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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean Praises Assembly Committee Passage of Opportunity Scholarship Act

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State Senator Tom Kean, Jr. issued this statement following the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee’s approval of “The Opportunity Scholarship Act,” A2810/S1872:

“With the Committee’s action today, New Jersey stands poised to offer real, immediate help to children and families of limited means who are currently trapped in chronically failing school districts through no fault of their own.

“The vast majority of people can see that the Opportunity Scholarship Act is about providing a solution for a unique group of children facing long odds and massive obstacles, not about dismantling public education in New Jersey.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Praises Governor’s Rejection of Ineffective Civil Service Reforms

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Calls on Democrats to Support Legislation that Works

Senator Kip Bateman (R-16), the sponsor of legislation that would enact comprehensive reform to the state’s civil service laws, praised Governor Chris Christie for signing a conditional veto of weak civil service legislation sponsored by Democrats that the Governor called, “tepid, ineffective and meaningless change.”

In response to the conditional veto of A-3590, Senator Bateman issued the following statement:

“After working with Republicans to enact a two-percent property tax cap last year, it is disappointing that Democrats have repeatedly blocked legislation, including comprehensive civil service reform, which is needed to make the cap work.

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco to Democrats: Stop Talking About Tax Increases If You Are Serious About Jobs Creation

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Senate Republican Budget Officer, Anthony Bucco, challenged New Jersey Democrats today to take all tax increases off the table:

“If the New Jersey Democratic Party is serious about creating jobs then they will stop talking about potential tax increases. Under Governor Christie’s and Senator Tom Kean’s leadership New Jersey has finally begun to turn the corner.

“This state is digging itself out of a hole, more than a decade in the making, which was created by the Democrats and their 115 tax increases. The economy is slowly but surely recovering and the unemployment rate has finally fallen below the national average.

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean and Sean Kean Call for Anti-Gang Legislation to Be Heard at Next Law & Public Safety Committee Meeting

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Senators Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) and Sean Kean (R- Monmouth) submitted the following letter (view as PDF) to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee Chairman John Girgenti urging him to post two anti-gang bills, S-222 and S-240, on Monday’s Law and Public Safety Committee agenda:

Dear Chairman Girgenti,

We respectfully request the addition of bills S-222 and S-420, of which we are the prime sponsors, to the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee agenda for Monday, February 7, 2011.

Given reports of rising gang activity in the State of New Jersey, we applaud your initiative as chairman to examine how state and local law enforcement can respond to this problem.  Any discussion of this issue, however, would be incomplete without the inclusion of S-222 and S-420.  These bills criminalize the very act of belonging to a street gang and enhance penalties for the promotion of street crime, respectively.

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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:

Click here to view the video.

“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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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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