’s Action Is the Right Move for New Jersey’s Unemployed

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Christie Ends New Jersey’s Participation in RGGI

Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement in support of Governor Christie ending New Jersey’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (RGGI)

“Governor Christie moved decisively today to end New Jersey participation in a scheme that penalized the state’s taxpayers for pollution that originates in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Two states that do not participate in the RGGI. This proposal never made any sense for the environment or the people of the state.

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean: “Supreme Court Goes off the Deep End”

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Decision Fails Children and Taxpayers

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement in response to the New Jersey Supreme Court’s ruling ordering the state to spend $500 million on the 31 former Abbott school districts:

“The unelected justices of the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a ruling today that created law from the bench despite having no constitutional authority to do so. In so doing, they have thumbed their noses at the residents of the state who elected a Governor and a Legislature to make these policy decisions as is prescribed by the state constitution.”

“The Court is wrong. A thorough and efficient system of education is not solely contingent on dollars, but requires significant reforms to make those dollars work better for students: rewarding excellent teachers for merit rather than longevity, reforming tenure to more easily and quickly remove ineffective educators from the classroom, and capping superintendent salaries to rein in administrative costs. Quality education is about holding the system accountable for student outcomes, and we should not turn to spending as a remedy until accountability measures are put in place.”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale: Two Members of the Court Acknowledge That Constitutional Boundaries Have Been Exceeded

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Senator Gerald Cardinale noted today that two of the five voting members of the New Jersey Supreme Court dissented from the latest Abbott Decision because the “relief demanded of this court treads on the constitutional prerogatives of the Legislature and the Executive branch.” Cardinale stated:

“The two dissenting opinions of the court are very telling. Two justices argued that the court had no right to order the Legislature to spend money. This is a principle that is maintained in both the state and federal constitutions. Only the Legislature can appropriate and spend the taxpayers’ money, not the executive branch and certainly not the Supreme Court.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Proposes Constitutional Amendment in Response to Court Decision on School Funding

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement in response decision of the New Jersey State Supreme Court to order the Legislature to expend additional money for Abbott districts:

“Once again, the Court has overstepped its clearly defined constitutional authority. This position was acknowledged by the two dissenting justices.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman: Court Decision Ignores Suburban Students and Taxpayers

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset/Morris) issued the following statement today after the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that an additional $500 million must be spent on chronically failing urban school districts:

“We need to wrest control of education funding from the courts, which have continuously decided the only way to lift up our needy children is to pump vast sums of money into urban districts with little or no accountability for results. This process diverts resources from equally deserving students in other districts, as well as overburdens state taxpayers.

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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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