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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Statement on Signing of Barnegat Bay Bills

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove today hailed Governor Christie’s signing of three bills aimed at protecting the Barnegat Bay as a comprehensive effort to address one of the state’s leading environmental issues. The bills are as follows:

  • A-2290: will establish standards for the application of fertilizer to limit the amount of nitrogen entering the Bay through stormwater runoff.
  • A-2501: will require that soil which has been disturbed be restored to optimal conditions following any type of construction.
  • A-3606: will require the Department of Transportation & the Department of the Treasury to conduct a study of all stormwater basins owned by the state in the Barnegat Bay watershed to identify which are malfunctioning, and to submit to the Governor and the Legislature a list of the malfunctioning basins prioritized to indicate the order in which they should be repaired and the estimated cost for each repair.

Each member of the 9th District Delegation was co-sponsor of the fertilizer legislation (A-2290) and compaction legislation (A-2501) and voted in favor of all three measures.

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean: “Higher Education Taskforce Reiterates Need for Toolkit Reforms”

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In response to recommendations made by the Governor’s Higher Education Taskforce on modernizing and improving state colleges and universities, Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) issued the following statement calling for immediate consideration of stalled toolkit reforms aimed at improving the affordability of higher education:

“The Higher Education Taskforce has released a detailed and comprehensive set of recommendations to one of the most important tasks before state government: improving the quality, accessibility, and competitiveness of our higher education system,” said Senator Kean. “Achieving many of the report’s recommendations are reliant upon several reforms proposed by Senate Republicans as part of the toolkit package that will increase autonomy of individual institutions and the accountability of administrators. My Republican colleagues asked that these bills be considered after months of delay during the Senate’s last voting session, but were rebuffed by the Majority.

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New Jersey Senate Republicans

ICYMI: Courier-Post Pans Sarlo/Van Drew Move to Protect Corrupt Politicians from Witness Tampering Rules

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Editorial: Don’t Limit Judges on ‘Hearsay’ Testimony

The following editorial was published in the Courier-Post on January 4, 2010:

When witnesses have been intimidated, judges should always have the power to decide on testimony.

While there are sentencing guidelines that lay out recommended minimum and maximum prison terms for certain federal and state crimes, in the end, judges have the option to see to it that in each unique case, the punishment fits the crime. Since no two crimes and the circumstances that surround them are exactly the same, we believe it is right for judges and, in death penalty cases, juries, to have discretion about sentencing.

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean Calls on NJ Democrats to Support Comprehensive Pay to Play Ban

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) issued the following statement in response to comments made by Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono and Assembly Majority Leader Joe Cryan regarding pay to play reform:

“Any calls for pay to play reform cannot be considered serious or credible unless they include Republicans’ repeated proposals to establish a blanket pay to play ban that extends to everyone- including labor unions. Public employee unions receive among the largest state and local government contracts in existence, yet are allowed to spend freely on political campaigns and activities.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Statement on Associate Justice Rivera-Soto

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) issued the following statement¬†regarding Associate Supreme Court Justice Roberto Rivera-Soto’s announcement that he will not seek reappointment:

“Associate Justice Rivera-Soto deserves the thanks of a grateful state for his willingness to serve the people of New Jersey over the last seven years. His announcement, however, is a reminder of the urgency in holding a hearing on the stalled nomination of Anne Patterson to the Supreme Court. The Senate has a duty to offer advise and consent on the Governor’s nominations. That means hearings and an up or down vote, not delay and political posturing.

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Senator Steve Oroho

In Case You Missed It: Praise for Oroho’s State Spending Cap

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Editorial: Double Standard on Spending Cap

The following editorial was published in the Asbury Park Press on January 3, 2011:

Among the important pieces of legislation left on the table when our state senators and Assembly members adjourned for the holidays was one that builds upon the most noteworthy bill passed so far from Gov. Chris Christie’s “toolkit” package to address taxes and government spending.

The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Steven Oroho, R-Sussex, would extend the 2 percent cap on annual spending increases that municipal governments and school districts must adhere to beginning in 2011 to state government. With some exceptions, state government departments and agencies would not be allowed to increase their budgets by more than 2 percent from one year to the next.

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Senator Tom Kean

Senators Laud Port Authority Decision on Bayonne Bridge

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) and Senators Andy Ciesla (R- Ocean) and Sean Kean (R- Monmouth), issued the following statements lauding the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s decision to increase the navigational clearance of the Bayonne Bridge:

Senator Tom Kean, Jr.:

“Port Newark-Elizabeth’s container shipping facility, and the thousands of jobs it provides, is a vital economic engine for our region. Its future viability is dependent upon our ability to receive larger ships that will be passing through a newly expanded Panama Canal. The Port Authority’s decision to raise the Bayonne Bridge in order to accommodate these ships is good news for New Jersey’s economy and will ensure that Port Newark-Elizabeth remains among the largest shipping hubs in North America. Had the Port Authority chosen not to meet the demands of these larger ships, we would have effectively ceded millions of dollars of economic activity and countless jobs to other East Coast destinations.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Passage of Arbitration Law Is Real Property Tax Reform

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following comments regarding his binding arbitration bill that was signed into law today. Senator Doherty is the primary sponsor of the legislation.

“Governor Christie’s signing the arbitration bill into law today is revolutionary. Only a few months ago, few people in the state thought that an agreement that has the potential to dramatically reform property tax levies, would be achievable.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Statement On Arbitration Reform

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Senator Robert Singer (R- Ocean) issued the following statement following Governor Christie’s formal signing into law of interest arbitration reform:

“Today, reform that many in New Jersey thought impossible has become law: a reasonable cap on interest arbitration awards. State government has taken a momentous step in stabilizing out of control property taxes and restoring faith with a public angered by the imposition of public employee contracts more generous than those enjoyed by the average taxpayer.

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District 9

Senate Passes Connors, Rumpf & Gove Measure Creating Tax Credit For Psychiatric Treatment of Veterans

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The State Senate approved legislation (S-1026) sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would allow for a tax credit to be available for unreimbursed psychiatric treatment provided to a veteran who has been honorably discharged from active military service and is a resident of the state.

The 9th District Legislators issued the following statement following the passage of their legislation:

“This initiative, which has bipartisan support, was developed with the mental welfare of our troops in mind by augmenting the critical psychiatric services that are already set by the VA.

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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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