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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Bill Protecting Families Recover from School Violence Clears Senate

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Exempts Donated Money From State Taxes

Legislation sponsored by Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen) that would exempt families, who are victims of school violence, from paying state taxes on money received from a memorial fund or other charitable cause was unanimously passed by the Senate yesterday.

“This money was raised by individuals and given to families to assist them in their time of need, ” Cardinale said. “The state should not turn around and add to their hardship by taxing these funds.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Sen. Kean Hails Bi-Partisan Arbitration Reform Plan

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State Senator Tom Kean, Jr. today issued the following statement praising the arbitration reform agreement between Governor Christie and legislative leaders:

“By working together, we have restored balance to the arbitration process to better control property taxes for middle-class families,” said Senator Kean. “Too many families have reached a breaking point with their ability to afford the costly expenses of local government. With this agreement, public employees and taxpayers can continue to live, work, and raise their families in a state that is more affordable for all. This is truly a historic day for New Jersey.”

District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove on Oyster Creek Announcement: Time to Develop Decommissioning Process

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In light of the announcement by Exelon, the operator of the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Facility, that the company will cease operations at the facility in 2019, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove are calling for immediate action on their legislation (S-866/A-296) that would establish a New Jersey Coordinating Council on the Decommissioning of Nuclear Power Generating Facilities.

In response to today’s announcement, the 9th District delegation immediately wrote to Governor Chris Christie asking for the Administration’s support for their legislation that was initially introduced in January of 2004. In its letter to the Governor, the delegation emphasized their concerns regarding the potential economic and environmental impact that facility’s closure would have on the local area.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho/Sweeney Tax Reform Bill Clears Committee

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Legislation authored by Senators Steve Oroho (R- Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) and Stephen Sweeney (D- Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem) reforming how the corporation business tax is calculated for New Jersey employers has cleared the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. The bill, S-1646, would require a single sales factor formula for calculating the tax instead of the current three factor formula.

“I’m pleased that this bill to make New Jersey’s tax code more competitive has received a favorable recommendation to the full Senate by the Budget Committee,” said Senator Oroho. “Not only do we need to reduce the tax burden for New Jersey families and businesses, but we must also make sure that our system of taxation is fair and easy to navigate. By simplifying this portion of our tax code, we are making New Jersey a more attractive destination for employers large and small.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Statement on Pearl Harbor Day

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement in remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day:

“Every year we honor the thousands of people who lost their lives or were injured during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. That fateful day was a turning point in the War and in our country’s history and we are forever indebted to those brave men and women who altered the course of history.

“As we reflect, this day of commemoration is especially poignant as current members of our armed forces serve overseas around the globe. Each and every day, they put their lives on the line and go months without seeing family and friends so that we can be safe at home.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Mike Doherty

Pennacchio & Doherty Introduce Resolution to Study Regional Rail Cooperation

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Senators Joe Pennacchio and Michael Doherty, members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, introduced a Senate Resolution today that would create the “Passenger Rail System Study Commission” to promote regional cooperation between various rail systems.

“The need for regional cooperation between the various rail systems is long overdue,” Pennacchio began. “We must create a streamlined mass transportation system to move passengers and goods throughout the region quickly and efficiently.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Appointed to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R- Somerset) is pleased to announce his appointment by Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) to the New Jersey Senate’s Law and Public Safety Committee.

“Preserving our quality of life in New Jersey means, first and foremost, keeping our communities safe,” said Senator Bateman. “Lawmakers cannot and should not rest until every citizen is able to go to sleep at night knowing that their streets are safe and that in the midst of an emergency, government is able to respond swiftly and effectively. As the most densely populated state in America and one that faces unique security threats due to geography, New Jersey’s public safety needs are unique. I am eager to work with my colleagues on the committee to ensure that even in the midst of significant financial challenges, our public safety and law enforcement agencies are empowered by to protect the residents of this state.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

NJ Legislation Bans TSA Scanners and Criminalizes Unreasonable Searches and Invasive Pat Downs

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New Jersey Senator Michael Doherty (R-Warren, Hunterdon) announced today that he has introduced three pieces of legislation drafted to eliminate any immunity TSA agents might enjoy when violating New Jersey law during unnecessary and invasive airport screenings:

“For more than a month now, the TSA has quite literally stuck their finger in the eye of law-abiding American citizens while trampling on their constitutionally guaranteed liberties,” Doherty stated. “We call upon every state legislature in our great country to immediately act to put our federal government on notice that the dignity of our citizens shall not be the cost of a failed federal open border policy.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Senator Pennacchio Challenges New Jersey’s U.S. Senators to Defend the State’s Taxpayers, Not Washington

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris/Passaic), a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, is once again questioning why both of New Jersey’s United States Senators have failed to side with New Jersey taxpayers by demanding the Federal government waive the $271 million contribution toward the ill-conceived, failed ARC Tunnel project.

“This project came with an open ended commitment for cost overruns that our Governor and New Jersey taxpayers refuse to accept. Even after the U.S. Inspector General criticized the project, the Federal government along with our two U.S. Senators continue to ask for $271 million which would be paid for with money we simply don’t have,” said Pennacchio.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Christie Right to Fight Feds on FTA Money

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding news that Governor Christie has retained outside counsel to fight the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) unreasonable demand that New Jersey taxpayers pay for its failed project:

“I am deeply disturbed by the FTA’s unreasonable, capricious and arbitrary demand that New Jersey taxpayers pay it for a project doomed to fail. The FTA set in motion a chain of events that inevitably led to the correct decision by Governor Christie to stop throwing good money after bad.

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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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